Birthday road trip | Banff, hot springs | Canada's 150th


This year I was celebrating a milestone birthday. I wanted to experience something brand new (to me) and opted for a family road trip. 

In true planning fashion, I started with a good google map. Little did I know it would end up being 2000km over 6 days. A ton of driving for my husband and my little girl!

Day 1: we travelled to Kelowna. We had lunch at Quail's gate, visited Mission Hill and bought a bottle of wine from Mount Boucherie. Thanks to family we were visiting, we got some very nice adult time in. My daughter doesn't have much patience for wine tasting.

Day 2: We travelled to Banff, via Revelstoke. We stopped at the very retro 3 Valley Gap. It was their first day of opening, so it felt a bit "abandoned" but still super cool. As we came into Banff, we travelled via the Bow Valley Parkway (in hopes of spotting some wildlife). Then we stopped at the customary lookout, just above the vermillion lakes. We stayed right in in the middle of town at Brewster's Mountain Lodge. It was super central, clean and quiet. The continental breakfast made me feel like I was in prison but all things considered, I'd still recommend it.

Day 3: Was our only full day in Banff and man oh man, was it jam-packed! We started off at the Cave + Basins historic site. It was pretty and educational. Then lunch at Park Distillery which was so inspiring - great food, design and staff. Then on to the Banff upper hot springs. They were super busy, more like a pool than what I was expecting. I didn't take photos but did capture some of the fun on my Spectacles. You can view the rest of the videos on YouTube here.

We continued our adventures on the gondola and capped off the amazing day with a meal at the stunning Banff Springs hotel. If I were to go back, I'd try to hit up their afternoon tea. The views in the lounge are off the hook!

Day 4: Sadly, we had to leave Banff, but spent some time at Vermillion Lakes before heading out. We were really hoping to see some wildlife. Aside from some scat, we were out of luck. Then it was on to Radium hot springs via Storm Mountain Lodge and a hike through Marble Canyon
As we left the hot springs and drove through the town of Radium, we were lucky enough to spot some Big Horn Sheep. They were super casual, hanging out on the hillside right next to the highway!

By Day 5, the whole family was pretty done with all of the driving. We woke up in Revelstoke on Easter Sunday and found ourselves a restaurant with amazing brunch. Refreshed from our breakfast, we decided to push on with our last day and headed out towards Halcyon hot springs. They did not disappoint - definitely my favourite (and the most relaxing) of all the pools we visited. We also had a quick visit to the town of Nakusp and enjoyed a few of the ferries across the Arrow Lakes.

Our last night, we stayed in a great suite at the Castle on Swan Lake in Vernon. We travelled back through Kelowna, stopping for lunch in Merritt (shown in the logging shot). Such an amazing vacation with the family. A bit rushed for sur,e but now we will know all of our favourite spots to return to.