Banff || 36 Hour Travel Guide

Typically we travel as a family to Banff twice a year. I love to experience this magic mountain town during multiple seasons. This trip was short and sweet for Harper’s 6th birthday. Here is what we got up to in 36 hours before in one of our favourite Alberta spots.

Accommodation: Mount Royal Hotel

Location, location, location. Right on main street in the heart of Banff. Step outside the front doors and everything is right there. The roof top hot tub was a bonus with amazing views. This is our third stay at this hotel and we would definitely book it again.

Eats:

Blue Bird

This midcentury modern steakhouse was a vibe. So inviting, warm and sexy. The food was exceptional. Even our kids meals tasted great and usually at a restaurant those meals are an afterthought and let’s be honest gross. Dishes of note, the prime rib is a must with Yorkshire pudding. Please note, it was packed when we were there, I highly recommend a reservation. On Sunday they have a prime rib special of that aligns with your travel dates.

Brazen 

Light, bright and such a gorgeous space for a date night. The kids were completely satisfied with their meals but the homemade ice cream sandwiches were the game changer for the two of them. Matt and I shared and sampled quite a few dishes. The stand out was definitely the ginger beef! Presentation was epic. And we are still dreaming about it.

Shopping: Jolene’s Teahouse, Spirit of Christmas, Banff candy store, Canada Goose and Patagonia. 

Sights: Bow Falls

Misses: Sad to see Banff’s Santa Clause Parade was cancelled for yet another year. We have wanted to experience that for quite some time. Maybe next year. We love to go on the gondola up Sulphur Mountain, the views are exceptional but unfortunately it was down for seasonal maintenance. NightRise at the gondola sounds incredible and I hope to experience that someday. And we were just a few days early for the Christmas market. If you were going to Banff this December I highly recommend checking it out.

Road Trip! Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo

We soaked up the last few days of summer with one last road trip. Every summer break before the start of another school year we like to hit the open road and check out a local Alberta community. This year we went to Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo. This close-knit community was so welcoming and family friendly. We discovered high ropes courses, zip lines, playgrounds and a water park at the aquatic centre. The kids had a blast and are already asking when we’ll go back for another swim! 

Here are my top 3 must do’s while in the region: 

Vista Ridge Aerial Park: Alastair and my husband had a blast on this aerial course. Harper however wasn’t quite old enough this time but she wants to try next time we go! They did the children’s beginner course and it took them about 1.5 hours. Definitely plan for a few hours to fully experience all levels of this attraction. 

Mitchell’s Café: You know it’s a popular eatery when you arrive to a line up out the door 20 people deep! Honestly one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever experienced. (I got the Montreal Smoked Meat) And Harper announced she wanted the bread recipe. 

MacDonald Island – Aquatic Facility: we swam for HOURS! And the kids did the purple water slide 8 times in a row. (IYKYK) We experienced the pool, lazy river and water slides. This was a highlight for the kids. There was so much more in that facility that we could have done! A Library, indoor play park, rinks and a climbing wall. We’d definitely come back and allot way more time for that experience. 

For more information on everything the region has to offer, visit: www.fmwb.ca

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Economic Development & Tourism but my thoughts and opinions remain my own. AD 

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Dining Room Update // The difference a light bright marble table can make

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Meet our new MARBLE dining table!!! And yes, it’s been my dream furniture item for over a decade. The Carlyle M. from Mobilia was exactly what I was looking for. By trading out the dark wood of our last table the room looks so much bigger! And it’s almost the exact same footprint in the room. It’s dramatic what a light coloured table can do. I love that mid century modern feel of the 1960’s with the tulip base. The glossy Carrara marble top is wipeable and so far very family friendly. I’m so happy with how our space turned out. 

Disclaimer: Mobilia gifted the dining table to us but did not pay for this post or others. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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The Perfect Family Friendly Leather Sectional

We’ve wanted a brown leather sectional for about 6 years. The wait until both of our kids were out of that messy baby / toddler phase has been a journey. With that said, they are still kids so we searched for a family friendly leather option. Welcome the NEAL from Mobilia. We love the darker brown tone that will hopefully age and aide in covering life as a family. The plush leather pillows zip into place to help maintain that structure and look with our fort making children around. The contrasting stitching is easily one of my favourite details of this sectional. We really wanted a sturdy sectional that could withstand true family usage. Thanks to its solid wood structure, it’s guaranteed to beautify our room for years to come. Love the feel of comfort in this space and this sectional definitely adds that classic style we love.

Thank you to Mobilia for partnering with us this family room refresh.

Disclaimer: The sectional was provided for free from Mobilia. Mobilia did not pay for this post, my thoughts and opinions remain my own .
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My Kinley Tunic from Plenty is here! #Sponsored

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The day has finally come, my handpicked Kinley tunic from Plenty launches today! I’m over the moon to be included in this exclusive collaboration with one of my favourite Canadian stores. I own 5 different Kinley sweaters and wear them on repeat. I wanted to choose a neutral that could easily transition from every season. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Every piece of clothing styled with my Kinley is from Plenty as well. (except my footwear) My unique discount code for 10% off your entire order is Kira10. It is active until the end of this month.

Happy shopping.
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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored and paid by Plenty but my thoughts remain my own.

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