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Monday, February 1, 2010

Travelocity Roaming Gnome Fun

Thank you to the Travelocity Roaming Gnome and his Banff Guide for coming by the Banff Park Lodge while enroute to Banff's Mount Norquay.

The following is from the Travelocity Roaming Gnome Diary. Great times!

Dear Diary,

I've just got back from my trip to Banff, which was a splendid antidote to this case of cabin fever I'd been battling. Despite worrying that my beard might freeze upon stepping off the plane in Calgary - only a 90-minute drive from Banff! - the weather was was pleasant and sunny. I did some marvelous skiing in the Canadian Rockies, went ice-skating at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and hitched a ride with KingMik Dogsled Tours (by jove, those puppies were fast.) I took a dip in Banff Springs, slipped into the hot tub at Sunshine Village, took a super ice walk with Discovery Banff Tours, and spent an afternoon at the Willow Stream Spa. I made some new friends at the Elk and Oarsman and sampled an embarrassingly large number of Banff’s excellent restaurants (yes, I’m carrying a little extra winter weight at the moment, don’t judge.) And I was certainly the life of the party at Aurora Nightclub and the Hoodoo Lounge. As if you’d expect anything less.

My word, I need a vacation after that vacation! Huge thanks to Banff Lake Louise Tourism and the entire Banff community for their warm welcome. Have a peek at my vacation snaps and videos below!

The Travelocity Roaming Gnome

PS: Want to cure your own cabin fever? You’ll find a host of smashingly affordable ideas here!

Skiing at Lake Louise. I was even better than this guy, I promise. You just can’t see it in the pictures.

In the hot tub at Sunshine Village. Steady on, ladies, there’s enough of me to go around.

It’s awfully hard to make snow angels when your hands are cemented to your sides. Hmm, bit of a flaw in that plan. Should have thought that one through.

Me and Dave Barton, Banff Guide & Social Media Guru. He showed me around town and made me feel right at gnome. Ahem, I mean right at HOME.

Taking a soothing dip at the Banff Hot Springs. This nice young lady made sure I didn’t get my beard wet. Honestly, it’s a nightmare to dry.

Riding the bull at Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon. Got ROPED into it, if you know what I mean.

Dinner at Saltlik. I’ve got a steak knife and I’m not afraid to use it.

"Come here often?" I asked this lovely bartender at the Hoodoo Lounge. Turns out she’d heard that one before.

Tubing at Mt. Norquay. Anyone want to give me a push?

The food at the Balkan restaurant was smashing. Get it? I’ve been wanting to make that joke for ages.

Taking an ice walk in Johnson Canyon: smashing fun!

Playing hockey on Lake Louise. Score!

Super-duper ski jump at Lake Louise

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