Banff Gondola

Banff Gondola is a scenic tourist cablecar that travels to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in Alberta, Canada.


It is approximately an eight minute ride by cablecar to the summit. Each gondola can fit four adults. It is also possible to hike a 5.5 km trail to the summit. During the winter months it is free to take the gondola back down.

Sulphur Mountain, which is named after a hot spring on its lower slopes has an elevation of 2281 metres (7486 ft) above sea level.

The upper terminal has two restaurants, gift shop and interactive displays in the Above Banff interpretive centre. Also check out the short film ‘Above Banff’ in the theatre.

There are also multiple viewing decks, including a 360 degree roof observation deck.


Outside as well as views over the Bow Valley there is a boardwalk to Sanson’s Peak and the site of the Cosmic Ray Station.

Sanson’s Peak, the highest point on Sulphur Mountain is named after Norman Bethune Sanson who from the early 1900s to the mid 1930s recorded data at the meteorological observatory station, which is still standing today. Sanson climbed the mountain more than 1000 times to collect weather data.

The Cosmic Ray Station was built in 1956 and was in use until 1978. The structure was dismantled in 1981.

During the summer season it may pay to book online as there can be a wait to enter. It is also advisable to bring a jacket as even in summer the winds up there can be brisk.

Banff Gondola is located at 100 Mountain Road, Banff.




Fairmont Banff Springs

Fairmont Banff Springs is a luxurious hotel in Banff, Canada.


The Fairmont Banff Springs, which was designed by architect Bruce Price opened in 1888 as one of Canada’s grand railway hotels. The hotel which is now a National Historic Site of Canada was originally a five storey wooden building with 250 rooms. Rooms started at $3.50 a night.

As Banff and the Canadian Rockies became an increasingly popular tourist destination it was decided to update the hotel in stages.

The 11 storey centre tower, which was designed by Walter Painter, was constructed between 1911 and 1914.

In 1926, a fire burnt down the north wing of the original hotel. A new north and south wing were rebuilt and completed in May 1928.


The hotel is built in the style of a Scottish baronial castle. The limestone blocks on the exterior came from Mount Rundle.

Today the hotel has 764 guest rooms, a spa and health club, fitness and aquatic centre, art gallery, boutique shops, restaurants, bars, and a golf course

The hotel is located 405 Spray Avenue, just above the Bow Falls.





Downtown Canmore

Canmore is a town in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains west of Calgary.


My family and I stopped here for lunch on the drive from Calgary to Banff.

Canmore is approximately 103 kms (64 miles) west of Calgary and 23 kms (14 miles) east of Banff on the Trans-Canada Highway.

We explored downtown Canmore and Main Street, which includes eateries, art galleries, and boutique shopping.

Although we didn’t visit also in the downtown area is the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre (902B, 7th Ave) and the North West Mounted Police Barracks, built in 1893.





Lac des Arcs

Lac des Arcs is a shallow lake that forms part of the Bow River in Alberta, Canada.


Lac des Arcs is also the name of the settlement on the south side of the Bow River, opposite Exshaw. In the 2016 Census it had a recorded population of 130.

The Trans-Canada Highway runs along the southern side of the lake. I stopped here with my family for a photo stop and a stretch of the legs on the drive from Calgary to Banff.

Across on the northern side of the lake is the Lafarge Exshaw plant, a limestone quarry that is used to produce cement.

Lac des Arcs is approximately 85 kilometres from Calgary, 40km from Banff, and 18km from Canmore.



Trekcetera Museum

Trekcetera Museum is a small museum in Alberta, Canada displaying over 300 authentic screen-used costumes, props and set pieces from film and television.


In 2013, Trekcetera Museum opened in Vulcan, Alberta, Canada. It closed in 2016 and relocated from the Star Trek capital of Canada to Drumheller – the Dinosaur capital.

While there is a strong focus on the Star Trek series, the museum has costumes and props from television series, such as The Carol Burnett Show, The Drew Carey ShowHell on Wheels, Sherlock HolmesThunderbirds and Terra Nova.

There are also items from films including Brokeback MountainCaptain AmericaHarry PotterMagnificent Seven, Men in BlackPirates of the Caribbean, and Titanic.

They also have real pirate treasure from the Atocha to complement their Pirates of the Caribbean display and artifacts from the R.M.S. Titanic and R.M.S. Olympic to complement the Titanic display.

The museum is located at 802 Hwy 9 South, Drumheller.


Cape from Superman III


Brokeback Mountain


The Drew Carey Show


Dumbledore’s Will, Harry Potter


Miniature from Titanic

Drumheller – Dinosaur Capital of the World

The township of Drumheller in Alberta, Canada promotes itself as the ‘Dinosaur Capital of the World’.


There are a number of Dinosaur related attractions throughout the township.

One of the main attractions is the Royal Tyrell Museum of Palaeontology. Click here to read my blog post specifically one of the largest museums dedicated to palaeontology.

Also there is the smaller interactive museum, Fossil World Discovery Centre at 1381 North Dinosaur Trail.



Overlooking the town is a large T-Rex sculpture that is 86 feet tall, 151 feet long, and weighing 65 tonnes. Click here to read my blog post about The World’s Largest Dinosaur.

This large T-Rex is surrounded by many brightly colourful dinosaur sculptures dotted around the town.

The Chamber of Commerce placed 33 dinosaur sculptures around Drumheller. Many private businesses have added their own. There are also around 20 dinosaur murals painted across the town.

A non-profit community group the Drumheller Dinoarts Association fundraises and maintains the various dinosaur sculptures and artwork. Check out their Facebook page.








World’s Largest Dinosaur – Drumheller

The township of Drumheller, which promotes itself as the ‘Dinosaur Capital of the World’, is home to the World’s Largest Dinosaur.


This large T-Rex sculpture is 86 feet (25 metres) tall, 151 feet (45 metres) long, and weighs 65 tonnes.

The Dinosaur was built by Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce and cost $1,065,000 to build. Construction begun in October 1999 and the Dinosaur opened to the public on October 13, 2000.

There are 106 steps to the top, which offers views over the township of Drumheller. As only 12 people can fit into the mouth at a time there can be a wait to enter.

The World’s Largest Dinosaur is open from 10am to 5:30pm, and is located at 60 1 Ave West. Drumheller is 135 kilometres (84 miles) northeast of Calgary.




Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is a museum and palaeontology research centre in Alberta, Canada.


The museum, which was established in 1985, is named after geologist Joseph Burr Tyrrell who accidentally discovered the first dinosaur fossil in the Red Deer River Valley in 1884.

Today the museum has a collection of more than 130,000 fossils.

It is a highly interactive space and visitors should allow at least 2 – 3 hours to visit. A highlight has to be the Dinosaur Hall, which has over 40 dinosaur skeletons.

Visitors can also peer through the glass window to the fossil lab and see palaeontologists at work.

From May 15 to August 31 the museum is open 7 days from 9am to 9pm. From September 1 to May 14 it is open from 10 am to 5pm. Note from October to May the museum is closed on Mondays.

The museum is located 6 km (4 miles) northwest of the township of Drumheller at 1500 North Dinosaur Trail.




Fossil Lab





Brockton Point Lighthouse

Brockton Point Lighthouse is located on Brockton Point on the north side of Coal Harbour.


The point is named after Francis Brockton, who was the engineer aboard the HMS Plummer. In 1859 Captain Henry Richards found coal in Vancouver and named the area Coal Harbour and the point after the ship’s engineer.

The first lighthouse at Brockton Point was constructed in 1890. The current lighthouse was built in 1914 and officially retired from service in 2008.

Majority of visitors will encounter the lighthouse on eastern side of Stanley Park when cycling, running or walking the Stanley Park Seawall.



Malkin Bowl

Malkin Bowl is an outdoor performance stage located in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.


The band shell was originally built in 1934 as a two-third size replica of the Hollywood Bowl.

Its official name is the Marion Malkin Memorial Bowl. It was named after former Vancouver mayor W.H. Malkin’s late wife.

Back in July I saw Theatre Under the Stars‘ production of Mary Poppins. Every summer TUTS puts on musical productions at the Malkin Bowl.


Mary Poppins – Theatre Under the Stars. Photo credit: Tim Matheson.

TUTS is a non-profit society that begun back in 1940. The company produced musicals until 1963, when it declared bankruptcy. A new company Theatre in the Park was formed in 1969, producing two musicals a season. It was renamed Theatre under the Stars in 1980.

The bowl had to be rebuilt after a fire partly destroyed it in 1982.

The Malkin Bowl was renovated in 2011 with insulation and a heating system added allowing for the space to be used year around.

The entrance is opposite the Stanley Park Pavilion and the near the Stanley Park Rose Gardens.




Display with costumes from previous TUTS productions