Relaxing day in Canmore Alberta
Even though the air quality is not great with all the smoke about and visibility is poor, we nonetheless decided to go to Canmore for the day. Having passed by the other day when it was full of tourists, we hoped that visiting on a Monday would be less busy.
We arrived and straight away could see that there were far fewer people about and we were able to park really easily in the centre of town. At first we just wandered around to get our bearings, then we walked along the riverside trail.
This is a very pretty trail that runs along both sides of the river, unfortunately, some of it was blocked off due to construction and there was a lot of building going on. It looked like they were building either condos or holiday rentals. But there were some lovely views too.
We were hoping to see a lot of wildlife, but only saw some ducks, a few flycatchers, and magpies. We didn't see any fish in the river which was beautifully clear and best of all, very few bugs.
We then took a closer look at the half submerged head that is located close to the river walk. When we saw this the other day it seemed a very strange thing to find and we could not see anything nearby explaining what it was, however, I found this info which explains it.
After this, we wandered around town and went into some of the shops. There are a lot of your typical tourist tat shops as well as some really nice clothing and furniture shops. Some of the art galleries and photography gallaries are worth a visit too.
Also, saw this crazy van that I had to get a photo of.
Next, it was time to find somewhere to eat. There are lots of places to eat from fast food to quaint cafes as well as expensive restaurants. We decided to try out Chapter Two Tea Room which is located inside a book store. As you can see from the menu there were many traditionally British options, so we decide to give it a try.
The book store is crazy packed with books of all types and most of them are in piles on the floor or on shelves. It is a very quaint little place. At the back of the store is the tea room which itself is surrounded by books with just a few tables, although there are some outside too. We decided to order Cornish pasty to see if it really was like the real thing!
The pasties were nice and the pastry was lovely, but they really were not proper Cornish pasties, very nice and tasty all the same.
After wandering around some more we then made our way back to Calgary. On the way I managed to get a photo of the Three Sisters mountain peaks, although the smoke still made them hard to see properly.