Hopping Off Point – Don’t get too Comfortable – Back Country Hike – July 2019 – Part 1

I know what you are thinking, finally something other than a San Diego post.

When I think back about how this back country hike came about, I like to say that my wife arranged a play date for me. We were staying with friends in January, when Pat said innocently to the assembled group, you and M should go hiking sometime.

How this turned into a 50 k, 3 night father/son back country hike, I am still not sure, but, after surviving the experience, I am glad it did. It was the adventure of a lifetime for this 65 year old. Whether it ever gets repeated remains to be seen.

We loaded up our car, went to our son’s house to load up his gear and then grabbed a quick lunch at Remedy Cafe in Terwillegar Towne. Great grub and chai, as usual.

We had planned to meet M & M, South of Leduc to load some food into their RV. You see, my beloved, who had arranged my play date was going to camp in relative luxury in Banff with M.

Exchange made, we were off to our night’s stay in Canmore. The trip was mostly uneventful, except for a few traffic slow downs on the QE2 and a major one on Stony Trail in Calgary.

Nonetheless, we arrived at Days Inn Canmore, unloaded and then walked for supper at the Grizzly Pay Brewery’s restaurant, Tank 310. Along the way, we saw these cute feral bunnies (a major problem in Canmore for years) lounging around. They had absolutely no fear of humans, as they continued to graze or lounge.

The restaurant was fairly new and had all the right elements for us guys, pizza and of course, beer. We were soon seated in the 2nd floor restaurant with a great mountain view, ordered from the beer menu first and then from the food menu. Plenty of good choices in both menus.

Grizzly Pay Brewing and Tank 310 Restaurant, Canmore
The view from our table
Father and son, enjoying our last beers for a while
Enough pizza for dinner and tomorrow’s mountain top lunch
Tank 310 decor
The brewery works

It was a nice evening for the slow saunter back to the hotel. We finished our preparation for the morning and headed off to dreamland???

The next morning, we sat down for our last indoor breakfast and then went back to pack up for the adventure.

Days Inn by Wyndham was a good place to stay as our jumping off point. Convenient, comfortable, dark and relatively quiet. The price was high at $281, as it was high season, but………….

Days Inn by Wyndham, Canmore
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16 thoughts on “Hopping Off Point – Don’t get too Comfortable – Back Country Hike – July 2019 – Part 1

    1. Canmore is great, but Banff has become way too popular since Canada’s 150th birthday. If you want to see the sights and avoid the crowds, back country hiking is the way to go. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan

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  1. I was impressed for a brew pub. Beer and grub were both good. Canmore is where we always stay when we head South toward the mountains. They also have a great Mexican restaurant. Thanks for reading Bernie. Allan

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  2. Oh yay! Hiking!
    I’m laughing and marvelling at your Beloved’s smooth move. She’s a smart lady 😉 Do you feel like you got roped into something? Hee Hee
    Those rabbits are funny creatures. I would hate to have to fend off a garden from them though.

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  3. Yup, she pulled a good one. She got to stay in an RV in a campground. It was kind of like me getting sentence to hard labour, while she went to a spa. We both had fun, so that is what counts. The bunnies are a challenge as they also attract coyotes, wolves and cougars into the town site for easy snacking. Quite the problem, but the animal lovers wont’t agree to any solution yet. Allan

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