Thursday, September 6, 2007

Labour Day long weekend in Fairmont, BC

Last weekend, my husband and I joined a friend at their timeshare in Fairmont, BC. We managed to get out out of work early and set off around 2 pm towards British Columbia. The drive wasn't bad, but we had the unfortunate luck of hitting Calgary right at rush hour... nothing like being stuck in an over-sized snail race. Of course, it was worth the wait as we got closer to Banff. Boy, you sort of forget how big the mountains are when you don't see them often. The drive through was pleasant, although somewhat speedy - we were driving about 140 km/h and were still being passed left, right, and center. Driving into Radium was fabulous and quick peek at the hot springs as we drove by certainly made the long drive worthwhile.

Now, we thought we had good directions, and seeing that Fairmont is such a small town, we thought there would be no problem finding the villa - we were wrong! We got a pretty good tour of the town before we finally fit our destination. The villa is on the side of a mountain in the middle of a golf course - silly us for not spotting it right away!
We ended the night with a fabulous BBQ and a few rounds of mojitos... perfect way to end the night.

The next day we headed off to the Fairmont Hot Springs for some hiking and picture taking. I got my best photos on this day. The weather was fabulous and there were swarms of people everywhere. We decided to not partake in the public hot springs, but were content with the spring-fed pool and hot tubs back at the townhouse.
The rest of the weekend was uneventful - mainly consisting of BBQ, more mojitos, hot-tubbing and a lot of sleeping in - oh, the power of the mountain air.

We were sad to leave on Monday, but had to get back to our 4 darling kittens who surely missed us dearly. The drive back was better and I also managed to get some photos along the way (not while driving, of course!). I definitely suggest a stay in Fairmont, despite it being golfer's paradise with 14 golf courses in the area, it does have some good things going for it! I can't wait to go back and visit again!

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