The perfect Sunday for us always includes great coffee, a delicious chicken pot pie, really good music, a beautiful mountain lodge, and a walk through the snowy forest. Storm Mountain Lodge is the perfect place for our perfect Sunday. Kirstie and I have always loved visiting the lodge at any time of the year but particularly in the winter months as Storm Mountain Lodge always has the best fire going and an incredibly cozy atmosphere to relax, sip on coffee and listen to some really great Canadian music all while looking through the historic glass windows into the beauty of Banff National Park. Storm Mountain Lodge is consistently amazing every visit. It's pure happiness to us and we get more and more excited on the drive from our home in Canmore as we inch closer through Banff National Park to the incredible view of Castle Mountain and the turn off to the lodge on 93 south.
After lunch we did a nice walk around the cabins at the lodge and greeted the resident dog Rosie for some cuddle time. We then made a last minute decision to drive back down the road and head towards Castle Junction and take a great drive along the beautiful Bow Valley Parkway. We stopped off at Johnston Canyon and took in some of the best beginning of winter scenery one can find. The cold front and winter storm that swept through during these first days of November have transformed the canyon into an unbelievably beautiful and icy winter scene. Johnston Canyon is always the best in winter and today was particularly amazing as winter is finally taking hold there. The hike was most certainly a very worthwhile venture after such a warming and tasty lunch at the lodge.