With half of my family currently travelling in Europe, I was so grateful to meet my eldest daughter in Banff to spend the weekend. One of my favorite people in my favorite place in the world. I think I was about 5 years old the first time I visited and it was a very long trip from northern Manitoba. Although we lived in a rugged place surrounded by the Churchill River and boreal forest with occasional visits to town by bears and wolves, visiting the Rocky Mountains felt so different. I moved to Alberta as a teenager but after meeting my husband returned to Manitoba, this time to the south. A year later my husband and I spent our honeymoon here which made him begin to think about relocating us to Alberta where we have happily raised our daughters. It's still the most soul-refreshing place I have ever been. I'm so fortunate to only live an hour away from this beautiful place.