Perched amongst real life toy houses, downtown Banff is stunning in the summertime . From quaint wooden log cabins to sleek & contemporary space station inspired architecture.
The streets are reminiscent of a joyful medieval age thats frozen in time and horse driven carriages replaced with fancy cars. Soft echoes of a rustic wooden fiddle fill the air, and just when you thought you were dreaming, you’d run into a quartet, swaying to tunes in their bubble of inspiration.
You can never visit Banff just once…
Definitely one of the most fascinating formations I’ve come across till date, the Hoodoos have a number of interesting descriptions – tent rocks, totem pole rocks, fairy chimneys, earth pyramids and my favorite – demoiselles coiffées which translates – ladies with hairdos!
Writing-On-Stone, a sacred landscape of the First Nations is a series of petroglyphs (rock carvings) and pictographs (rock carvings). You can’t help but feel a sense of calmness and awe, as you sit and contemplate life on one of these amazing rocks.
Commonly found carvings include – round bodied figures with large shields, square bodied and hourglass shaped bodies; animals – deer, elk, sheep, skunks, bears, antelope, dogs, snakes and bison.
Historically the tribe elders could also use these rock carvings to find their fortune and discover their future, as many in the Blackfoot Tribe believe that spirits made the rock carvings. This was their way of communicating with the sprit world in search of divine guidance. (How fascinating!)
Next week’s post: Banff National Park 😀