On Friday June 29th, we hit up the Superstore grocery and liquor stores, grabbed coffees and breakfast from Tim’s, and started the drive to the Kicking Horse Resort in B.C. where we would be spending the next 6 nights. The main reason for this leg of our Canada trip was to join our friends, Jennifer and Steven, in celebrating their nuptials. Jen and Steven met in 2015 while they both were living abroad in London. Steven is Scottish and they recently made the move to Canada.
Dan wanted to make a stop along the way at Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest in Canada at 254 metres. We drove off the main highway, purchased a park pass, and did the short walk to the base of the falls. Then, we were on our way to Kicking Horse. We had rented the Fir Tree Lodge, a 4 bedroom cabin through Lush Mountain Accommodations. We wanted a cabin style accommodation so that we could also invite our family to join us for a few nights. It would end up being a rainy week, but we definitely made the most of it. We arrived just after 3:00pm, settled in, unpacked the groceries, as well as a few bottles of wine we had brought from our cellar. My mom arrived just before dinner – she would be staying with us for the 6 nights. We opened a special bottle from Horsepower Vineyards and lit up the barbeque. After dinner, the three of us had a starlit soak in the hot-tub before hitting the hay.
By Saturday afternoon the house was full with Scott, Jenelle, and the kids as well as my friend Jami and her baby, Mae. We had a bbq hot dog lunch with kale salad and then Dan, Scott, and Emery went for a soak in the hot tub. That evening, everyone headed down the road to Laurie and Grant’s cabin for the rehearsal dinner barbeque. We had conveniently booked our cabin nearby with a shortcut out the back and over the creek. The wedding party did their rehearsal formalities and the rest of the guests got to know each other over some delicious pulled beef on a bun, beans, potatoes and free flowing Prosecco.
July 1st was the wedding day. We had pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast and spent the majority of the day indoors as the rain was not letting up. The girls went for a walk into town just after lunch but had to call in a pick up from Scott as the rain was pouring down. Around 4:30pm, we walked down to the Kicking Horse Resort and met up for a drink with Carrie Brown, Nancy, and their partners, before taking the gondola up the mountain to Eagle’s Eye Restaurant at 2347 m where the wedding festivities were taking place. It was bloody freezing but at least the rain had stopped and they were able to have their ceremony outside as they had wanted. It even snowed later in the evening. The ceremony, venue, food, view, speeches, and dance were all spectacular.
The next morning, Jami, Scott, Jenelle, and the kids hit the road. We met the remaining wedding guests for the after-morning brunch at the Double Black Cafe but the wedding couple hadn’t made an appearance yet. We eventually made our way back up to the Lodge and bumped into the wedding couple making their way down. Judy and Vern arrived soon thereafter and as it was a chilly, rainy day, we finally lit up the fireplace. The new Mr. and Mrs. stopped by our place late afternoon with Laurie and Grant and we enjoyed popping a bottle of Champagne with them. That evening, after a cedar plank trout dinner with the fam, we met up with the wedding couple as well as the abroad guests at a nearby pub. We had to introduce them to the “shot ski” which was a real hit. We then said our goodbyes to the wedding folks.
The next day, we ventured into Golden’s town centre with Judy, Vern, and Bev where we window shopped, walked across the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, and wandered over to the Whitetooth Brewing Company just as it was starting to rain again. We would also be meeting my mom’s cousin Anita along with her extended family. That evening, we lit the fire again and grilled up a nice steak meal. After dinner, we introduced Judy and Vern to the game Cards Against Humanity. I think they were a bit skeptical at first but I am pretty sure Vern won the game.
We had breaky the next morning before Judy and Vern hit the road back to Strathmore. Soon enough our next guests were arriving – Doug and JeriLynne. It was a really nice day so we walked down to the resort, grabbed a coffee from the Double Black Cafe, and decided to try to get a glimpse of Boo the Bear. We rode the chair lift up to the top and soon enough he was coming around the corner, likely after his afternoon nap. We had one last dinner on the barbeque of steak, potatoes, and mushrooms along with a few games of crib with the fire burning. The next morning, we all checked out of the cabin and made our way back to Calgary. I spent the night with my mom and sister and Dan hung out with Scott, J, and the kids. On Friday, July 6th, we made the long journey back to the summer heat in Abu Dhabi.