The Canadian Rockies are practically in my backyard. That’s a slight exaggeration but it is a short drive from the city. We are very lucky to live so close to this majestic and breath taking landscape and I am awestruck every time I visit. The Ice Magic Festival is held yearly in Banff and Lake Louise which showcases an International Ice Carving Competition. We were a week too late to view the ice sculptures as 90% of them had been removed but my kids were able to skate on the frozen lake.
It was cold outside but not bone chilling-teeth chattering-snowpants-weather. Staying bundled up was still a necessity and a classic wool pea coat was just what I needed. I recently purchased this navy blue coat from Zara for $30.00 on their winter clearance sale. A knitted toque (yes I call it a toque) and scarf always tops off any of my winter outfits and this is by far my favourite. It’s a gift from my Aunt in Seattle and I believe she bought it from Pike Place Market vendor. Underneath all of this heavy apparel, I thought it’d be appropriate to go with the classic Canadian Tuxedo (denim on denim) but with a twist. I wore a pair of light grey Levi’s jeans (which I bought for $15.00!) and a light chambray button down shirt. A pair of Timberland boots were perfect for walking around the icy, snowy surface.
I will definitely have to plan ahead next year to see the ice sculptors in action as the finished products are quite phenomenal. I did, however, make a pit stop in Banff to get some Beavertails and that alone is worth the trip!