We thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas and New Year at Jennifer and Tom's, especially their warm hospitality. Our trip included the most scenic drive to Banff through the snow covered Canadian Rockies, and surrounded by vast frozen lakes, it was postcard-perfect. Easy access to Calgary for hot chocolate and ice-skating and a fun way to spend the day. Next to the house is Douglasbank Park, great for a crisp winter walk but keep your eyes peeled for deer. No bears, but I guess they are hibernating at this time, but the Canadian geese were plentiful. We totally enjoyed our Canadian adventure.
What an amazing experience visiting Calgary in the summer months. We were bowled over by all the flora and fauna that we saw. Jennifer and Tom made us so welcome and cooked us the most delicious steak I have ever eaten. Calgary and the surrounding areas in Alberta gave us plenty to see and do for the whole of the two weeks. The list is rather long, however, we visited first nation reservations, Banff national park and Waterton national Park. Finding Dinosaurs in the badlands was amazing as was following the trails and discovering the HooDoos. The museums in Calgary are all worth a visit and of course the shopping malls. I finally bought a cowboy hat and was so sad that the exchange ended so quickly. could easily have stayed another week. Thank you to our amazing hosts, and we are eternally grateful for such an amazing opportunity, visiting Calgary.
After a day out and about, coming back to this beautiful, well-appointed home was welcoming. It was easy to find anything we needed in the chef's kitchen. We had good sleeps in comfortable surroundings. Who could ask for more? Tom and Jennifer put a lot of love into their renovations, including a gas fireplace for instant heat on cool days. The southern location is quiet and within easy reach of Calgary's downtown by car.
We had an amazing holiday in the most stunning of countries. We went in December & January 2017/2018 so the temperatures were just what we wanted. We had a magical white Christmas and had the chance to try skiiing on the perfect snow. We did tobogganing. We loved dog sledding in The Rocky Mountains, which had to be the most amazing experience I have done to date. We saw an ice hockey match and are now hooked. We visited Lake Louise and saw the ice sculptures. This is definitely a huge bucket list top 10 place to visit. Stunning! We also visited the town of Banff ( breathtaking). I can highly recommend an exchange with Jennifer & Tom, such lovely people who can’t do enough to make sure your exchange is perfect. I hope they will have us back in the future to experience summer in Calgary and get to see the bears and possibly the “Stampede”. We can’t thank them enough for choosing us to exchange with.
It was so nice to have had the opportunity of meeting Jennifer & Tom. They were funny, kind - they even picked us up at the airport and gave us great tips. Their house was lovely as well and definitely a highlight of our trip to Canada, we are still thinking about it. Shopping facilities are very close and numerous, Fishcreek Provincial Park is in walking distance and just perfect for a picnic or stroll. Thanks to the car exchange we were able to drive to Calgary City (really close!), the Badlands and of course Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Park. We would love to return anytime and hope to stay in contact! Thanks so much! :) Sarah & Cengiz