Banff National Park was a rather new addition to the bucket list having only been added within the last few years. Health issues forced the usual far flung destinations a bit further down the list and this bubbled to the top. And I have to say, a vacation that only involved a 3 hour-ish flight and short car ride (short by our standards – which is to say not really THAT short at all) was a welcome relief. It’s the closest vacation to home we’ve ever taken and also the first time we checked a bag for our flight (really mostly for my medicine, but I did stuff it full of things I would not need anyway because why not?).