After getting into Calgary late last evening, we were excited to be able to go experience the Calgary Zoo! It was neat to experience varying wildlife from around the world all in one space. One very special highlight is that Kioja, a gorilla at the zoo, has recently had a baby and both mother and baby were out and visible to the public (although they were sleeping).
After visiting the zoo, we headed of to Banff for some sight seeing and shopping! We first visited (went by on the bus) the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel; a beautiful hotel that caters to the rich and famous. Then, some students and chaperones stayed in town to shop while others went on a bike ride by the Vermillion Lakes. The bike riders had the thrill of seeing a black bear on the roadside as they were on their bikes!
After that, it was a visit to the gorgeous Lake Louise. It was an awesome place to get group photos, friends photos, and of course, selfies! After that brief visit we were on our way to Invermere to prepare for concerts the following day.