09 FEBRUARY 2014
It is easy to see what attracted Kate Middleton
and Prince William
to the stunning Banff National Park.
We are being shown round the park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, by the director of a local ski school, Gord Fielding. Gesturing to the spectacular views of the snow-capped Canadian Rockies all around us, Gord exclaims: "I'm living the dream here. I have this 360 degree panoramic view 24/7, 365 days a year.
It’s freaking awesome. Welcome to my office!"
It is this "awesome" vista that brought William and Kate to the remotest corner of the Banff National Park. Three years ago, eager for some R and R in the middle of their hectic official tour of Canada, the royal couple took a break at Skoki Lodge, a far-flung log cabin a full seven miles and five hours' cross-country ski from the nearest resort, Lake Louise.