Four hours later we'd arrived in Banff and checked into our room at the Fairmont Banff Springs. The hotel is basically a castle and hands down the fanciest place I've ever stayed.
Our ninth-floor room had an unbelievable view of the mountains, valley, and Bow River. It was also good for the wildlife viewing, the highlight being spotting a dozen elk crossing the river single-file.
|elk. up to no good.|
On Wednesday we attended a resident refresher course, with a social at Wild Bill's Saloon in the evening. It was so nice to reconnect with all of the residents. There aren't a whole lot of rad onc residents in Canada, with eleven English rad onc programs with a couple of residents each, so everyone knows everyone else in their year from the interview tour. It's super collegial; lots of people to hang out with during the week.
On Thursday the actual conference started, bringing lectures, workshops, research presentations, and a poster session. A highlight was getting to try breast brachytherapy on a model (we're not set up for breast brachy in Edmonton, but the Calgary and BC folks showed us the ropes).
|in the big ballroom|
|Bow Falls, a few minutes' walk from the hotel|
|at Cave and Basin National Historic Site|
|sulpurous geothermal springs at Cave and Basin, formerly touted to have magical healing powers|
|the uppermost hotspring -- so green and stagnant, I swear there could've been inferi in there|
|views from Cave and Basin|
|possibly the prettiest season for visiting the mountains|
|walking down from the hotsprings to the marsh boardwalk|
|marsh boardwalk -- there were so many little fish in the warm water (surprisingly tropical ones like mollies and cichlids!)|
|the extent of our "hiking"|
We headed back to Edmonton on Saturday afternoon, the drive back much improved by DQ blizzards balanced out by some nutritious choices at Tim's:
|potato wedges are vegetables, okay|
|what a week!|