Beautiful Banff by Tabitha Kerbabian in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

My photo captures the snowy landscape of Banff, Alberta, Canada in the winter. I live fairly close by in Calgary, where the mountains can be seen on the horizon line. Calgarians love travelling frequently to Banff to enjoy the view and stroll through the local shops. Seeing the mountains from Calgary always reminds me to get outside and enjoy nature, and to travel to Banff as often as I can! When I took this photo, I couldn’t believe that I had a postcard-esque landscape right in front of me. It’s even more beautiful in person than it is in the pictures. The mountains make you feel so small.

Name:Tabitha Kerbabian

Graphic Designer


Practicing hand-lettering, taking all sorts of classes online, and reading art and design magazines.

Tell us about the place you live:

Alberta is a beautiful place. The landscapes across the entire province are breathtaking. Banff, in particular, boasts towering mountain views; It is a cozy, quaint little town that’s a pleasure to be in. Visiting Banff melts stress and seems to dissolve time, too.

A perfect day?

A perfect day in Banff starts with getting a warm beverage and strolling up and down the streets in the village. Next, a ride on the ski lift is a must. Once at the top, taking a long walk reveals the stunning landscapes the mountains and valleys create. It’s gorgeous any time of year, but I particularly love seeing it covered in snow.

What is the best thing about your spot?

The best thing about this spot is the perspective it brings. The mountain views and vast amount of trees around make you feel so small and get you thinking about how big the world really is. It’s wonderful to just stare out at the landscapes and breathe. Banff makes me feel grateful just to be alive and to see such beauty in the world.

What is the worst?

The only negative thing I can think of regarding Banff is that it’s expensive to live there. If you’re visiting, the worst thing is having to leave!

What would be surprising about Calgary to an outsider?

A lot of people thing Albertans are all cowboys. So the most surprising thing about this place to an outsider would be discovering that Banff and nearby cities like Calgary are actual cities, not farmland!

If your city was a person or character who would it be?

If Banff where a person, it would have to be the classic grandmother figure with hot cocoa and fresh warm cookies at hand.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Three of my favourite artists are Mary Kate McDevitt (letterer), k-os (musician), and Gemma Correll (illustrator).


Name:Tabitha Kerbabian


Favorite place to eat:

Blue Star Diner. This restaurant is always busy for a reason. They serve gorgeous local ingredients that are organic, grass-fed, and flat out delicious. The service is wonderful too!

Favorite place to drink:

Phil & Sebastian. This coffee shop serves the best tasting coffee I’ve ever had.

Favorite shop:

Plant. This fairly new to Calgary shop is nestled in a gorgeous area of the city called Inglewood. They sell terrariums (and host terrarium-building workshops), as well as a curated selection of art and other objects.

Local Tip:

The c-train is the best way to get around. You can zip around the whole city pretty quick this way (and between a selection of downtown stops, it’s completely free!)

Must Do:

If you’re visiting Calgary, you must visit the local farmer and artist markets. There are so many incredibly talented artists and makers in this city. And of course, you must take a trip out to Banff to see the mountains close up!