When you first lay your eyes on the lakes of Banff National Park, you will either think that you’re dreaming or that somehow, someone magically pumped the waters of the Caribbean into the valleys of the Canadian Rockies. I know I will never forget the moment when I arrived at Lake Louise and saw the glacier-fed, Caribbean blue water for myself. Of course, this technically wasn’t he first time I had seen Lake Louise, I had probably viewed 100’s of photos on Instagram prior to the trip but you get the idea.
In Banff and Jasper National Parks you will find a balance of expert adventurers and people who have most likely never hiked in their lives. While you are probably thinking that my boyfriend and I are the former (you know, adventurers who are one step away from hiking Kili), I do want to be clear that neither my boyfriend nor I classify as experts, however we did hold our own! In fact, the majority of our days were spent hiking and then driving to our next hike. While the days felt long, they were quite literally l-o-n-g with the sun setting around 9:30-9:45 pm each day. These long days allowed us to see and do (and eat) as much as our hearts desired during our 7-day trip.
Some highlights from the trip include visiting Lake Louise at sunset, hiking up the mountains surround Lake Moraine to the Sentinel Pass, driving the IceField Parkways, visiting Takakaww Falls, eating and drinking at Jasper Brewing Company, and the occasional wildlife spotting.
If you have not been to Canada, specifically the Canadian Rockies, I urge you to pencil pen it in to your bucket list of vacations! You will not regret it!