Get Away: Postcards from the Canadian Rockies

This summer my boyfriend and I took a trip to the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, Canada and since then it has been a topic of conversation amongst anyone we see or meet, and for good reason! After many many years of visiting National Parks with my family, I can’t believe it took me this long to visit Banff and Jaspers National Parks. There is certainly something to be said for “staying local” aka not having to travel across the Atlantic and having the opportunity to see one of the most beautiful places on Earth. A big thank you goes out to my brother and sister-in-law for the recommendation!

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.

downtown banff

Downtown Banff: Home to amazing restaurants, breweries and Lululemon stores that are 25% off (yay US$ to CAN$ exchange rate!)

Lake Louise at Dusk

Lake Louise in Banff National Park at dusk.

Takakaww Falls

Takakkaw Falls in Yoho, National Park (just outside of Banff): Where the glacier water is only several hours old at tops!

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After endless switchbacks and a hike through Larch Valley, we made it to the Sentinel Pass. The views of Pinnacle Mountain and Mount Temple were breathtaking.

Spirit Island, Lake Maligne, Jasper National Park

No visit to the Canadian Rockies would be complete without a visit to Spirit Island on Lake Maligne.

Elk in Banff

Up close and personal with an elk. Just kidding…we weren’t THAT close (we wanted to respect their space). Thank goodness for a good zoom lens!

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!

3 Comments

  1. Kristin Bassett October 3, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous! So jealous of this trip; I’ve added it to my list now 🙂

  2. Tarah O October 5, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    This pictures are awesome.. I need to go!

  3. Tarah O October 5, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    These* 🙂

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