My friends and I took a road trip from Vancouver to Banff earlier this month, and it was absolutely amazing. We spent a day and a half in Vancouver and four days in Banff. A lot of hours were spent traveling and driving, but it was well worth it.
As I ended off in my previous post, we stayed overnight in Blue River on our way to Jasper. In the morning, we took the short drive to the village of Jasper in Alberta, and after exploring a bit and having breakfast, we paid a visit to the stunning Athabasca Falls.
Jerry and Henry hopped over the fence to take photos by the waterfall, thus ruining all the other tourists’ photos. We thought it was hilarious.
We went to the lake area at the falls afterwards. The photos below are nothing compared to how the scenery looked like in real life. It was really beautiful here.
We wanted to go on the Glacier Skywalk, but by the time we decided to finally purchase tickets, it was closed. So, we visited the Columbia Icefield glaciers instead. The next time I visit, I definitely want to check out the Glacier Skywalk.
The Icefield was a little difficult to hike up, especially because I twisted my ankle earlier that day. Nevertheless, the scenery was beautiful and the hike was fun.
We stayed in Lake Louise that night. It was gloomy outside, but still a gorgeous sight.
The Fairmont Lake Louise was right by the lake, so we ate there for dinner.
We also ate at the Fairmont the next day for lunch. These hot chocolate cocktails were delicious.
We hiked up the Bow Summit, but it began snowing pretty hard within minutes of us arriving at the top. We ended up leaving soon after.
This fire lasted only a few minutes.
We spent the next morning exploring the town of Banff, and it was really cute.
We went to the Cave and Basin Historic Site, not really knowing what to expect. There were some historical artifacts and spaces as well as a small hiking trail. Jerry beat me badly in historical checkers.
The water in this cave smelled like rotten eggs, but it was at least pretty.
Every body of water in this area was a different shade of green or blue. It was really cool.
We went to Johnston Canyon afterwards. The hike one-way was about an hour long, and it was rainy and wet. I personally think it looks better in photos than it did in real life.
We went up the Banff Gondola to Sulfur Mountain. We got there around 7 and were worried we wouldn’t make it for the returning gondola at 8:30. It would’ve been like the movie Frozen (not the kids movie).
On our last day, we revisited Lake Louise and enjoyed the sunny view we weren’t able to see when we stayed there.
We also visited Moraine Lake as a last minute thing. It was definitely one of the coolest places we visited. We hiked up using the dangerous method of climbing up rocks, not knowing there was a “staircase” on the other side of the hill. It was still well worth it.
Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic highways in the world, which is why Henry wanted to drive along it from Vancouver to Alberta. We stopped along the highway many times because the view was so astonishing. Here’s a bunch of photos of the highway from the entire trip:
We stayed the night in Calgary and flew home the next morning. I’m extremely glad to be back home in Toronto, but at the same time, I can’t wait to travel somewhere new again next week. See you in the next post!
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