10 Summer days in Alberta & British Columbia, CA

There are some places that you can love, but there are places, like Banff and Yoho National Park, that will be in your heart forever.

There are travels that change your mind, some of them inspire you to be a better person, but sometimes, there are travels that save your life.

Probably, more than 50% of people in the world would tell you that 2020 has been the worst year in their lives, due to Covid19, lots of them will be right, but for me, the worst year in my life, was 2017. Two facts saved my life, one of them, was my dearly beloved Canada.

Summer was coming, and I needed to go as far I could, so I called my friend Kurt, who was living in Canmore, Alberta for a few months and I told him “if tomorrow I find cheap flights, I will go in August” and it happened! On 15th August I took a flight and many hours later, I was in Calgary.

Accommodation

You can book a reservation in many places in Banff, but you have the option to book it in Canmore, which is only 25 km away from Banff Town and you have a direct bus and one amazing bike trail.

If you stay in Canmore, you can take a walk your first morning and go to the Spray Trail until the Grassi Lake, which is around 5.5 km from the town centre. But be careful and always take with you the bear sprays, this is something that all people must take on.

Another added value to spend your nights in Canmore is that if you have your room at a low level, you can enjoy the visit of beauties like my friend Tambor and enjoy your breakfast with them.

But OK, you have travelled a lot, maybe hundreds of hours inside a plane, and you want to see what Alberta can offer you and for me what I am going to share with you were the most beautiful and amazing places there, but surely there are no places that are not incredible in this country.

Peyto Lake

I think this is one of the places that will leave you speechless and will certainly leave a mark on your heart after visiting it.

This vibrant blue glacier-fed lake, located about 40 km (25 mi) north of Lake Louise in Banff National Park, is a popular stop for visitors travelling along the famed Icefields Parkway. Throughout the summer months, glacier rock flour flows into the lake, which gives the water its breathtaking colour.

Takakkaw Falls

Takakkaw Falls is a waterfall located in Yoho National Park, near Field, British Columbia in Canada. The falls have a total height of 373 metres, making them the second tallest waterfall in Canada. The main drop of the waterfall has a height of 254 metres.

“Takakkaw” translates to “wonderful” in Cree. The falls are fed by the meltwater of the Daly Glacier, which is part of the Waputik Icefield. The glacier keeps the volume of the falls up during the warm summer months, and they are a tourist attraction, particularly in late spring after the heavy snow melts, when the falls are in peak condition.

Mount Lady MacDonald

If you are in shape and want to complete your days with an ascent to one of the best known peaks in the area, you should not forget our beloved Lady Macdonald. This short but very steep trails climbs from the Cougar Creek trailhead in Canmore, AB to the ridge of Mount Lady MacDonald, located west of Cougar Creek. The trail itself is quite well-defined, and climbs to the site of a former, now defunct tea house. There is very little access to water so ensure you pack accordingly. 

The route is about 3.5 km but 1200 m of elevation profile, as you go up the views are very beautiful, you make new friends along the way.

And the most difficult part is when you are about to reach the top, where the terrain is full of small stones that make you slip every time you take a step but don’t give up and get to the top because the views are beyond amazing.

Marble Canyon

Marble Canyon is a canyon surrounding Tokumm Creek just above its confluence with the Vermilion River, at the north end of Kootenay National Park in the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia, Canada. South of Marble Canyon on Highyway 93 is Numa Falls on the Vermillion River.

A popular trail atop a narrow and dramatic limestone and dolomite gorge eroded by the pounding waters of Tokumm Creek.

You can find me in the video as I was Wally 😂

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake is located in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest of Yoho’s 61 lakes and ponds, as well as one of the park’s premier tourist attractions. Emerald Lake Lodge, a high-end lodge perched on the edge of the lake, provides local accommodation. 

In this lake you can practice canoeing, paddle surf in summer and if you’re brave enough you can swim in the lake, in my case I was only able to put my feet in and hold for the photo, after that, I stopped feeling my feet for a long time.

Moraine Lake

This one is definitely my favourite place on earth (if we don’t take in account my summer town :)). Wherever you look, you see an immensity of nature so majestic, and it has such a special energy that I think it cures all evil.

Moraine Lake is a glacially fed lake in Banff National Park, 14 kilometres outside the Village of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. It is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 1,884 metres. The lake has a surface area of 50 hectares.

For those who never have been there, this place must be in your travel schedule, you’ll think that the colour of the water is a photographic retouch, I’m sorry, but no. Most of the lakes in Canada have this magic colours because of the minerals that come from the mountains when spring comes and the snow is going away.

And as if that were not enough, if you turn right from the point where you took the photo, an immense forest is what covers this special place.

Herber Lake

Herbert Lake is located in Lake Louise. Make Herbert Lake a centrepiece of your Banff National Park holiday itinerary. This Lake is not a super touristic place, in fact when we were there, we were all alone, but the reflections that you can see in the water are truly amazing.

When you are in this place you feel like in a fairy tale all is peace and nature sounds.

Johnston Canyon

The trail to the waterfalls of Johnston Canyon has to be the busiest in the Canadian Rockies. Nearly every day throughout the summer, hundreds of hikers follow its canyon-clinging catwalks and cliff-mounting staircases to the gorge’s Lower and Upper Falls. While the canyon and its unique trail are certainly worthy of a visit, you’ll have to do the hike in the evening or very early in the morning to avoid the hordes.

0.0 – Johnston Canyon Lodge (1430 metres)
1.1 – Lower Falls
2.7 – Upper Falls (1565 metres)
3.2 – Junction. Intersection with Johnston Creek trail at km 2.7 (see Sawback Range Circuit). Keep right for Ink Pots
5.3 – Trail narrows. Gradual descent to Johnston Creek meadows
5.8 – Ink Pots (1645 metres)

The trail begins immediately behind Johnston Canyon Lodge. After a short climb through the forest, it descends and stays close to Johnston Creek all the way to Lower Falls. Along the way, you pass over sturdy iron catwalks attached beneath overhanging canyon walls, where the turbulent waters of the creek flow beneath your feet.

This is a half-day trip, but you really need to go early in the morning if you want to get in! When you arrive here, it’s speechless!

Lake Louise

Lake Louise is a hamlet in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately château. Hiking trails wind up to the Lake Agnes Tea House for bird’s-eye views. There’s a canoe dock in summer, and a skating rink on the frozen lake in winter. The Lake Louise Ski Resort features a wildlife interpretive centre at the top of a gondola.

Another place you must add in your itinerary because it’s really beautiful!

This summer will be 4 years since this adventure that saved my life and I miss this country so much. I love the way they respect nature and wildlife, for them this is the priority. For instance, if they detect bear activity in a recreation area, they close the area to keep safe the bears. In other countries would be totally opposite. The earth belongs to all wildlife, animals, species, and we are one of them. We e have no more right than others to live here, so we need to coexist and respect.

Can’t wait to be back in this beautiful country and discover new magical places, and if it’s possible with a van and be able to road as far as we can.

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