The day after we went to Lake Louise we decided we should check out Yoho National Park since we are up here, why not? Especially since all the parks are free this year! We tried to do the Takkakaw Falls hike and after being lost for what felt like hours and hours we discovered that the road to the falls was actually blocked off due to an avalanche.
We successfully camped our first night in Banff National Park and woke up under the giant towering evergreens (seriously, not as many maple trees as Canada leads on). That morning we made breakfast over the fire and planned out our day. We decided that we would visit Lake Louise this day because we had heard such wonderful things and seen such awesome pictures and we wanted to see what all the fuss was about for ourselves. We packed up some things to take with us for the day and drove the half hour to the trail. We got there early enough that we could still park really close. We started walking across the parking lot and through some trees and BAM we were there! We were pretty caught off guard because we expected this beautiful gem to be off the beaten path a bit, but nope! The path is literally paved because it was so well beaten…
We were surrounded by foreign tourists with selfie-sticks and middle aged women taking pictures with their iPads. Our own personal hell. But Lake Louise still did not disappoint! Her beauty far outweighed the crowds.
I am still nursing a vacation hangover from coming back from our trip from Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The scenery was some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen! We hiked hard every single day, which wasn’t easy given the altitude, but every hard hike was SO worth it!
On day one, Daniel and I got into Calgary in the afternoon, we picked up the rental car, checked into our hotel, made a stop at Cabela’s for some bear mace, then went into the city for a little exploring. Daniel and I are not city people and we don’t do super well with crowds for an extended period of time, so we tried to find a little neature in the city, but stumbled upon this awesome CANADA 150 sign! We always knew that Banff National Park was on our list of places to go, but when we found out (thanks to www.boptheblog.com) that it was Canada’s 150th birthday this year and that all the national parks were free, we made it a priority to hit it in 2017. So stumbling upon this sign was pretty neat.