Last Monday marked our first official day in Jasper National Park. With fewer days to spend in this magical park, we packed our first day full of sight-seeing. First up was a 2 hour hike along Maligne Canyon. This limestone canyon is continually carved out by gushing glacial water which is connected to a large underground network of caves thought to be about 17km in length. At some parts, the canyon is only 2m across but can plunge to a depth of more than 50m. Read More

The Icefields Parkway is a well-kept roadway that stretches 232km through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, passing through two national parks (Banff and Jasper) and providing a unique journey saturated with stunning landscape views of massive mountain ranges, flawless mountain lakes, and crisp, blue glaciers.  With our GyPSy guide in our speakers, we set out early in the morning to make the most of the Canadian Rockies’ most famous drive. Read More

A Short Visit to Lake Minnewanka

Saturday morning started off as another rainy day in Banff so we decided to take advantage of some indoor time to catch up on a bit of blogging.  In the afternoon, the sun began to peek out so we took our bikes out for a short jaunt on the trails around Lake Minnewanka, one of Banff’s most popular lakes. As it turns out, the trails are best suited to actual mountain bikes so our stiff hybrid bikes didn’t fair very long; buuut we still got to take in some amazing views of the lake and surrounding mountains! Read More

Friday morning was a bit rainy so we got a slow start to our “lazy” day… which ended up not-so-lazy at all.  We started off with a classic mountain tour on the popular Banff Gondola.  This tiny 4 person gondola cabin takes you on an 8 minute ride up to the summit of Sulphur Mountain at an elevation of 2281m above sea level.  It didn’t look that high from the parking lot but it sure felt high when we were dangling from a cable in a little cage!  From the top, we enjoyed 360° views of Banff Town and the six mountain ranges surrounding the mountain town.  As we were misted with rain and wind on our final climb up the highest point of the Summit Ridge boardwalk, we looked up to see a complete rainbow arched over the town – what a lucky surprise! Read More

The Majestic Lake Louise

Eager to beat the rain, we got moving Thursday morning and set out for a day spent near the majestic emerald waters of Lake Louise in Banff National Park.  There was quite a lot of hype leading up to this day and the lake did not disappoint!  We didn’t fully appreciate the beauty of the lake from ground level until we were hiking along the 3.5km trail to the Lake Agnes Tea House which brought us high enough up the mountain to get an aerial view of Lake Louise. Read More

A Day in Banff Town

Wednesday morning, we woke up to some brisk mountain air at our campsite on Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park.  The water in the lake mirrored the mountains beneath the morning mist – what a great sight to start off our day in Banff!  We had a quick, warm meal and headed into town to explore. Read More

A Whirlwind Visit to Calgary

After our adventures in Drumheller, we set off to Calgary to visit with a friend who graciously offered to host us for the night.  We got in late so we had just enough time to eat a delicious dinner, catch up, and get home for a good night’s rest.  After an amazing breakfast at one of Calgary’s popular breakfast joints, Red’s, we bid adieu to our generous host and hopped on our bikes to explore the vast networks of biking/walking paths throughout Calgary’s downtown and riverfront. Read More

The Canadian Badlands

On Sunday, we checked into our ‘comfort’ campsite at Dinosaur Provincial Park near Brooks, Alberta in the heart of the Canadian Badlands.  With the park almost entirely to ourselves (or so it felt), we explored the self-guided trails on bike and foot.  It made for a fascinating tour of the weathered landscape that is so famous for revealing the best representation of late Cretaceous dinosaur fossils in the world! Read More

Friday morning we took our coffees to go as we headed out to Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada: where the prairies meet the mountains. We began the day’s adventures by detouring through a Bison Paddock on our way to the park.  If, like us, you are not familiar with what a Bison Paddock is, it turns out that it is like a Bison safari – a narrow stone road that winds through prairie lands inhabited by Bison.  We actually loved it so much we went through twice! Read More

Early Thursday morning, we set out to explore Glacier National Park. We opted to partake in one of the most popular activities in the park: driving the Going-to-the-Sun road. It didn’t take long for us to see why this drive is so famous as we cruised along, winding through the Rocky Mountains and marvelling at their vastness. After hours of driving in awe (and stopping at almost every lookout turnoff), we realized we had been gradually working our way to the mountain tops! (Hence the name of the road, I suppose…) Once we made it to the top at Logan’s Pass (6,646 feet elevation), we went on a short hike to Hidden Lake to stretch our legs. We were lucky enough to see an adult mountain goat and her “kid” grazing the rocky cliffs at Mount Clement. Read More