The morning of September 30th, we reluctantly packed up our camp in Jasper National Park and hit the road to Saskatoon, SK. As we cruised through the last bit of the Rocky Mountains, we listened to our Alberta playlist which consisted mostly of Canadian country music. Out of curiosity, we looked into whether there were any concerts going on along our route to Saskatoon and discovered that Dean Brody and Paul Brandt… Read More
On Tuesday, September 29th (yes we are that far behind on our blog!), we actually spent most of the day trying to catch up a bit on our blog (believe it or not). As the weather cleared up in the afternoon, we ventured out to do a little bit of sight-seeing around the town of Jasper. It was a perfect autumn day so we drove over to Patricia Lake to take some… Read More
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… Read More
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… 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… Read More
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… Read More
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.
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… Read More
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!
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… Read More