Somehow the planets aligned and I was able to spend three days in the Rocky Mountains of Canada with my parents. While I got to return for a tour in a couple days time, this was all the time they could spare – so we had to make the most of it. I’ll admit, this is mostly just an excuse to share some of my photos because, my goodness, these mountains make for some epic ones.
Home base: Num-Ti Jah Lodge
On the beautiful Bow lake and with a resident grizzly (named Bertie), what more could you ask for?
Day 1 (second half):
With my parents arriving in at midday and needing to pick me up from the farm I’d been staying on, we only really had time to stop off at Lake Louise before we needed to move on. Lake Louise though. I’ve seen lots of photos of the Rockies, and none I’ve seen actually prepared me for it. With a light haze, it genuinely seemed magical.
The morning involved Hector Lake, Herbert Lake, the Spiral Tunnels and the Natural Bridge on Kicking Horse River. Lots of awesomeness, not enough photos to even share.
Oh Emerald Lake… I really loved it here. They’re not kidding about the whole Emerald thing either. The short walk around delivered ‘wow’ after ‘wow.
Next was Moraine Lake – it seriously delivered on the mountain backdrop! The lake itself was far more blue than Emerald, rather than green, and there were so many adorable ground squirrels running around here. While Emerald had more of a serene vibe, Moraine just screamed epic.
We couldn’t have found a better way to finish off the perfect day than by drinking sangria, watching the sun set over the stunning Peyto Lake. Like, seriously.
After a quick morning stop to see Peyto Lake again in all its blue glory…
… we started the drive to Jasper through the Icefields Parkway, renowned as one of the most scenic drives in the world. Let’s just say it did not disappoint.
There was the Athabasca Glacier (the weather was kind of average this day, I’ll share photos soon), the Athabasca Falls, and Sunwapta Falls:
AND EVEN MOUNTAIN GOATS! AND A BLACK BEAR!
A quick stock up in Jasper, dinner overlooking the glacier, and some more wine in the room.
Day 4 (first half):
After checking out of our hotel, it was time to make our way back to Calgary along the scenic Bow Valley Parkway. The drive was by no means a chore, as we winded our way and not only did we get to awe over the mountains one last time, we spotted some elk as well.
For just 3 days, we packed in a lot of incredibly beautiful destinations. The weather was absolutely perfect, and it was so special to be able to share this with my parents. If the Canadian Rockies aren’t on your bucket list already, put it up there STAT!