I think it’s good for the soul to spend time walking in the woods and this trip proved it to me. Even though we only visited Banff and Jasper for six nights, we came back feeling completely relaxed and less stressed and more connected as a family.
Our vacation involved doing a lot of short hikes since we were traveling with a 15-month old and just spending time outside enjoying the incredibly beautiful scenery. It was cold in early September, but the crowds were gone and we were able to enjoy some of the less well known hikes without seeing another soul.
Our top 10 highlights from this trip include:
1.) The turquoise water of Lake Louise. It’s absolutely incredible.
2.) The beauty and lack of crowds at Moraine Lake. It’s just a short drive from Lake Louise, but far fewer people visit Moraine Lake, which is exactly why you should.
3.) Johnston Canyon hike – this is a really popular hike so it can get crowded in the summer, but it’s short and scenic. Perfect for a family traveling with small kids.
4.) Driving the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper and taking the time to stop and explore along the way
5.) Mount Edith Cavell hike and glacier (and not crossing paths with the mama grizzly bear and her two cubs that had been spotted in the area the day before)
6.) Maligne Lake and drive. Drop. Dead. Gorgeous.
7.) The diversity of the scenery on the Consolation Lake hike at Moraine Lake
9.) Watching the pesky ground squirrels at Lake Louise (although, they make for cute pictures, it’s clear they are fed by too many tourists and we sincerely hope these bold-people-food-loving-squirrels retain their ability to find natural food and survive the long Canadian Rockies winter. This one thought Finnegan’s glove was food – thankfully he didn’t bite through to Finnegan’s finger. So learn from us and watch them from afar!)
10.) Seeing large herds of elk in Jasper National Park (ugh, we only have a picture of lone elk. Trust us, there were a lot of them!)
So do your soul a favor and book a trip to the Canadian Rockies and revel in the sheer beauty that constantly surrounds you. And pack a warm jacket – it gets really cold at night!
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