a taste of The Rockies - Canada

Monday, August 24, 2015

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world...

Banff National Park, Canada
Every now and then I stumble on a corner of the world that I wish I could capture in my minds eye forever. The Canadian Rockies is one such place.

Lake side  - Banff National Park, Canada
Hubby and I started our journey through Banff and Jasper National Parks following an indulgent few days at the Calgary Stampede at the beginning of July.

We were privileged to have the best tour guides with us - my husband's Aunt and Uncle who have lived in Alberta their whole lives. Needless to say they were very excited to show off their corner of the world, so I took the opportunity to 'sit back and enjoy the ride'...

Lake Moraine - Banff National Park, Canada
We stopped in some absolutely beautiful spots during our four days of wilderness including Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. We hiked to waterfalls, ate picnics on the edge of less well-known lakes and watched the geese and and people in canoes float past.

We also kept our eyes peeled for famous Canadian wildlife. Sadly there were no bears to be seen, but we spotted deer, elk, squirrels and these beautiful orange flowers known as 'Indian Paintbrush' everywhere...

Indian Paintbrush - Banff National Park, Canada

Lake Louise - Banff National Park, Canada

Squirrel at Lake Louise - Banff National Park, Canada
Isn't Lake Louise just stunning? I could have camped out with this view all day...

Lake Louise - Banff National Park, Canada
One evening we stayed overnight at the Columbia Icefield - the largest ice field in the Rockies that feeds eight major glaciers.

Columbia Icefield - The Canadian Rockies
Early the next morning we rose early to experience the Glacier Skywalk just down the road - a glass walkway that sits 280 metres in the air above the valley below, with 180 degree views of the surrounding glaciers. It was pretty spectacular - and as a bonus, we had got up so early that we were the only people there for the first 45 minutes. Definitely worth loosing sleep for!

The Glacier Skywalk - The Columbia Icefield - The Canadian Rockies


View from the Glacier Skywalk - The Columbia Icefield - The Canadian Rockies


My favourite moment though was spending the afternoon at Horseshoe lake, known but not too well known for swimming and thrilling cliff jumping! With a 'baby on board' I couldn't take part in the later unfortunately but I most certainly did enjoy a refreshing (aka freezing) dip in the crystal clear water...


Horseshoe Lake - Jasper National Park, Canada

Jasper National Park, Canada






Horseshoe Lake - Jasper National Park, Canada
Gosh it was beautiful! I am determined to go back again very soon and would love to visit during the winter also.

Have you experienced any must see spots in this lovely world recently?

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12 comments

  1. The Rockies are no. 1 on my bucket list! Seriously beautfiful and gorgeous pictures!!

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    1. Thanks Van. The Rockies are indeed beautiful and I really struggled to take any photo that would do the mountains justice. Time to book your trip? :)

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  2. How beautiful is The Rockies. I cant wait to go here one day



    Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go

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    1. It sounds like it's time for you to start planning a holiday... :)

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  3. Such gorgeous photos! Oh my goodness, swooning :)

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    1. Ha ha, thanks Jordan. The Rockies are such a beautiful spot. I highly recommend a visit.

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  4. Your photos are exquisite Claire...I've yet to really explore Canada (apart from a day trip from Seattle) but have my heart set on playing Anne of Green Gables! Family are the best tour guides
    xx
    Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes

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    1. Thanks Kelly. I really love Canada - great culture, lots of space, beautiful landscape, lots of outdoor adventure. Family are indeed the best tour guides!

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  5. So many beautiful photographs. I would LOVE to visit one day!

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    1. Thanks Natasha. Hope you are going well! :)

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