Banff National Park – Canada

Driving down the Icefields Parkway from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park I had a bless on the ride. It in fact took me that long, that after reaching Lake Louise it was almost dark and snowing anyway. Yes, snowing, at the End of September (Yes, that means I’m late with this blog for about two months… I’m sorry 😉 Been busy with more travels, so loads of blogs to come). If you would travel to Banff National Park now this snowy look would be totally normal, but as I got told it is not normal to snow as early as this year. Thanks to climate change I guess… Oh poor nature, what are we doing to you… But let’s not get to deep into that topic and show you the beautiful views our nature has to offer instead:

Bow Lake

At Jasper I already saw first snow, but when I reached the bow lake it started snowing really hard, so I had to move on after a short look at it. The stop was definitely worth it.

Lake Louise

I actually visited Lake Louise three times. First when I drove by it on my way from Jasper to Banff, where it was all misty and rainy and shortly after started snowing. The second time shortly after the sunset and the third time on my way driving west to see it once with sunlight. I can’t even decide how I liked it more, because it all had its charm. Judge yourself 😊

First visit, all mysterious covered in fog.
Second visit after a night full of snow.
Loved the moodyness.
I had a hard time picking which pictures to upload, so I hope you are okay with some more 😉
View out of a posh restaurant in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Third day about 3 days apart with almost all the snow melted. The greenish water shows way better with the sun out.
But at the same time there is so much more traffic on the lake 😉

Moraine Lake

Almost like with Lake Louise but only two times I visited Moraine Lake and I somehow prefer it over Lake Louise. Both are stunning, don’t get me wrong! I somehow liked that there is no big hotel build directly beside the lake and it is less crowded due to limited parking space. Which also means, that if you want to go here, weak up early, like I did for the sunset at 4 am to still get a parking lot. But in case you always miss the chance to get a place for parking, then you can also take the shuttle, either from the highway or from Lake Louise. I did latest for my second visit.

Stargazing and wayting for the sunrise.
The sun was rising and here you can spot some of the people on this small hill and beside the water waiting for the sun to come up befind the mountains…
… but well, the clouds decided to join the scenery short before the sunset, so no nice colored pictures this time 😉 Still beautiful isn’t it?
View from the small hill over the lake.
Winter scenery…
… but I came back a few days later and almost all the snow was gone, the sky was blue and gave a view with beautiful colors!
Isn’t this one of the cutest kids ever? 😉 Love the hat!
Look at this clear water!
Splash, I catched this stone randomly but liked the result 😊

Johnston Canyon

Around an hour to get to the upper falls on the way passing by the lower falls and then the same way back. It was one of the first days without snow and an easy hike because most of it is a man-made way and not just a path through the woods. Sadly, the cement path makes it less like a nice hike and filled with loads of people, because it is easy to access. Still, I enjoyed it and went all the way up while loads of the tourist stopped at the first waterfall. They missed out, even though after the first one the way is not cemented and steeper. But isn’t that the fun of it 😉

The canyon beside you walking on some sord of grid walk attached to the rocks.
Frozen tree trunk, I really liked the look of it.
The lower falls.
You can actually get near to them through a bridge and this is how they look up closed by with frozen ice around it.
The upper falls, definitely higher than the first ones.
What a unique rock formation around this canyon combinded with ice and snow.

Canmore

I spend a couple of days exploring the Banff National Park, while sleeping in Canmore nearby because it was cheaper to get a hostel there than in Banff or at Lake Louise. If you have a car, I would recommend doing the same, Canmore is a cute town and you quickly get to diverse beautiful spots.

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