O’Canada! The Canadian Rockies were calling Labor Day weekend. My friends and I used our U.S. Holiday to travel across the boarder to one of the most renown picturesque places in the world: Banff National Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The sites were absolutely stunning! Every turn was a picture perfect postcard. We spent about 4 days in the area, starting with exploring Lake Louise, site seeing in downtown Banff, eating our way through the Kensington borough of Calgary, and hiking the Hoodoos.
Our lodge was located near the town of Canmore, nestled between Calgary and Banff and home to the Three Sisters. We stayed at the Copperstone Resort, which I highly recommend. It is a family friendly establishment offering covered, underground parking (perfect for snow days!), kitchen suites, an outdoor cooking area, hot tub, and more. It is a very family friendly establishment that made our stay in the area a great experience.
Every site – from the windows in the car to the tops of the mountains – was breathtaking. Renting a car is the best way to get around, seeing that Banff is about a one and a half hours drive West of Calgary and the Hoodoos farther East of the city.
Our hike around Lake Louise boasted breathtaking views of the Chateau against a beautiful mountain backdrop.
And thus we begin our trek up the mountain, unable to keep our eyes on the path ahead when surrounded by sites like these.
The forest greens contrasted against the blue sky made for breathtaking views. After making it partially through the trail, we decided to wander off deep into the woods where we found ancient twisted roots, streams from the melting ice caps, and made a few forest friends along the way.
Once we made it back to the Lake, we headed off towards the Chateau, concluding our first full day in the National Park.