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Canadian Rockies Road Trip Itinerary- 8 Days in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains

A trip to Alberta wouldn’t be complete without doing a road trip in the Canadian Rockies. The drive from Calgary to Jasper is one of the finest road trips in Canada, a route that passes by Alberta’s most inspiring scenery as it makes its way through the mountains and into the heart of Banff and…

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  • the cape on the corner - gorgeous! this is definitely on my list. thanks for the detailed route!
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  • Janice & George, Sand In My Suitcase - We used to live in Calgary — and we’ve done this road trip; spectacular! Maligne Canyon is gorgeous to hike. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.May 31, 2018 – 2:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristie - Can you comment on doing this trip the end of October/beginning of November?  I wasn’t sure if the weather would still be good for driving.  I live in the very humid South in the US, so not accustomed to snow or cooler weather, lol!October 3, 2018 – 4:28 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - That really depends on the year. Sometimes we have snow that sticks around by October, but sometimes not. In general, weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, especially on the Icefields Parkway. I would make sure I come prepared with blankets, food etc. just in case. I think if road conditions get really bad they close the highway but I’ve never seen that in October/early November.November 18, 2018 – 5:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Diane - Great information!  Thank youJuly 1, 2019 – 11:07 amReplyCancel

  • Kelley - Hello! You’re article has inspired me to take this trip and try out your itinerary. I am curious if you have any thoughts on doing it by Campervan. We did the Ring Rd in Iceland by camper last year and really enjoyed it but I don’t see it as widely recommended for Banff and Jasper. Thoughts?August 8, 2019 – 7:21 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - You can definitely do Banff and Jasper with a camper van. My family did this all the time when I was a kid. Nowadays though you’d have to have your trip planned well in advance (if visiting in July or August) because campsites book up months ahead of time.August 11, 2019 – 2:56 pmReplyCancel

4 Romantic Winter Getaways in Alberta

Albertans love to complain about our long winters, but rather than dreading Canada’s coldest season, we think it’s the perfect time to have a romantic weekend away. Covered in a blanket of white, Alberta’s landscapes couldn’t be more romantic. There’s a peacefulness to the surroundings. It feels as though each place, each moment exists just…

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  • Angela - Ok I’m admittedly not one to like snow, but your post is warming me up to the idea, ironically. That scenery is absolutely gorgeous… I mean, I guess if you’re dressed warmly, the white fluff can be kind of nice :DNovember 21, 2017 – 5:14 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Absolutely- it’s all about dressing for the weather! Winter is a beautiful season and I’d take snow over rain any day!November 21, 2017 – 4:29 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Cave and Basin, Banff National Park

Banff may be world famous for its breathtaking mountains and glistening blue lakes, but it was a small cave and its thermal waters that spurred the creation of Canada’s first national park, Banff, in 1885. Cave and Basin is the lowest of nine natural hot springs on Sulphur Mountain, its water bubbling up from 3…

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Photo of the Week: Lake Louise Station

After a weekend of hiking to Larch Valley and horseback riding to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House, we ended our visit to Lake Louise with a delicious meal at The Station Restaurant. As a train lover, I was immediately impressed. Located in Lake Louise Station, the oldest building in Lake Louise, the restaurant…

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Horseback Ride to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House- Lake Louise

It was our quest for new adventures in Lake Louise that led us try horseback riding for the first time, going all the way up to the historic Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House nestled high in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Neither one of us had been on a horse before. I had always been…

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Larch Valley Hike- Lake Louise, Banff National Park

The Larch Valley hike near Lake Louise has been something Mike and I have been talking about doing for years, so this fall we finally decided to make it happen. Wow, had we been missing out all this time! The Lake Louise area is a special place any time of year, but it shines just…

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  • Dave and Robin - A very enjoyable post – and great photos! I think we may have to add this to our bucket list. Looking forward to reading more of your adventures.May 22, 2017 – 10:26 amReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Peyto Lake, Banff National Park

As a lifelong resident of Alberta, and frequent visitor to Banff National Park, it’s very odd that I hadn’t visited Peyto Lake before now. Over the last few months, I was seeing so many photos of this beautiful lake on Instagram, that I decided we had to make a special stop on our way home…

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Moraine Lake, Banff National Park- The Lake With the Twenty Dollar View

Excitedly, Mike and I climb up Rockpile trail, weaving our way around huge boulders of glacial moraine so prominent that the nearby Moraine Lake was named after the debris. Walking a little faster than normal, we are anxious to see the famous lake that graced the back of Canada’s $20 bills during our childhood. A…

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  • Samuel Jeffery - Gorgeous photos! While I attended the U of A in Edmonton I would try to visit Banff and Jasper as often as I could.August 14, 2013 – 11:03 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks! We try to go to the Rockies as much as possible too. We’re so lucky to have such beautiful places in our own backyard. (I went to the U of A as well-B.Ed).August 14, 2013 – 11:08 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Great photos! I love the photos of the chipmunk too. I used to try to catch them around my house when I was a kind. I definitely never got that close!August 16, 2013 – 9:34 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I couldn’t believe how unafraid the chipmunks were. They would come right up to our hand and then scurry a little ways away when they realized we didn’t have any food. It gave me a lot of great photo opportunities! Hurray for fast shutter speeds!August 16, 2013 – 10:16 amReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Chateau Lake Louise, Banff National Park

The decor throughout the Chateau Lake Louise pays homage to the Swiss influence that was paramount to the early development of the Lake Louise Area. This chandelier in the main lobby has four maidens, facing each of the cardinal directions. The women are said to represent the wives of the Swiss mountain guides. The chandelier…

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Photo of the Week: Ink Pots, Banff National Park

The Johnston Canyon trail is one of the most popular hiking trails in Banff National Park.  However, not too many people hike as far as the Ink Pots. Those who make the 3 km trek from the Upper Falls to Johnston Valley are rewarded with this beautiful view, unspoiled by the masses of tourists you…

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  • Helen - I was just having a nostalgia trip and found this site. The photos are great and remind me of living in the area as a child and young adult. Just one issue and that is your text is running into your side bar and is mixed up with the information there.August 5, 2015 – 5:36 pmReplyCancel

Romantic Lake Louise- Our Favourite Activities for Romance

Lake Louise is one of our favourite places to visit in the Canadian Rockies and Mike and I have made many trips here during our relationship. Lake Louise is pristine, calming and picturesque- the perfect place for couples of any age to rekindle the spark during a romantic weekend getaway in Alberta. For us, romance…

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