A Day in Calgary, Alberta

When we met my parents in Banff National Park, we all flew in and out of Calgary. After several incredible days exploring Banff, Lake Louise, the Columbia Icefields, the Icefields Parkway, and Jasper, we made our way back to Calgary for our final night. Waking up in the city the next morning gave us the …

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Driving the Icefields Parkway

As I was researching things to do in Banff National Park, one of the experiences that always seemed to top the lists was exploring the Icefields Parkway. If you don’t mind spending a bit of time in your car, I highly recommend driving the parkway, which runs from Lake Louise to Jasper -- a distance …

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Morning on the Columbia Icefields

I usually end up taking the lead planning our adventures. I always ask Brian’s opinion and show him early and often what I’m thinking so he can chime in (usually to tell me I’m planning too much), but primarily I come up with the destination, figure out when and how we’re going, and what we’re …

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Banff National Park: Lake Louise & Moraine Lake

When we were planning our trip to Banff National Park, my mom forwarded me several articles that encouraged visitors to consider traveling to attractions somewhat off the beaten path given the increasing popularity of the sights that always make the top 10 lists. I was more than happy to include those recommendations in our itinerary, …

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Hiking in Banff National Park: Big Beehive

My favorite hike in Banff National Park was Big Beehive at Lake Louise. This 7.5 mile roundtrip hike with 2,547 feet of gain was the longest and hardest of our trip and offered spectacular views! If you have the time and inclination, I would highly recommend adding it to your list! We knew we wanted …

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Wildlife at Lake Minnewanka

One of the highlights of our time exploring Banff National Park with my parents was all of our wildlife sightings! From elk and deer to mountain goats and sheep to coyotes and porcupines and black and grizzly bears (not to mention the countless birds and rodents along the way), this was probably the greatest variety of …

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Hiking in Banff National Park: Tunnel Mountain

Our first morning in Banff National Park we left Canmore and headed toward downtown Banff. We had decided the night before to begin our day by heading to Tunnel Mountain, Banff's smallest summit, to take a sunrise hike for views overlooking Banff and the surrounding area. It was short trip to Banff where we winded …

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Where to Stay in Banff National Park

As we were planning our trip to Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, we quickly realized how far apart our destinations were and how we were going to need to be somewhat strategic about where we stayed in order to avoid spending the entire trip driving around in the car. Brian was in charge …

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An Afternoon in Waterton, Alberta

Our second day in Montana we woke up on the eastern side of Glacier National Park, grabbed some coffee and scones from the shop in our hotel, and got ready to set out for Alberta, Canada, so we could see the Canadian portion of Glacier National Park. As we were about to set out, I …

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