We went for a family weekend in Lake Louise and kicked it off by having a picnic lunch and going hiking in Banff on the way. We had lunch at the end of the parkway at Vermillion Lake with a nice view of Mt. Rundle in the background and a posse of Columbian Ground Squirrels nearby, and then we went for a short hike up Silvertip Creek to Silverton Falls. This trail is only a few kilometers away from Johnston Canyon, but it is almost unknown and doesn't see anywhere near the huge crowds that travel to … Continue Reading ››
We went out to Kananaskis to see Elbow Falls. Sadly the falls were underwhelming, crowded, and too man-made, so we went looking for a trail to hike instead. Just around the corner from the falls is a trail called the Beaver Lodge trail. It’s a lovely walk through a pretty forest and along several Beaver ponds. Not only far better than Elbow Falls, but worthy of a hike on its own merits too!
We went hiking at Sunshine Meadows with the Nott Family and Monica (and Kenneth). The day started off great as we came across a timber wolf on the road into the base of the mountain. He was out for a morning stroll and completely ignored us while we stopped to a take a few pictures… We met up with the rest of the gang at the base and boarded the first bus up to the day lodge. During the ski season there is a gondola running between the parking lot and the ski lodge, but in the summer you have to take an old school bus up a long, windy, and … Continue Reading ››
We packed up pretty early to go home on the last day of our camping trip because we had another engagement later in the day... We did stop to take a few pictures of the beautiful wildflower covered meadows though!
Waterton is an incredibly windy place and the wind howled all night the first night and most of the second day too. We didn't let that get to us though and we went out and enjoyed the park anyway! We checked out downtown Waterton in the morning and had lunch at the lake shore with a nice view of the Prince of Wales hotel on the hill across the lake. Waterton is a cute little town (population 70 in the winter) with several nice hotels and inns. The Prince of Wales is very old and castle-like, and since it was up on the hill you can see … Continue Reading ››