Category Archives: Alberta

It was cold. It was freezing. But we were in the rockies and there was so much to explore. They had recently opened moraine lake, close to lake Louise, so with a few keen hikers from the hostel I rented a car and we made our way over. At 1884 meters altitude it was even colder here. So I wrapped my scarf around my neck and hid my hands in my sleeves. The parking lot was super busy and we soon discovered why. The lake was stunning. Even with the clouds surrounding us the water still looked incredibly blue and the mountains were simply stunning. Since it was still pretty snowy around here, only one of the hikes had opened. It happened to be one of the easier ones. The walk to consolation lakes is 2,9km, but takes you along a fairly flat path. The path goes through the forest and…

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Sightseeing on the Icefields Parkway was the biggest reason why I had chosen to join an organised tour through to the Rockies. I didn’t just want to cruise along the road, but do hikes, takes photos and see the waterfalls. I wasn’t the only one who thought this way. Massive Brewster buses were going up and down the highway moving loads of tourists every day. The busy season hadn’t even fully started yet, but the most popular spots were very crowded. Luckily our Moose tour went to some less crowded places as well. We started driving from Lake Louise and in no time we were on the Icefields Parkway. It was a stunning day, with lots of sun and almost no clouds. It was like the landscape was opening up for us. Mighty mountains rose up left and right, making us feel incredibly small. Behind every corner was a new amazing…

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After two days of driving we had finally arrived in the beautiful town of Banff. Unfortunately it was only to spend the night, but I knew I would be back anyway. We were in the Rockies and these natural wonders were waiting to be explored by us. The weather hadn’t improved from the last two days, but in the distance it sort of looked promising. Unfortunately our first few stops around Banff were still a bit cloudy. Even though we didn’t see the surrounding mountains, lake Minnewanka and Two Jack lake were beautiful. The red chairs had a view of the lake with lots of clouds in the background. We actually had to put our raincoats on top to keep our jeans dry, but it was still a moment worthy of a photo. You can see the snowy mountains in the background through the clouds. It is hard to imagine that…

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Picture Canada. What do you see? I see big mountains and massive lakes. Surely, this is only a part of Canada, but it’s the part I’ve been dreaming of. The ultimate Canadian picture is of a red canoe out on the lake. My canoe wasn’t red, but the fact that I keep saying sorry makes up for that lack of Canadianness. I hadn’t been canoeing in a while, so it was about time. Banff has got a small house renting canoes right at the Bow river. Together with two hostel mates I ventured out onto the water in search of Vermilion lake. We followed the river, but made twice the distance as we were bumping from side to side, constantly steering too much to one side and then the other. I got stuck in tree branches several times and then we suddenly hit a spot where the rocks were so high…

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What an amazing day! After travelling on the Moose bus for a while, I hopped off in Banff for a week. One of the other Moose girls was also staying there for a while. She stayed in a different hostel and I found myself walking there almost every day. On one sunny day we decided to tackle Sulphur mountain. Through my Moose friend I met one of her Canadian roommates, who came along. He brought his German friend. That guy brought one of his friends. And one of my Whistler mates happened to be in town as well. So the six of us took the free bus to the Banff gondola. Of course you can go up the mountain by gondola, but for a better experience and a better budget you can also climb the zigzagging path to the top. The trail is fairly strenuous with 5,5km and 655m elevation gain. A series…

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