It’s been awhile.. As you know or didn’t know, we went to Canada this past July- we flew into Calgary and road-tripped up to Banff National Park. Everything there looked so surreal, literally postcard vibes everywhere! It was definitely made one of our top favorite destinations we’ve been too.. But, I finally finished going through & editing my favorite pictures from our Canada trip! Better late than never, right? I’m sharing with you guys my key tips for each place we went to that I found was extremely helpful for us..
Lake Moraine was definitely what it’s all hyped up to be. It was extremely breathtaking (as cheesy as that sounds, it’s true).
-Arrive early: After tons of researching, we decided to arrive at the park around 6:30-7 AM because parking gets impossible anytime after that, and if you take the shuttle, it’s not free, so to avoid extra cost, wake up early! & not only that- you beat the crowd so you are able to take amazing pictures.
-Map to Moraine Lake Parking.
** Also, download the map for Alberta, Canada & British Columbia, so that when you lose service in the mountains, your navigation will still work.
-Research by reading reviews on trip advisors, “All you need to know” about Moraine Lake. People post reviews here daily so no matter what time of the year you decide to go this link is extremely helpful!
Rockpile Hike at Moraine Lake
It’s a really easy hike, I wouldn’t even really call it a hike, more like a walk. It will take you about 20 minutes AT MOST to get to the top.
Canoe Dock at Moraine Lake
We drove up to Emerald Lake because we were initially going to canoe at Moraine Lake, but the weather wasn’t allowing for it there, and one of the employees actually recommended this to us, and I’m so glad he did. In my opinion, it was just as pretty, and it was less crowded, and the best part- The canoe rental pricing were so much more reasonable.
This small quaint little lake was a gem.. We actually just stumbled upon it. It’s not a very popular destination and not at all touristy so you won’t see this one on very many blogs/guides. Parking was easy and the restrooms were pretty nice, which was so relieving because the cut out trashcans and hole in the ground restrooms were definitely something I wasn’t use to…
BOAT RIDE ON LAKE MINNEWANKA
It was super inexpensive to rent a boat, the lake is small like I stated so you really won’t need more than an hour and one boat fits up to 6 people. It’s super easy to drive as well, so if you don’t know how to operate a boat, don’t fret! They show you how to work it in less than 5 minutes.
There is a lower and upper falls hike at this location. We did both. They aren’t hard, the path is well maintained. I honestly didn’t think this was really worth doing, but it was nonetheless, a nice and easy hike, approximately 3.5 miles total for both. We ended up taking this secret path down to this huge rock & waterfall area- It’s close to the top of the upper falls hike. It’s definitely a risky path to take because it’s not maintained and you are literally climbing down, holding on to tree branches while you’re doing it, I would say proceed with caution.
This one is a very popular tourist destination, there is canoeing here and a gondola ride you can do. It was nice to just pop in, take a quick gaze around, and move on. While researching for the trip, we intended to the Lake Agnes Tea House Trail, but we ended up wanting to move on to other sights, instead of hiking for hours. A good guide to this hike, here.
-Arrive early for parking, before 7 AM.
After a long day of walking around and sightseeing, we didn’t want to do much anymore hiking. What I loved most about this lake is, it’s easy to drive up to and a short walk to the prettiest view.
-Parking: There is two parking lots- Don’t park at the first one you see to avoid walking up a steep hill. There is a parking lot if you keep going straight up to where bus parking is, not a lot of people know about this lot, and there was tons of spaces even when we went around 3/4ish pm.
& that’s a wrap! I hope you guys enjoyed our Canada lookbook, we are already talking about going back because it was just that amazing. If you are planning a trip there and have any questions, be sure to leave a comment and I’ll definitely get back to you 🙂
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