Moraine Lake

Looking back on 6 months in Canada

So today is our 6 month anniversary since leaving the UK to come on our Canadian adventure. Doesn’t time fly! The good news is that in the past 2 weeks our respective parents have both booked trips to come and visit us (fortunately not at the same time…), and we can’t wait to see them again! To mark our 6 month anniversary, we decided to look … Continue reading Looking back on 6 months in Canada

Emerald Lake

Yoho National Park (and Glacier National Park)

After our visit to Banff, we began to journey west towards Vancouver. Our first port of call on the way was Yoho National Park, which borders Jasper and Banff National Parks to the west. Yoho features much of the same landscape as Jasper and Banff, but probably doesn’t receive quite the same acclaim given the lack of a major settlement, thus making it a bit … Continue reading Yoho National Park (and Glacier National Park)

Moraine Lake

Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

Despite being located in Banff National Park, we felt that Lake Louise and the neighbouring Moraine Lake deserved their own blog post, as their location is very much distinct from that of the town of Banff. Lake Louise is supposedly that stereotypical Canadian Rockies view – a blue lake hemmed in by snow capped mountains and forests of pine, and is therefore a very popular … Continue reading Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

Vermilion Lakes

Banff National Park

Our time in Banff National Park started with our first walk up a mountain.  Not a very big mountain, but it still has ‘mountain’ in its name, so it counts. Tunnel Mountain is located on the outskirts of Banff, and its summit offers good views of the town and valley below, and the surrounding mountains. With an average gradient of 11% (if our calculations are … Continue reading Banff National Park


All aboard the sushi train!

As some people (hi Selina) were getting worried that we aren’t eating I thought I’d write about a few of the things we ate in Banff. Not having a kitchen meant we got to eat more exciting stuff than the usual pasta and sauce or bread and hummus! Sushi train First up is the sushi train! Rather than the traditional conveyor belt method, the sushi here … Continue reading All aboard the sushi train!

The Columbia Icefield

Driving the Icefields Parkway

The Icefields Parkway is lauded as the world’s most scenic road. It’s not hard to see why. This is anything but the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon. Flanked on either side by mountains – some bare, some snow capped, some glistening under the weight of a glacier – and by an unfathomable number of conifers, every mile of road seems to open up yet another … Continue reading Driving the Icefields Parkway

Travelling by train to the Rockies

VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ train from Toronto to Vancouver is supposed to be one of the world’s greatest train journeys. It also costs over $2,000 and takes 5 days so was just a bit out of budget! Instead of doing the whole thing (the first part through the Prairies is meant to be pretty boring anyway) we flew to Edmonton and then took the train to … Continue reading Travelling by train to the Rockies