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
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
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 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
Our stay in Jasper didn’t get off to the best of starts. 3am on our first morning, and we are woken up by a dripping noise. Turns out that the room above was having a shower (who showers at 3am in the morning!?) and it was leaking into our room and bathroom! We spent our first day in the town by going on a walk … Continue reading Jasper National Park
Yes that’s right – we’ve seen our first bear(s)! And not just any bear, a mummy black bear and her 2 cubs. Black bears are the most common bears in North America, but we still hadn’t expected to see one on our first visit. I’m glad that when we did see one, it was whilst we were more than the recommended 3 bus lengths away … Continue reading Welcome to bear country
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