After five years of sitting on the very top of my bucket list, I finally sprinted off to the land of mountains and turquoise water – Banff, Canada. To celebrate a much-anticipated college graduation and the calm after the storm – of finals and moving across country one last time – my good friend Cassie and I ran, explored and wandered around Banff National Park, taking in all the scenic views from dirty car windows and holding on to each and every sunset with a cider in hand. I was smitten by this little town in the mountains. And will, most definitely, be back.
Day 01: Eager to see everything, we woke up a 4am to catch the sunrise at Lake Louise. To our surprise, we had the shoreline trail all to ourselves as we ate our peanut butter sandwiches and sipped our hotel room made coffee.
The second stop was filled with equal amounts of praise and enthusiasm, “ooo” and “hurray” as we arrived just in time to canoe in the ever-beautiful and vibrant Emerald lake, it was only the second-day canoes were available for rent.
After one big nap and two much-needed Chili’s cheeseburger, we hiked up to the top of Tunnel Mountain for sunset where we were greeted by one angry chicken and two perfectly placed red chairs.
Day 02: The only expectation was to wander, aimlessly. Our waiter at breakfast – once again at Chili’s – suggested starting our day exploring Mount Norquay. We navigated a confusing and never-ending trail to find a made up summit at the very top of Stoney Squaw Mountain overlooking Lake Minnewanka and Cascade Mountain.
The peak. Counting our blessings and feeling our luck, we were able to perfect our timing and see the much anticipated, highly recommended, always talked about Moraine Lake on opening day. Moraine Lake is the gem of all gems in Banff National Park but closed for a majority of the year due to avalanches. We anxiously waited two hours over goat cheese, crackers and fresh strawberries to watch the sunset over the “awe” worthy mountain range.
Day 03: As we started to feel our time run out, we decided to embody all things adventure on our last day. We traveled one hour to enjoy a BBQ in the mountains and go white water rafting on the Kicking Horse River where the water felt a mere 5-degree Celsius.
And with that, our adventure, our celebration, our soulcation and our pause came to an end.
If you need a vacation or looking for a getaway from the craziness of life, I full-heartedly recommend that you seek the calm and the peace of Banff, Canada. You will fall in love with the town, the mountains, the adventure. It will not disappoint. That, I promise.
That’s all for now,