Lake Louise, Jasper -10 Days in Canada Vlog – Banff

Lake Louise, Jasper -10 Days in Canada Vlog – Banff
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Mountains and Roads

Running along the spine of the Canadian Rocky   Mountains, just 2 roads, spanning 300km, guided us      through 12 days of the most awe inspiring nature,   we’ve ever see. Situated in Western Canada,      in the province of Alberta, our accommodation,   spread our trip into 3 easy chapters.    Banff, the commercial centre of Canadas   first National Park. Lake Louise,      a stunning glacial lake that despite its fame,   still meets the hype. And finally, Jasper,      a relatively quiet mountain   town that stole our heart.    To pull the curtain back slightly, I’ve   delayed editing this travel vlog for 9      months and the reason is simple. I found this   trip to Canada to be such a beautiful and at      times magical experience, I was and still am   so overwhelmed by the seemingly impossible      task of creating a vlog for you that would   do THIS, justice. But we are going to try.   

Explored

And you’ll just   have to wait and see, as to how wrong we were.    With an added spring in our step then,   we explored the local area on foot,      always keeping an eye out to add to our list…    By the late morning, we made our way to our   first tourist attraction: The Banff Gondola…      Soaring 2000 feet over 8 minutes, this cable   car takes you to the summit of Sulphur Mountain,      named after the hot springs on its lower slopes…    Once at the top, this boardwalk straddles the   ridge for a good kilometre, and really opens up the space…     It’s easy to see why the Banff   Gondola is so popular as it allows stunning      views of 6 different peaks from one spot, and   with relative ease. But it was also great to      have a clear view of the river walk we’d   just taken and Banff town from up above.    The visitor centre up here is an   attraction in itself though. 

Canyons and Fondue

With our body clocks still clinging to UK time,   we had an early night and rested for tomorrow,      readying ourselves for boats, canyons and fondue.    Staying in Banff, the question   isn’t so much as for what to see,      but what not to see. Although our destination,   Lake Minnewanka, was a quick 20 minute drive,      along the way, it’s very easy to get distracted   and that’s what happened with Cascade Ponds.    This was also the first time we   came across these. Parks Canada,      the body that manages all National Parks here,   has scattered more than 200 red chairs across      the country, all of which make for a nice   surprise when you later bump into them.    But then, you remember your actual destination,   y’know, that 20 minute drive you had,      only now you’re distracted by just a brief stop   at Johnson Lake, followed by another brief stop at      Two Jack Lake. So, just be aware that you’re 14km   drive can take 2 hours, but, with zero regrets.    Finally then, our 20 minute journey was   compete. Whilst an unfortunate spelling      for anyone who’s British, Lake Minnewanka   is Banffs largest lake, measuring 21km.     

The Grizzely House

  One thing to note though, and this is coming from   a Londoner, is that meals can get pretty pricey,      especially if you aren’t looking at   the menu in advance. For example,      this sticky Bison short rib came in at $55   Canadian dollars, with all appetisers in the 20s.      Admittedly this was a really nice restaurant   and personally speaking, we’re pretty happy      with spoiling ourselves with food on holiday, but   it’s just something to be aware of when visiting.    For lunch today, we visited The Grizzly House,      a super popular steak and fondue   restaurant on Banff avenue.      Although I’ve read some mixed reviews online, we   really loved this place, myself especially, being      such a sucker for any kind of cheese I can get my   hands on. With garlic cloves buried deep within      the fondue, and a pepper sprinkling giving   it a gentle kick, this was excellent.    Especially when we next ordered this   hot rock for some sizzling beef.   

Scale and Grandeur

  Perfectly framed by its surroundings,   the scale and grandeur of Lake Louise is      hard to capture on screen. With it being early   June, we arrived just as the lake was thawing,      which largely removes the notable turquoise colour   it’s famous for. So it was especially rewarding,      that as we climbed in height, its   true colour gradually revealed itself.      This striking hue comes from erosion, and the   rock silt that’s carried from its glacial source.      The silt is so fine, it remains suspended at   the surface, reflecting blue and green light.    Lake Louise was named after the fourth daughter   of Queen Victoria; Princess Louise Caroline      Alberta. So, yes, not only was this lake named   after her, but the province of Alberta itself.    Walking to Lake Louise, the first thing you’ll   see is the iconic Fairmont Hotel, originally      built in the late 1800s. For a hotel this size   to have such an exclusive front row to nature,      is almost unheard of and for some, staying   here is a once in a lifetime experience. 

Lakes and Panoramas

    This is an incredibly rare sighting of a white   grizzly bear. So unique, that it makes headlines      when spotted. We of course, didn’t realise this   at the time, but we knew this was still something      special. There are approximately 200 Grizzly   bears that roam Banff and its neighbouring      National Parks and the most famous even have their   own nickname. This might be Nakoda and seeing her      was an incredible moment. The road we were on   was fortunately quiet but you shouldn’t ever      be causing tailbacks with animal sightings,   so we didn’t have long to soak it all in.    What was even more amazing, was   that literally 2 hours later,      we had another sighting, this time on foot.   We’d made a brief stop at Field, a small,      but notable town in Yoho National Park. Wanting to   stretch our legs and explore this friendly place,      we stumbled upon this. We hadn’t actually noticed   ourselves, but a couple of local residents pointed      him out to us.     Before we left our second home, we   still had one more lake to visit.    

Athabasca Glacier

      Unfortunately, this 10,000 year old glacier   is melting and in the last 125 years,      losing half of its volume. So, yes whilst this   might symbolise an inescapable death for us all,      the upside, it is drinkable and very fresh.    So, with the glacier in our rear   view mirror, and 200km complete,      we made our last push towards Jasper…    Touching more than 11,000 square kms of land,   Jasper is Canadas largest Rocky Mountain National      Park. Whilst still   clearly geared for tourism, the main high street      feels much more local and calm, which at   this point, was exactly what we wanted.    To spoil ourselves, we saved our best   accommodation for last. Jaspers history      is synonymous with cabin life, dating back   to the Métis families who lived here in      the late 1800s.   We knew our accommodation was comparatively   remote, when a wandering bear passed our window.      


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