Here’s a taste of the incredible scenery we experienced on our three-week trip to the Canadian Rockies from July 21 to August 10. It was tough to narrow it down to so few photos, but hopefully this captures the region and the gist of our experiences.
Our first hike in Kootenay National Park near the hot springs.
Sinclair Canyon in Kootenay creates a dramatic entrance.
Paint Pots at Kootenay are pools of glacial water in beds of ochre tinted soil.
This is our campsite at Tunnel Mountain Village in Banff. We camped a total of 8 nights. The coldest temperature at wake up was 38 degrees F.
Johnston Canyon is one of the most popular trails in Banff National Park. We arrived early to beat the crowds.
Waterfalls along the Johnston Canyon Trail.
We extended our hike beyond the canyon to the Ink Pots.
The view of the town of Banff from the trail up Tunnel Mountain.
Cave and Basin Hot Springs National Historic site (within Banff NP) is the birthplace of Parks Canada.
We headed west to Revelstoke for a few days. Our favorite brewery was Rumpus and the poutine at Village Idiot was perfect.
Nick taking flight on Nels’ Nickers at a historic ski jump site in Mt. Revelstoke National Park.
Endless compositions of trees and mountains surrounded us at the summit of Mt. Revelstoke.
The nearby Revelstoke Mountain Resort has a mountain “pipe” coaster that was even more fun than we expected!
Glacier National Park of Canada has stunning mountain views. This is overlooking Rogers Pass from Marion Lake.
We hit some whitewater with Wild Water Adventures in Golden, BC. So much fun! Nick is taking 45 degree water to the face on the top.
High kicking at Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park.
We managed to avoid crowds at Banff’s famous Moraine Lake by arriving at 9:00pm. Still plenty of photographers waiting for the magic sunset moment.
We booked an amazing ranger-guided (Hi Ardelle!) hike up an extremely steep trail to the fossil field on Mt. Stephen in Yoho. Trilobites galore!
Emerald Lake in Yoho… The color of this photo is not enhanced.
Another early morning wakeup to get to Lake Louise in Banff.
We hiked over 12 miles from Lake Louise to Lake Agnes and the Plain of Six Glaciers.
The Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House is a welcome sight after hiking all the way from Lake Louise. They made some great chili with no electricity.
Beyond the Tea House we arrived at the trail’s end overlooking glaciers and Abbott Pass.
Heading back down the ridge of a moraine. That’s Lake Louise in the distance.
On the way north toward Jasper National Park, we stopped at Peyto Lake for what might be the most stunning view of the trip.
We took a great guided hike on the Athabasca Glacier with icewalks.com
Standing above a raging stream on Athabasca Glacier.
Sunwapta Falls in Jasper National Park. The perspective of the island is so weird, I had previously thought photographers of faking this angle.
We woke up to mama bear and her three cubs in the next campsite at Pocahontas Campground in Jasper!
Mr. Moose was out and about while we drove to Maligne Lake for our boat cruise.
The view from the top of the Sulphur Skyline Trail in Jasper. 360 degrees of mountains around us.
The Maligne Lake boat tour’s destination is Spirit Island, considered one of the most scenic spots in Canada.
Downstream from Maligne Lake, the river has carved this narrow and twisting canyon.
A winding road leads to Mt. Edith Cavell in Jasper NP.
Heading back south we viewed Glaciers all along the Icefields Parkway.
We made a quick stop at Mistaya Canyon. More narrow, twisty canyons carved by water.
Calgary provided a couple days of city living. This is the Peace Bridge, designed by Santiago Calatrava.
Downtown Calgary reflected in a pool at Prince’s Island Park.
South of Calgary is Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Indigenous peoples herded bison off the edge of this bluff in a well-orchestrated group hunt.
The Rockies rise back up out of the prairies approaching Waterton Lakes National Park.
We took a 2-hour ride with Alpine Stables on our first evening in Waterton Lakes. We saw three bears from horseback.
Bo and Candy.
Looking south into the U.S. from the Waterton townsite.
The hike to Crypt Lake has been called one of the best in the world. This is Burnt Rock falls on the way up.
Approaching the top of the hike we crossed a ledge and then entered a tunnel.
The hike ends with a loop around Crypt Lake. The big wall of rock in the background is in the United States.
Incredible scenery from the Crypt Lake Trail.
On our last morning in Canada, we took a canoe out for a spin on Upper Waterton Lake. It was super peaceful until a passing motorboat almost capsized us.
Revisiting Glacier National Park in Montana for the first time since 2013. Relaxing with some Canadian beer.
Attending a ranger talk at the St. Mary Campground.
Wild Goose Island is a popular photo subject in Glacier.
Mr. Bighorn Sheep seemed to be posing for tourists at the top of Logan Pass.
Beginning the infamous Highline Trail in Glacier. We wanted to do this hike in 2013 but it was still snowed in in July. Totally worth the wait.
Looking down at Going To The Sun Road.
Beargrass along the Highline Trail.
We took the grueling side trail up to the Grinnell Glacier overlook for a picnic lunch atop the continental divide.
Glacier has amazing views at every turn. This was after passing the Granite Park Chalet toward the end of our 14 mile hike.
We rewarded ourselves with dinner at the Many Glacier Lodge. Our picnic lunch site is along the ridge in the distance.
Morning boat cruise across Two Medicine Lake. This was a nice, secluded part of the park.
We saw this moose couple grazing near Upper Two Medicine Lake. Majestic.
Layers and layers of trees in Glacier National Park.
We couldn’t have planned this, but our 2019 road trip totaled 2019 miles.
Rail yard in Whitefish Montana the night before our departure.
We took the Empire Builder Amtrak route from Whitefish home to Chicago. It was a long 36-hours, but a great way to unwind after so much adventure.
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