Hi everyone! Happy Friday! We made it after a busy week. My friends started summer softball this week, and it was a lot of fun! It’s always fun to have an excuse to get a big group together each week. Shoutout to Skyline Pub for the post softball drinks! In other news, I’m actually staying in Denver this weekend and I’m really excited about it! On the agenda is babysitting tonight, a long run tomorrow, and maybe hiking on Sunday! I can’t wait. I know it’s been a few weeks since I was in Banff, but I wanted to share with you Guide to Banff National Park Part 2!
While Day 2 in Banff was all about the lakes, day 3 was all about the waterfalls. We started with a recommendation from a couple people in town, Johnston Creek Canyon. When we got there, it was pretty empty but by the time we left there were lots of buses and tourists there. So I recommend going early. The waterfall was really cool and you got to see it from a few different angles. The path was paved the whole way, so it was accessible for most people. However, it did go uphill most of the way. Then we headed over to Takkakaw falls which was a treacherous drive but totally worth it! The views were awesome, and both of these waterfalls were very different.
After the car time, we went to a late lunch in Banff and walked around the town. We got some kitchy souveniors and then went back to the AirBNB to chill for a bit. I went on a run and the other girls hung out. After that, we went to a fun dinner in Canmore.
This was our last morning in Banff :(. We got up early, grabbed coffee, and drove over to Lake Minnewanka. (Not to be confused with Lake Minnetonka in MN but they did sound similar haha). We enjoyed our coffee and walked around. We also met some travelers from Holland who had rented an RV and been driving across the US and Canada for 3 weeks. Oh the life. Then we went to brunch in town and headed to Calgary for my friends flight. Afterwards, my other friend and I hit up the Canada Sports Hall of Fame museum which turned out to be pretty cool. It was the same area as the Olympic Training center and we learned a bit about the Calgary 1988 Olympics. It was a cool afternoon activity in Calgary, but I would recommend spending more time in Banff if you have the option! Then I headed to the airport.
It was such a fun trip, but it went so fast!
Tips for Banff
- When planning out your day watch out for long drives. Some of the cool sites are an hour or two from each other, so make sure to be aware of that.
- Go early- we really enjoyed doing our main activity of the day early when there were less people around. Some times we would start on a pretty empty trail in the morning and it would be super crowded by the time we headed down.
- Dress warm, even though it was late June, I wore a sweatshirt or rain coat almost all the time we were hiking in the parks. Similar to CO, it can be cold when hiking in the mountains even if town is warm.
- I think you could spend at least a week in Banff between the various parks nearby- Waterton, Banff, and Jasper are all within a few hours driving, but we didn’t make it to Jasper.
Linking up with Amanda