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Guide to Banff National Park Part 1

Hi everyone, Happy Friday! I’m thankful for this short work week and excited to be heading to Steamboat, Colorado this afternoon. It’s been really hot in Denver (high 90s or even 100 degrees) so its nice to head to the mountains for the weekend. There is a hot air balloon festival in Steamboat, so make sure to check my instagram stories for highlights. I wanted to share Guide to Banff National Park part 1 with you today. You may have seen that a few weeks ago my friends and I spent a long weekend in Banff National Park.

My friends and I picked this trip earlier this spring. We had a few places in mind, Banff, Charleston, Boston, Portland, and Santa Fe. After a couple months of discussion, Banff won with flying colors. The pictures we had seen were amazing and everyone said that Banff was a must see. At that time, we planned where we were going to stay and our rental car. We planned to stay in a hotel in Calgary on travel days, an AirBNB in Canmore (near the park), and we rented a car at the airport. Over the next few months, we spent time talking to friends and doing research online! We flew to Calgary (which wasn’t super cheap from Chicago, Madison, or Denver) but we were strategic and found flights that worked for us!

Day 1

Well this was technically day 2, but we didn’t land until around 10PM in Calgary, so we just gathered our stuff and headed to the hotel. We started in the car and drove about 2.5 hours to Waterton National Park. Waterton is connected to Glacier National Park USA and really close to the Montana border. We did a hike to Rowe Lake, and then we went to Prince of Wales Hotel for coffee and tea. After that, we got back into the car to head to our AirBNB in Canmore.

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Day 2

We started around 6am for day 2, and we headed to the Teahouse and Big Beehive hike at Lake Louise. I’m glad we went early because the trail wasn’t very crowded. We were one of the first groups at the teahouse and we were able to grab a table inside. We enjoyed some warm tea and continued hiking to Big Beehive Lookout. There was a bit of snow on the trail, but it was a fun hike. The views of Lake Louise at the top of the look out were AMAZING. This hike was so much fun and I’m glad we were able to do it!

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After the hike, we went to lunch at the Fairmont Hotel (more on that in a later post).  Next we drove to Lake Moraine and rented a 3-person canoe for an hour. It was really fun to be on the water and there was plenty of space for canoers on the lake. Canoeing gave us a completely different view or mindset of being on the water.

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Lastly, we went to Bow Lake and hung out for a bit. We stopped at two different points and got out of the car. We hung out near the water and took some photos. It was nice to stretch our legs and enjoy the sunshine.

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