Writing about Banff is a very silly thing to do. It’s one of those things you have to see to believe it’s not something you dreamed up. Words just can not capture the beauty of the milky turquoise Lake Louise or the flanking mountainsides of the Canadian Rockies. So I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves and keep it short and sweet.
We spent 4 nights camping at Tunnel Mountain Village 1 in Banff National Park. This campsite was perfect for our time in the Canadian Rockies: central to all the main attractions, free firewood, and hot showers (which we would later learn is a luxury).
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Johnston Canyon Upper Falls
Our first stop in Banff after setting up camp at Tunnel Mountain was Johnston Canyon. This is an out and back hike with several options for distance. The shortest distance is Lower Falls, but we oped for the 3.1 mile hike to Upper Falls. There was an even further hike to the Ink Pots, but we were still warming up (this was our first national park after all). This trail was stunning - the hike curved through the canyon along the runoff from the falls.
One of our favorite spots in all of Banff was Lake Minnewanka. We found a private area on the rocky shore to unroll our blanket and take a minute to soak up the view.
Banff Upper Hot Springs
We were surprised to learn that Banff Upper Hot Springs is open late until 11PM, so we decided to catch the sunset to avoid the daytime crowds. Though the Springs was a bit more like a giant hot tub than a natural experience, it was nice to soak and unwind after a long day of hiking.
What can I say about Lake Louise? She truly took my breath away. We created our own route among the trails and cut from the Plain of the Six Glaciers path to Mirror Lake, which also took my breath away - literally. Even with numb legs and a struggle to catch my breath, hiking up the side of the mountain with snowcapped peaks on one side and Louise on the other was well worth the trek.
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