Day Trip to Banff National Park
Things are not always going as one planned them in our house. There’s often something that gets in a way of our grand plans for a day trip. It can be a laundry list of things that need to be done in the house or in the garden. Or even making a choice of where to go - Banff? Kananaskis? Or maybe Waterton?
All that happens until you have a guest in your house and you have only one day to show all the beauty of Rockies. All of a the sudden all the plans got super clear and we decided to show her some iconic places in the Banff National Park.
Before we jump into the day trip story, let us introduce you to our "old" Ukrainian friend from Montreal - Anya. She was attending a conference in UofC and we had only one free day in her busy schedule for this trip. She loves nature and a Banff National Park visit was in her bucket list.
Here's what we planned for a day:
- Cascade Ponds
- Johnson Lake
- Two Jack Lake
- Lake Minnewanka
- Town of Banff walk and lunch
- Lake Louise with it's famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and a walk along the lake shore
Plenty of places to visit and we checked them all! We had a hard time narrowing down all the pictures from this day trip. Here's a selection of them.
On our way to Banff National Park, we stopped for a short pitstop at Dead Man's Flats before we got to the Cascade Ponds.
We were lucky and this time Cascade Ponds were full of water.
Anya was having a great time running around and photographing ponds and surroundings.
After a short drive, we found out that Johnson Lake was open for local traffic. We spent some time at the bridge at the lake shore and went further to Two Jack Lake.
The Two Jack Lake has a lot to offer for a photographer. After normal selfies and jumping on the rocks we were just looking at the mountain reflection in water chilling and watching peddle boarders.
Lake Minnewanka was packed with tourist buses and tons of people walking on its shores. After a brief discussion, we decided to take all the pictures from the car while driving by and went to Town of Banff.
Banff has a lot to offer on that day. We walked the streets, looking around, talking, taking in the spring sun and all the beauty surrounding us. We found a great lunch place with an awesome variety of artisan sandwiches and soups.
We stopped briefly at the Fairmont Banff Springs to take a picture and of course a tourist must have - a Town of Banff sign picture.
Our last stop was at Lake Louise. It was a sunny, warm day and the lake was only partially covered in ice (it’s end of May, just for the record lol). The turquoise color of the water was absolutely majestic and attracted a lot of tourists who planted themselves at the entrance to the lake.
We took our time sitting on a deck looking at the lake and ice field, admiring the view and taking pictures. Did I mention that it was a super warm and sunny day? Right. The views of the lake were absolutely gorgeous. We decided to take a short hike along the lake shore and we the blue ice up close. Well, close-ish. We all had tons of fun, photographing every turn of the path.
The day went fast and after a while, we got back to our car, had some hot tea with snacks and got back to Calgary.
It's always fun to visit these places in the Banff National Park, but it's even more fun to share those great moments with your friends.