Week 17: Banff National Park, Alberta

The final ‘destination’ for the trip was Banff National Park in Alberta. We spent two nights at a campground at Lake Louise, and two nights at a campground in the town of Banff. Both campgrounds were huge and unremarkable, but well located.

The park is crowded and parking difficult, so the E-bike was very useful. I did a bike ride to Lake Louise, which I think is overrated, and to Lake Moraine, which I found amazing.

We also had cocktails at the iconic Fairmont Hotel in Banff. Expensive of course, but excellent. The coffee bean infused Negroni was exceptional.

Overall I liked Jasper a lot better than Banff, but Banff is certainly very picturesque. But it is also more touristy and Epcot center-like.

Hikes in the Banff region included the Parker Ridge Trail, (one of my favorite hikes in Canada), the Bow Glacier Falls Trail, and the C-Level Cirque hike. All are highly recommended.

The full set of photos for the week is here. There are probably too many photos for this week, but Banff is very photogenic.

After Banff we had two smokey days of driving to get Christine to Spokane to fly to New Orleans, after which I had three long driving days to Navarro California for the “Camp Deep End” music festival.

View from Parker Ridge Trail
Bow Lake Trail
Outside the Fairmont in Banff
View from the top of the C-Level Cirque Trail
Lake Moraine

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