“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.”
-Hans Christian Andersen
Scott and I traveled to Alberta a few months ago, and these are some of my favorite images from the trip. We stayed in Canmore, just on the outskirts of Banff National Park, and found ourselves surrounded by incredible natural beauty. Mountains, fresh air, insane views, and wildlife are plenty here!
We spent our first day in Banff, hiking around Lake Minnewanka, and ended up doing our longest hike to date- 8 hours. We witnessed the most breathtaking sunrise that morning. The next day we decided to take it easy and drive north to see what Jasper National Park had in store- and we weren’t disappointed! The mountains grew larger and more menacing, the roads became icy, and the temps dropped. Soon we found ourselves facing the Athabasca Glacier- something neither of us expected- and we were thoroughly impressed. It was a first for both of us, seeing a glacier in person. I highly recommend it. It’s also interesting (and sad) to see how big the glacier used to be and how the effects of global warming have made it so much smaller. The Columbia Icefield was an impressive remnant of glacier activity.
Our third day we hiked up Johnston Canyon, which boasts several gorgeous waterfalls. It was cold, and rained most of the day, but was totally worth it! Can you spot Scott behind the waterfall? And can you tell I’m obsessed with rocks? One thing Scott and I both agreed on is that we prefer seeing these popular tourist spots in the off-season.
We spent the remainder of our trip driving around the Banff and Kananaskis areas, hiking and looking for wildlife. Although we saw hundreds of signs warning about bears and wolves (we did carry a can of bear spray with us everywhere), we didn’t see any. We did see Rocky Mountain Sheep, mule deer, and lots of different birds.
I really hope these images do it justice. If you’ve ever been to Banff, Jasper, or the surrounding areas, you must know what an awesome sight it is. The menacing mountains that are constantly looming, reminding you of how small you are. The incredible sweeping landscapes of pure, rugged wilderness. If not, I hope these photographs give you some sense of the scale and beauty it has to offer. Alberta is truly one of a kind, and I think it would be a perfect location for an Adventure Session. :)