23 December 2014

Driving Across Canada: Alberta's Rocky Mountains

Lake's Edge
Reflections
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Lake Louise View
Fall Sun
Downtown Banff
En Route
Johnston Canyon
The Rockies
It was the driving passage we had been waiting for our entire trip: the Rocky Mountains. As much as we enjoyed driving though Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, we had high expectations of the Alberta's Rockies. And they did not disappoint.

We monitored the weather forecast daily as we approached the mountains. It had already snowed a few weeks prior in nearby Calgary, and we were a bit concerned we would have to tackle the steep mountain passes with our balding summer tires. But we were lucky with the weather once again! Sun and double digits- perfect road trip weather. 

Even though I have passed through the area before and we had both seen many photos of the mountains, we were completely blown away. The towns were charming, the mountains were impressive and the water was the most beautiful turquoise blue. 

We checked out Canmore and Banff, walked around Lake Louise and hiked through Johnston Canyon.  Our jaws were dropped pretty much the entire time (not the most attractive look, but a common side-effect of the region). 

And now that the Rockies are just a 4-5 hour drive away from where we live, we can't wait to go back and explore!

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