When I planned a trip to the national parks of Alberta and British Columbia, in Canada, I was expecting scenic views and awesome hiking trails. But regardless of my expectations, what I found was… Beyond words. So many miles of flawless landscape that seemed barely real. The deep notion of being in intimate contact with nature, by the silent sound of forests, the soothing noise of waterfalls, the chilly breeze from glaciers or the sweet scent of pine-trees. As I moved forward, I let go of expectations and simply enjoyed the wonders of each day.
It’s true that not two experiences are the same, but in the next four articles I share with you 8 days of my favorite hikes in the region. Maybe they can be the starting point for your own Canadian Rockies adventure 😉
Yoho National Park
- Trail: High Rockies Trail
- Lenght: 14 km
- Time: 3 hours
This trail goes mostly through a pine-tree forest, so we were surrounded by the warm scent of pines, occasionally flushed by the cool air from the snowy mountains around. The trail ends in a scenic lake and the way back follows the brook back to the starting point.
Banff National Park
- Trail: Lake Louise, Mirror lake, lake Agnes and six Glaciers trail
- Lenght: 14,5 km
- Time: 4 hours
Scenic views along the whole way. The trail starts at lake Louise, goes up hill to Mirror lake and then to lake Agnes, where a tea house is waiting for us just in time for lunch 🙂 By then the air starts to get chilly and snow starts to show consistently in the rocks along the path, as we head to the plain of six Glaciers. The scenic snowy landscapes, and the breathtaking view of Lake Louise from afar makes this hike gorgeous until the very last mile.