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 😉
Mount Revelstoke National Park
- Trail: Inspiration Woods and Broken Bridge trails
- Lenght: 4 km
- Time: 1 hour
Two short hikes among the lush green forest, in the lower area of Mt Revelstoke National Park.
Glaciers National Park of Canada
- Trail: Balu Trail
- Lenght: 13 km
- Time: 4 hours
I would divide this trail in three key sections. The first one unfolds amidst the green shadows of the pine-trees and musky forest. Then we head to the open, with imposing mountain peaks in the backdrop and lively brooks and falls singing the song of melting snow. The third and last section is the most demanding. As we get a bit more altitude, the path tends to be more heavily covered in snow (sometimes as deep as our waist), and also becomes much steeper towards the end, which makes hiking more difficult and slow. However it is all worth when we get to the top of the hill and are rewarded with a magnificent view of the mountains and valley around.