Banff & Jasper National Parks

With sweeping vistas of the Rocky Mountains in its backyard and commanding views of turquoise lakes fed by nearby glaciers, Alberta is what the Canadian great outdoors is all about. With a plethora of national parks scattered around the southwestern part of the province  there are endless hiking opportunities and great chances of glimpsing wildlife in their natural habitat.

Waterton Lakes National Park

Situated in southwestern Alberta, Waterton Lakes National Park is where the prairies meet the mountains. It is nestled right on the border just north of Montana's Glacier National Park. Together, these two parks formed the first ever International Peace Park  to better preserve and protect the shared ecosystem.

A day in Calgary

I flew down to Calgary with my good friend A and spent the last four days in Banff National Park. We initially booked a campsite at the Two Jack Main Campground, but the forecast was calling for rain overnight and we didn't want to pack up a wet tent in the morning. Plus it was cold. Instead, we headed back to Calgary to spend our final day of our trip out west.

Lake Agnes and Plain of the Six Glaciers

We visited Banff National Park for four days in July 2019. We saved our most ambitious day of hiking for our final day of our trip. Our game plan was to hike to the two teahouses - one at Lake Agnes and the other at the Plain of the Six Glaciers, with a couple of additional side trips along the way.