Bigger IS Better, Eh!

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 | 8 comments

Bigger IS Better, Eh!

OK, so I know what I said about Yosemite, and I know what I said about Yellowstone, and I know what I said about Glacier. Forget it all! None of them can really compare to the unparalleled size and beauty of the Canadian Rockies, specifically Banff National Park and Jasper National Park.

I spent most of my time in the towns of Banff and Lake Louise. Banff is a trendy town about an hour west of Calgary, Alberta. Why is it called Banff? It comes from Banffshire, Scotland, the birthplace of one of the major financiers of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Lake Louise (named after the daughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta) is about another hour up the Trans-Canada Highway. Downtown Banff is full of energy, while Lake Louise is more tranquil and serene. Both have absolutely stunning scenery in every direction. Both are on my “Top Ten” list. From Lake Louise, I took the Icefields Parkway up to Jasper National Park and the Columbia Icefield. It is considered one of the most scenic drives in the entire world. I agree!

While in the area, I highly recommend the following campgrounds: Bow RiversEdge Campground, Two Jack Lakeside Campground, and Lake Louise Campground.

In the few days I had to visit, I didn’t make it to the National Parks of Yoho, Kootenay, and Waterton Lakes. I will just have to see those when I return to the Canadian Rockies. Sometime. With someone special.

Now, a little to the right
Now, a little to the right
Bow River Hoodoos
Bow River Hoodoos
Downtown Banff
Downtown Banff
Bow River
Bow River
Canoes in Lake Louise
Canoes in Lake Louise
Chateau Lake Louise
Chateau Lake Louise
Some of the “Ten Peaks” at Moraine Lake
Some of the “Ten Peaks” at Moraine Lake
Moraine Lake
Moraine Lake
Some of the “Ten Peaks” at Moraine Lake
Some of the “Ten Peaks” at Moraine Lake
Stones of Lake Louise
Stones of Lake Louise
Lake Louise
Lake Louise
Bow Summit
Bow Summit
Peyto Lake
Peyto Lake
Waterfowl Lakes
Waterfowl Lakes
Moose in Waterfowl Lakes
Moose in Waterfowl Lakes
Columbia Icefield
Columbia Icefield
Columbia Icefield
Columbia Icefield
Sunwapta River Along Icefields Parkway
Sunwapta River Along Icefields Parkway
Downtown Lake Louise
Downtown Lake Louise
Kayaking Two Jack Lake
Kayaking Two Jack Lake
Silvertip Golf Resort in Canmore
Silvertip Golf Resort in Canmore
  • Chrissy

    Gorgeous photos! I want to go! No need to research vacations online anymore…just stop by whereiskylenow and take a look at where you’ve been and your recommendations. When is your travel book coming out again? and ps — remind me again what kind of camera you have? I know you told me but I can’t remember.

  • Aunt Chris

    Yes!!! Great photos Kyle!! I would also like to know what kind of camera you are using to take these breathtaking photos. Jake is wondering when you will be back for another plane ride.

  • Kyle Bolstad

    Thanks! My camera isn’t anything incredibly fancy — Panasonic DMC-TZ5. I love it!

  • Bow RiversEdge

    Thanks for the mention. Good luck on your travels.

    Chris

  • Brewster Inc.

    Great photos & post about Banff National Park. Glad to see you had an amazing time here. Now that Banff & Lake Louise are ‘checked off’ definitely make sure to check out the other 3 parks you mentioned. They are breathtaking, especially Waterton. Happy travels!

  • Akbar Chisti

    Dude,

    I want to set that Peyto lake as my computer background!

    Awesome site, lets golf if you come to OR.

    Akbar

  • Jimburwell

    Kyle,

    I dream to have an Airstream one day. Tell me, where did you install your solar panel? Topside? Or portable-setting it out once settled in?

    Jim Burwell, Houston, Tx

    • whereiskylenow

      Jim, I had it installed permanently on top of the roof.