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Bigger IS Better, Eh!

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 in Airstream, Campgrounds, Featured, National Parks | 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.

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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
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