Exploring Banff National Park

August 5-8th, 2019

Glacier Lakes, Wildlife & More

Duration:  5 days, 4 nights
Location: Banff, Alberta, Canada
Miles Traveled: 2,046 
Ever since I saw the beautiful blue of Lake Louise on Pinterest, I have wanted to visit Banff National Park. The summer of 2019 was our opportunity to do just that. From the moment you enter the park, you know you’re in for a unique, once in a lifetime travel experience. 

However, because Banff is so epic, you do have to preplan considerably. Unfortunately, we had no idea how popular Banff was until we decided to start looking for campgrounds in March. We were already a little too late. We had to book a separate night in different spots all around the campgrounds, which meant a lot of unpacking and repacking each and everyday. I highly recommend booking your campground in January when the campgrounds open for reservations if you want one camping spot each night.

  • Sight Seeing 100% 100%
  • Food 70% 70%
  • Transportation 80% 80%
  • Activities 90% 90%
Our dogs, Cookie and Chloe, enjoying the breeze from the docks at Lake Minnewanka.

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More photos of Banff National Park of Canada.

Best Food & Drink

1. Our Campsite

The best eating was found at our campsite. I mean s’mores made out of chocolate chip cookies – yum!

2. The Bear Street Tavern

Delicious gourmet pizza. What was really unique was the dipping sauce with chili powder and honey. Sweet and tangy at the same time. 

3. Saltlik Banff

We ordered appetizers here one day with soups as our lunch. It was good, but the regular menu is pretty pricey.

Day 1

The first day we went to Lake Minnewanka. We were dying to see some of the blue glacier water in person. This was a very popular spot for people picnicking, renting boats and canoes. 

Day 2

The second day we took our bikes down the Banff Legacy Trail. This is a unique bike trail that takes you on a perimeter area of the park. There are certain areas where you cross through the fence over electric pads that keep the wildlife behind the fence. We didn’t see any wildlife but this is a challenging trail, even for our ebikes with lots of steep hills and several pull-offs with great views.

Day 3

On the third day we took the dogs to the Banff dog park. The park is great with lots of room for them to run and play. Then we went shopping in downtown Banff. They have a wide variety of shops from Asian grocery stores to high end clothing to art galleries and everything in between. 

Day 4

On our final day we went up to Lake Louise. The parking was atrocious, but if you have dogs, you can get a closer parking spot! It was still quite a hike, but we made our way up and it was well worth it! The lake is amazingly beautiful.

Icefields Parkway

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