North America

The Canadian Rockies

September has rolled in once again which means back-to-school for the academics out there and for my brother Alex.

My brother’s school is located in Alberta, which is a 2 day drive from Vancouver and therefore required a road trip. Since I know many of my subscribers are international I thought I would use this opportunity to do a few Canada travel blogs and showcase some amazing parts of this country.

Rocky Mountains

To get from British Columbia to Alberta you must pass through the The Rocky Mountains, also known as The Rockies.

The Rockies are the major mountain range in western North America. Stretching more than 3,000 miles, or 4,830 km, they reaching all the way down into the USA.

Rocky Mountains, Canada

Banff Provincial Park

Although the Rockies see hundreds of thousands of visitors each year they are almost all protected by national parks such as Mount Revelstoke, Jasper, Kootenay, Glacier, Waterton Lakes, Yoho and Banff.

While passing through Yoho National Park visitor’s center, I was  chosen as one of  fortunate visitors to receive a time capsule package for their 125th anniversary time capsule. So one lucky person in 100 years time from now will receive a postcard from me!

Rocky Mountains, Canada

Banff National Park

Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park, establish in 1885, it is also Canada’s most popular tourist destination. If you have seen a photo of Canada chances are it came from Banff.

Banff, Canada

Lake Louise

Fed by ice-water runoff from the Victoria Glacier and engulfed by mountains, Lake Louise is a prime example of how pristine the Rockies truly are. Even though thousands of visitors flock here daily you still have a sense of isolation and a connection to the wilderness.

The reason the water is this milky-blue colour is because of the fine sediments called “rock-flour”; powdery rock that has been crushed and ground by the glacier.

Lake Louise, Banff

Banff, Canada

Banff, Canada

Next we headed into town to take a look at the eats, shops and souvenir booths built to supply the needs of the many tourists flocking to this area.

For accommodations there are numerous  hostels, campsites, lodges and fancy alpine hotels to choose from, depending on what your budget it.

Banff Springs Hotel

Banff Springs Hotel:  for those that wish to pay a premium $$$.

Now that we are through the Rockies, it is on towards the prairies and plains of Alberta!

P.S. Want a postcard from Banff/Lake Louise? [http://heynadine.com/postcards]

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7 Comments

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    Nika
    September 11, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Hey Nadine!
    I plan in future to go to Vancouver / Canada. And I was wondering if it would be possible to meet you?

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    Sophia
    November 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Woo Koodos to being a Vancouverite :D

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    moodyak
    November 5, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Next time there’s a Vancouver meet up I plan to attend, so awesome that you’re from here. I need to visit Banff asap

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    broman113
    November 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Just read all the comments and I agree =P i’d LOVE to meet you, kinda creepyish since im some 21 year old on the internet =P I live in Burnaby (zone 2) lol

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    Mark
    November 9, 2011 at 9:38 am

    This place is beautiful–definitely on my bucket list–I’m sure plenty of info on the Web but any suggestions would be appreciated—Thanks

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    Alyssa
    March 7, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Hey Nadine! I was just wondering if you have ever been to Prince Edward Island? As an L.M. Montgomery junky, I very much would like to go someday, and I’d like to see what highlights you find there (besides the Avonlea/Green Gables attractions).

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