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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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: 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]