Western Canada Trip: Calgary, Alberta (Pt.9)

This is my final post of the Western Canada series, and what better way to end it than with Calgary, Alberta.

The city isn’t as bustling as Toronto, but the energy is still vibrant. Flames signage is everywhere, and even the flight attendants sported the red and black colours. Most of the locals seemed friendly, and I (really) enjoyed the shopping! It was a bit unfortunate, I had a really bad cold near the end of my trip, but I stayed up past 1 a.m. Toronto time (because I never really adjusted throughout the trip),  and I made two trips to the Calgary Tower lookout. The photos from the evening came out the best.

As a final note: I had an amazing time out west. I am so blessed to have gone, with the help of family and friends. I reacquainted with fam, found some necessary “Emily time” and wore out my camera for a good month! Vancouver, Whistler, Bow Valley, Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise to Calgary: what an amazing 15 days.

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Western Canada Trip: Johnston Canyon, Alberta (Pt.8)

Before heading to Calgary, Alberta (post to come), my last stop was Johnston Canyon. The trail to the waterfalls took me about 30 minutes, but keep in mind, it was still frozen over and the walk was quite icy and slippery.

The conditions didn’t stop tourists, it was pretty busy. Most of the Banff resort-goers head to the waterfalls. According to Banff’s official website, “The trail to the waterfalls of Johnston Canyon has to be the busiest in the Canadian Rockies. Nearly every day throughout the summer, hundreds of hikers follow its canyon-clinging catwalks and cliff-mounting staircases to the gorge’s Lower and Upper Falls.”

It’s advisable to do the hike during the early morning or evening hours to avoid the rush of people.

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Did I mention I saw mountain goat while doing the drive to Johnston Canyon. I was SUPER happy about this.

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Western Canada Trip: Spray, Two Jack, Minnewanka (Pt.7)

It’s a good idea to plan your time properly if you’re sightseeing with a limited schedule  – and for me, I divided my trip. Day one was spent in the big ski areas, like Banff and Lake Louise, and later in the week, I had a “LAKE ONLY” day. My stops included Spray Lake, Two Jack lakeside and Lake Minnewanka in Alberta.

Touring these three stops actually took a good chunk of my day. But they are beautiful. Bring a wide lens. I was a bit of a goof, and didn’t have a prime wide. I only had my GOPRO and my 35 mm. What can I say? I like to pack light!

This is Spray Lake reservoir, including an image from my drive up the mountain. The reservoir is located in Kananaskis County. According to the Atlas of Alberta Lakes, “Until Kananaskis Country was established in the 1970s, the only road up to Spray Lakes Reservoir was a narrow, rough track clinging to the side of Mount Rundle.”

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Western Canada Trip: Bow Valley, Canmore (Pt.6)

A couple of other stops you should make while you’re touring the Canadian Rockies are Bow Valley and Canmore. You’ll find them less lively than a place like Banff, but they are picturesque and provide a great deal of outdoor actives for the adventurer.

Here’s Bow Valley. I hiked a trail for about 40 minutes – it was pretty wooded, and I didn’t get the best views, but there are a number of trails (difficulties vary) depending on how much time you have.

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Western Canada Trip: Lake Louise, Alberta (Pt. 5)

It’s been a few weeks since I posted, but some good news – I’ve just started a new job at another Toronto radio station. And, trust me, I’ve been keeping busy! But I still have so many photos to share from my Western Canada trip. For entry five, I’ll show you some shots from Lake Louise in Alberta, about 30 minutes northwest of Banff.

Lake Louise is magnificent, even frozen over – although, I was a bit disappointed I couldn’t see the complete mirrored mountains on the water. It’s also home to one of North America’s largest ski/snowboard resorts, Ski Lake Louise.

If you’re planning to stop by there, head to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. A quick walk behind the hotel, you’ll find a perfect chance to get a good photo.

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