EXPLORING THE LAKES OF BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Of all the beautiful landscapes, mountains and lakes are my absolute favorite! So, I dedicated a little time to surround myself with the blue alpine waters and towering peaks of the Rockies in Banff National Park. Keep in mind; these pictures do not do them justice...
We flew into Calgary, which is only about an hour and a half drive from the park. See my Calgary Post here (great food and shopping) a few of the outfits I wore around Banff are from a lovely boutique called Adorn! If you have time defiantly stop by and if not, they’re online too!
Banff is a little town in the middle of the national park full of shops, restaurants, a farmers market if you're lucky, and some great local breweries and coffee shops. Definitely a tourist spot, but a nice place to stop by and enjoy some food and drinks. Along the highway at the base of the mountain range, we made our way to Lake Louise and the Fairmont Chateau, Lake Moraine, and Lake Peyto. We created the perfect mixture of class and climbing... and we did it all!
The little slice of heaven that draws so many adventures to the park. This was where we kept it classy. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has the perfect view of the lake and mountains, filled with restaurants and an English Garden that leads you to the Lakeshore. The garden has benches, chairs, and a fire pit for the chilly evenings where you can relax and soak up the splendor of the view (open to the public.) I highly recommend stopping in for an afternoon High Tea! We ate scones, sandwiches, and mini desserts to our hearts content. Pinky up!
At the lake you can canoe, take a leisure stroll or lace up those tennis shoes and work for more breathtaking views...and tea! Lake Louise marks the beginning of the hiking trails for Agnes Tea House, The Beehive, and Plain of Six Glaciers. You could easily spend a full day here to hike and indulge at the Fairmont. Start early! By 9 A.M. the parking lot is full and you'll be dodging crowds for a good view.
The dress is just about sold out, but here is a page of pieces by the same designer. I love their style!
Each lake is it's own icy shade and Moraine is a true and deep crystal blue. This is my personal favorite of mine because it sits in the Valley of Ten Peaks. Yes, 10 peaks! The combination is almost too much. While we were canoeing with the water at my fingertips and the mountains in my view I could have bursted with amazement. It's unbelievable! You can kick off a few challenging hikes here too. We hiked to Eiffel Lake and it starts with a pretty intense incline with about a mile worth of switchbacks. Then you head right into a scene from The Sound of Music. Eiffel Lake itself isn't much to look at but the walk there is worth the work. There's also a little lodge on the lake and if I were going back...it would be a great location and very cozy place to stay!
Okay, this one doesn't look real, even in person. The minerals run down from the mountains that make it a bright and cloudy teal color. The trail leads to a spectacular view, it's not very challenging but there is some incline of course. We kept walking after the main viewing area and broke right off the looped trail. If you have a hammock, bring it! We packed a picnic of cherries, wine and cheese and lounged for hours. . It's really easy to get to too and only about 40 minutes North of Lake Louise.
If you’re thinking of visiting Banff, and you should, I’d be happy to answer any questions that you may have! The hardest part for me in planning was logistics, and while we didn’t get everywhere, hopefully this post helps you map out some of the beautiful places you can see!
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