We spent our last weekend in Canada – for now – in Banff. The occasion was originally the Banff Food and Wine Festival, but as it turned out it was also the fabulous weather, hikes, friends and family. That being said, we also enjoyed our share of food and wine!
The drive from Jasper to Banff, through the Canadian Rockies, is one of the most beautiful drives in the world. According to the Icefields Parkway’s own website: “This is more that just traveling a mountain road; it’s a journey of the self and a celebration of protected wilderness grandeur.” I guess I can agree with that!
We stopped a number of times along the way. The first stop was at The Hike of Five Lakes. It is an fun, easy hike that goes by five different lakes all with different colors, beautiful. In the parking lot, we met a German couple who had just bought their vehicle and were on their way South. South as in South America! We exchanged stories and advice and gave them our Spanish textbook, some left over Costa Rican money and wished them a fantastic journey!
Not many people were on the road, so we mostly had it to ourselves. Beautiful, grand, spectacular – What more can one say!?
Our first night back in Alberta after our Alaskan Adventure, was spent in Honey in Jasper. We rolled in fairly late and parked in town by the railroad. Nobody bothered us and we were in great company (Check out the other VW in the back)!
In one day, one can travel between climates and landscapes as different as apples and oranges. We started out in crispy and beautiful Rocky Mountain weather. It had stopped snowing, which allowed us to see our surroundings! Highway I-70 took us West across the mountain range. We had heard that Aspen was nice this time of year, but decided it was too far out of our way to justify the detour.