Western Canada: The Town of Banff

Continued from Johnston Canyon

Note: Our trip to Western Canada was taken in May 2008.

Taking the gentle, narrow 1A out of Banff National Park, we headed to Banff, the biggest town in these parts (shy of sprawling Calgary).

Banff itself is preternaturally clean, touristy, and watched over by a few incredible peaks that rivaled any we’d seen before.   [Read more…]

Western Canada: Johnston Canyon

Continued from Oh, Yoho

At popular Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park, we parked and took the 1/2 mile woodland path and catwalk alongside rushing, mineral-green Johnston Creek to its lower set of waterfalls.  

The Canyon is a big tourist draw in any season, giving us a taste of what high season might be like at every park attraction.  

However, it’s full of people because it’s absolutely worth a visit, as it has the most easily accessible falls in Banff National Park; it requires no one to helicopter in to rescue you.   [Read more…]

Western Canada: Oh, Yoho

Continued from The Road To Golden

Note:  Our trip to Canada was taken in May 2008

We left our cozy base in Banff’s Lake Louise, drove the length of Kootenay National Park, took The Road to Golden, and headed back up through British Columbia’s small and stunning Yoho National Park.  

Darn good set of choices.

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Western Canada: The Road to Golden

Continued from Through Kootenay to Radium Hot Springs

Note:  Our trip to Canada was taken in May 2008

After exploring the length of Kootenay National Park in British Columbia, we decided to drive from the village of Radium to Yoho National Park.

This hour-long stretch of the 95, known as The Road to Golden, proved to be one of our favorite places in the Canadian Rockies — and it’s not even part of a national park.

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Western Canada: Through Kootenay to Radium Hot Springs

Continued from
The Almost-Road to Jasper – Part 2

Note:  Our trip to Canada was taken in May 2008.

Most Canadians know about Kootenay National Park in British Columbia, but it’s not a huge draw for tourists from elsewhere.  With fewer crowds, though, there are more opportunities to find your own little corners of nature.

Your reward for making it all the way along its hour-and-change length is a soak in a naturally-heated hot springs straight out of (a gentler version of) the Eastern Bloc.

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