After almost 3 days on a coach from Montreal, I finally reached Banff National Park. That very night when I reached Banff National Park, it was -25 deg Celsius. Because it is midnight and with windchill, it certainly felt like -31 deg Celsius.
When I woke up the next morning and getting all excited to explore, I’m awed by how majestic and magnificent the Rockies really look. The vast landscape with the Rockies are just stunning. (I still think stunning might be an understatement.) You might not heard of Banff National Park, but I’m sure you have seen it. Still don’t think so? Have a look at your desktop wallpaper, there, you will see Lake Louise.
This place is definitely one of my best decision and destination I’ve ever been. I’ve never been much of a nature person. But this place really capture my heart. FULLY.
Also, Do You Know?
Banff National Park is the third national park in the world!
SO with so much love for this place, here’s my 5 Must Do-Visit Recommendation if you are visiting Banff National Park.
(And because I dont ski and snowboard, hence they are not on my list. 🙂
- Dog Sled at CanmoreWhat can I say about my favourite of my entire trip? If you are on my Facebook, you would have seen my dog sled video. Having 8 huskies pulling the sled you are on, is so fun fun FUN!So if you intend to do this trip, just remember to pay attention to the technical aspects of the trip. You might be required to drive your own dog sled crew. The cost is about CAD $160 and the duration is about 1.5 hours. This is a winter sport. Make sure you do wear warm clothing. Even with my thick winter clothing and winter boots, my fingers and feet still went numb.But seriously, irregardless of the pain, this is definitely a MUST DO.
- Lake LouiseLike I have mentioned earlier, you would have most likely seen this lake on your desktop.
It’s such an icon! A trip to Lake Louise is definitely a must, whether it’s frozen or not.During winter time, if you do Ice-Skate, you can rent a pair of ice-skating shoes from Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel and ice-skate on the frozen lake.If you do not wish to walk, you could also take the horse sled to have a good tour around of the whole lake. It cost about CAD $35.
- Johnston CanyonThis is one beautiful place. There is a lower fall and a upper fall.
Surprising enough, This place is named after a Crook, Mr Johnston.
Come to think of it, he must be the most honorable crook to have such a beautiful place named after him.
So this is the story as told by our tour guide:
Mr Johnston went to a bar in town one day. After he had his drinks, he asked for his bill and paid with a nugget of gold. Patrons at the side saw and eagerly asked, “Where did you get that gold?”.
Mr Johnston said “I cant tell you, else you will take all my gold away.”
The patrons then resort to buy him lots of drink and to get Mr Johnston tipsy, so that he could spill the beans of the GOLD.
Mr Johnston finally said, “give me money and I tell you where it is.”
So the boys paid him what he asked for.
Mr Johnston said “It’s at the canyon.” So the very next day, when the sun rises, the boys went to canyon and start digging. They digged for days and weeks. But by then Mr Johnston had ran away. The boys then realized they got cheated. And so they named the Canyon as Johnston Canyon.
My thought: Seriously, just how many crooks on earth could have such a beautiful place named after him?!!
If you decided not to take tour packages and intend to drive your way to the canyon, just make sure you have Ice Cleats with you before you go trek up the trail. (You can rent them in Downtown). The trail can be slippery. The ice cleats definitely make your walk a lot more comfortable and safer.
- Bow Falls and TrailsThis amazing place is just 3 km walk away from Downtown. There is a viewpoint trail where you can head up. When I was there, the trail had actually got a sign in front of it that says CLOSED. I was really disappointed until I saw a guy walking down. AHA! It’s a sign for me that its safe to go up! And so I did. The view is amazing. Not only did I get to see the amazing view of the falls, I also get to see the beautiful picturesque of the river.
- Tunnel MountainAnother must see place is the Tunnel Mountain which is a merely 1.5 km walk away from Downtown. The hike up is about 2 km. It might be alittle hard to head up during winter time, but the view at the top is definitely stunning. You will be able to enjoy the gorgeous view of the whole down town on one side and the bow river on the other side. It just feel so good to be on top of one of the Rockies.P.S. As Banff National Park is a National Park (Obviously), you might see some wild life on your way up. Always respect and give space to wild life. Never feed wild life.
Have you been to Banff National Park? Let me know if I have missed out any must see-do places!