Sunday, June 17, 2018

Banff & Moraine Lake, Canada

Our yearly trip to Canada typically includes visiting my family in British Columbia and spending time there for a week.

This time though we thought, let's explore Canada! My husband had only been to the Okanagan Valley (where I grew up), Vancouver and Toronto. And myself, I had been to the same plus Calgary, Banff and Lake Louise when I was much younger.

So, after a bit of research we decided on a road trip from Calgary to Banff to Moraine Lake after which we would drive to the Okanagan.

After landing in Calgary, we picked up our Jeep and headed straight to Banff.

What a stunning little town Banff is! I didn't remember much of it as I was quite young when I first went, but when we got there, the sun was shining and the town was bustling.

We stayed at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff National Park surrounded by the Canadian Rockies. This hotel was beautiful, but what was even more beautiful was the view. Our room and balcony looked over the forest and mountains. As you walk out on to the balcony, you smell fresh pine and the coolest and freshest air that I have ever breathed. You can see more of the resort and our trip on my new travel Instagram account here (check out the Instagram Story Highlights).

After dropping our bags off in the room and spending some time enjoying the view from our balcony, we headed to the Banff Gondola. This gondola took us up to Sulphar Mountain where the view included the Bow Valley and six stunning mountain ranges. It was breathtaking.

That evening we headed down to the town center and had dinner and drinks at Boston Pizza (our favorite chain restaurant in Canada!) and then headed back to the hotel.

The next morning, after breakfast at Melissa's Missteak (recommended by our Banff taxi driver), we headed to Moraine Lake. We had originally planned to to go Lake Louise but due to the large number of tourists there, and after a bit of research, we decided that Moraine Lake was a better choice. And it really was.

You have to either be with a tour or be staying at the luxury hotel- Moraine Lake Lodge to get access to this lake. We luckily booked the last available room at Moraine Lake Lodge.

Firstly, the lodge was perfect. Each room had a fireplace, a balcony overlooking Moraine Lake, and was so cozy. There are no TVs and limited wifi (which was actually pretty awesome). As soon as you walk into the room you smell the fireplace and wood - 2 of my favourite smells.

The main lodge with the restaurant, reception and living area overlooked Moraine Lake. The hotel offered a tea time for guests, drinks, cozy blankets, a gorgeous view and of course a fireplace to snuggle up next to.

Once we checked in, we hiked up to a lookout point which had a gorgeous view of Moraine Lake and the valley.

We spent the day walking around the lake, enjoying tea time followed by drinks and dinner in the evening. The night ended with us sitting by the fireplace in our room, sipping on wine and enjoying the view outside (by the way, the sun doesn't set until 11pm- and this is in the middle of June!).

I have to say, out of all of the places that we have visited Moraine Lake is one of the most beautiful. From the stunning cyan blue lake to the lush green forest and fresh air, I can see myself visiting again to enjoy the hiking, canoeing and relaxing atmosphere. You can find more highlights of my trip on my new travel account on Instagram here (check out the Instagram Story highlights).

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