Rockies Roadtrip Part 1- Canmore & Banff

Last week I had to travel to Edson, Alberta for a workshop. I was very excited to get back into the forest (where I belong) but even more so for the opportunity to road trip through Banff and Jasper. The drive from Lethbridge to Edson is about 7.5 hours,  but if you go through the mountains like I did, then it’s 11.  While the drive was long it was worth every minute as I saw some of the most spectacular scenery!

CANMORE

I love Canmore, when I worked at Waymarker Hospitality, they owned the Georgetown Inn (a must see!) and Silver Creek Lodge so I was able to go up there a few times and stay in each hotel.  This town has such a cute downtown area with shopping and art galleries. I walked past a furniture gallery boasting a sign “Dogs Welcome”!

This statue greets you when you come into downtown

This statue greets you when you come into downtown

Fall foilage

Fall foilage

Welcome to Canmore

Welcome to Canmore

Quaint church in a gorgeous location

Quaint church in a gorgeous location

BANFF

I didn’t actually stop n Banff, the few times I have been there the congestion has been annoying. But the drive through was gorgeous!

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Lake Louise

On my road trip must see list was Lake Louise, one of the most iconic Alberta photo sites anywhere.  I was a little sad when I got there to see low cloud cover obscuring part of the view but it was still gorgeous.

Cloud cover kind of wrecked the pic

Cloud cover kind of wrecked the pic

The water was gorgeous!

The water was gorgeous!

Brave canoes on the lake. The wind was COLD!

Brave canoes on the lake. The wind was COLD!

Me in front of Lake Louise

Me in front of Lake Louise

Watch my blog for Part 2- Jasper & Snow!

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  • Pankaj Jyoti Barua October 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Amazing shots….All the places are exquisitely beautiful….The Banff drive through is really spectacular and lake Louise is so calm and serene…Canada is truly endowed with exceptional natural beauty…
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    • Betty LIVIN October 8, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks! It was such an incredible trip! So worth adding 4 hours onto my drive if I had taken the shortest route. Ha ha!

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      • Pankaj Jyoti Barua October 8, 2013 at 3:54 pm

        Just wondering if there is a sequel to this post.. 🙂 I so much want to see more of Canmore and Banff…

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        • Betty LIVIN October 8, 2013 at 4:15 pm

          There is! I have a recap of the Jasper leg of my trip coming tomorrow! No more Canmore or Banff photos though. 🙁

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