Scenic alps of the Great White North

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Today I am going to be writing about my experiences travelling through the Canadian Rockies mainly Lake Louise and Banff. Well for starters it was everything I had imagined and more; beautiful natural landscapes of mountains capped with ice, green forests, endless meadows and clear blue lakes that reflect the sky above. If you are the kind of person who loves untouched nature, these places are your go-to. It’s like the swiss alps without any of the touristic attractions in galore. I had one of the most unique moments there right from getting chased by a moose during a group hike(you heard that right) to having a gondola ride overlooking the mountain ranges at 2900ft, to spotting a bear peeking into my garbage dumpster outside the apartment. Never thought that I would be carrying bear spray in my purse every time I go out (big change from carrying makeup spray I tell you!!)

Now I will suggest a few hiking trails you have got to explore in case you visit. My personal favourite is the Lake Agnes teahouse hike which I think is a good start if you haven’t been done any tough hikes in the past. It takes about 3-4 hours and you pass by this gorgeous

The rockies

waterfall (bridal veil falls) on your way to the teahouse where you can bask in the triumph of your hiking victory whilst sipping on some hot tea. Another good hiking trail would be the Mount Fairview which opens you to a mesmerizing 11000ft  view of the mountain ranges. Although I should warn you that this hike is extremely challenging but the bird’s eye view is totally worth it. Also stretching before this hike is very important, I remember crying my eyes out in pain because I hadn’t done my stretching properly before the hike and my calves were stiff and overworked.

Let’s move on to some gorgeous hiking trails in Banff now. Starting out with the easy one, the Johnston Canyon hike which leads you to the hypnotizing view of the Lower and Upper falls. During some parts of the hike you are required to hold the handrails on the canyon so

Happy to see roads after an exhausting yet thrilling hike!!

there’s your adrenaline rush that will probably last you a whole day. The Cory Pass is another hike, considered by many as the most spectacular hikes in banff which is a big steep climb and then a big descend through Mount Edith. It is very important to remember to carry basic necessities such as water and energy snacks. You will have experienced everything after this hike; all sorts of terrains and natural hurdles.

Alright so I’ve mentioned quite a few things to do if you visit the rockies. So pack your bags (don’t forget your camera) and get going!! If you have any questions regarding accommodation

, transport or anything at all, do reach out to me and I will try to answer it to the best of my ability.

12 thoughts on “Scenic alps of the Great White North

    1. gmenon Post author

      Thanks Steph, I am happy that your enjoying the read. You must also love documenting travels I’m sure 🙂

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  1. Poornima Rajasekar

    I don know if I can make it to the Swiss Alps, but this one is definitely on my bucket list after the read! Awesome one!

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    1. gmenon Post author

      Thanks Poornima, If you decide to visit this you wouldn’t want to go to the Alps anymore 🙂

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  2. Hilary T

    Gaia, first off I have always wanted to explore the Canadian Rockies, I’ve flown over them numerous times but never gotten to see them first hand. I had no clue there was a teahouse at the end of the trek though, it must’ve been amazing after a long hike.

    Looking forward to reading more.

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    1. gmenon Post author

      Thanks Hilary,Yea you should definitely check them out when you get the chance:).The teahouse is the main motivation to finish the trek successfully for most people 😀

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  3. Rachel Hall

    Wow, I had no idea that you have done so much travelling! I loved reading your post, and definitely feel like I need to go and see the Alps after reading this blog!

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  4. Ryan Laird

    I’ve been to western Canada but never these places. I love seeing the pictures of these amazing places. Thank you for sharing some of Canada’s most wonderful scenes!

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