When the federal government announced free admission to all national parks in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, Hubby and I eagerly ordered our pass.
Unfortunately, due to many circumstances beyond our control, we couldn’t visit any parks last spring and summer. When Hubby got an unexpected week of vacation right before Thanksgiving, we decided to head to Alberta, with stops at as many scenic spots along the way as possible. I posted a request for suggestions on Facebook, and was soon planning a much-needed getaway.
Pitstop in Sicamous, where Roxy broke her leg a year and a half ago. Luckily she doesn’t remember her tumble from the picnic table.
Having lived in Revelstoke, we’ve often visited Mount Revelstoke National Park, but not for many years, and I was excited to go back.
Mount Begbie, the Columbia River and city of Revelstoke from a viewpoint along the Meadows in the Sky Parkway.
Upon arriving at the upper parking lot, we found out because of grizzly bear activity at the summit, we’d have to take a shuttlebus the rest of the way. A bus had left just as we pulled up, and by the time it returned, we’d only have about fifteen minutes at the summit, so we decided not to wait. Total disappointment.
Revelstoke and the Columbia River from a viewpoint on the way down.
Gorgeous sights through Rogers Pass.
We overnighted in Golden, and Roxy was happy to get comfy.
Our first stop, the next morning, was at the Natural Bridge, west of Field, BC, as suggested by our youngest son. Natural Bridge is a rock formation over the Kicking Horse River in Yoho National Park. Simply fascinating, and such incredible colour.
Emerald Lake, another beautiful setting near Field.
Majestic Rocky Mountains in Yoho National Park.
I’ve never been to Lake Louise, despite it being ‘right in my backyard’ most of my life. My younger brother suggested we stop there, and I’m glad we did.
Mount Victoria Glacier reflected in Lake Louise.
Mount Victoria Glacier
Mount Whyte, Big Beehive, Lake Louise.
Chateau Lake Louise
Roxy, taking in the beauty of Lake Louise.
Our eldest son suggested the short hike up to Fairview Lookout. Less than two kilometers, it’s basically straight up and I actually needed breaks along the way.
The stunning views from the lookout were so worth the effort and quickly reenergized me.
Chateau Lake Louise from Fairview Lookout.
Canoes, floating through the sky.
I took the time to enjoy my surroundings on the much easier hike down.
I’ll be back next week with more scenic stops, including Banff, Bow Falls and Hoodoos. I love hoodoos!