One of the best things about being in the travel writing community is meeting people from all over different parts of the world. It’s great to have friends who can show you around the areas where they live and recommend some of the best spots to visit. The Banff National Park area of Canada has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember so, when my friend Sarah (from Solo Mom Takes Flight) invited me to come visit her in Calgary, you can bet I booked my flight and packed my bags just as soon as I got the chance! Thanks to Sarah’s hospitality and phenomenal tour guide skills I was able to see this unbelievably beautiful part of Canada. It far exceeded anything I had dreamed it would be and, I got to see it with a friend, which made the experience all the more wonderful. I know it may sound cliché but I really could not believe what I was seeing. Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake and Emerald Lake (which is about an hour away from Banff in Yoho National Park) are breathtakingly gorgeous. The mountains and crystal blue glacier water are truly magnificent; Mother Nature’s artwork at it’s finest! And then there’s the wildlife… I mean, I’m practically a member of a herd of Elk with as close as I was to them. They weren’t actually fans of uninvited guests though so I kept my distance and enjoyed their presence while hiding behind some trees. I also had the chance to visit Kicking Horse Mountain and meet Boo, the resident Grizzly Bear who makes his home at the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge. It won’t come as a surprise that Boo is also not a fan of unexpected guests. If you ever hear a grizzly bear growl you will quickly find out just how fast you can run; even when they’re in a secure enclosure it’s not a sound you want to hear…. trust me on this! So, here are just a few photos from my trip that will make you say “Oh, Canada!” (and yes I know the national anthem is O, Canada without the “H”) and will definitely make you want to plan a visit there as soon as possible!
Big thanks to Sarah for being such a gracious hostess and amazing guide! Can’t wait to return and explore more of this beautiful Country! Here’s to you!
Susan is a Travel/Lifestyle Writer & Photographer. She’s Mom to four children ranging in age from 11 to 23 and is an avid solo and family traveler. She’s always on the look-out for her next adventure and loves to share each of her journeys along the way!