Banff National Park

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Banff National Park, Alberta

The Great Road Trip of 2015

“In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park and the world’s third. Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world’s premier destination spots.”pc.gc.ca

Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper had been on my “Stuff I Want to do Soon List” for a long, long time…

Banff National Park

The mountains were impressively huge, but as I drove north on the Trans Canada Highway (Route 1), it quickly become clear that I should have done some sort of research before heading in to Banff National Park. With my experience in the US National Park system, I assumed Banff (and Jasper) would be similar, but instead, I found a four lane highway winding through the Bow River Valley as I entered during rush-hour. I was hit with a “Danm, now what?!” moment as I passed exit signs for places I didn’t recognize. When I did finally see a sign with the standard triangle designating a campground, I missed the exit due to a semi truck next to me and a tour bus behind me.

The next sign was “Lake Louise: 60km.” I recognized that!” And I wanted to shoot Moraine Lake. I’d head there, a figure it out…

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