Guest Post (Canada)

Hey, Babes! Welcome back to our Guest Posts Series. today our guest travel writer will share about Beautiful Majestic Banff. 欢迎回到我们的客座帖子系列。今天我们的客串旅行作家将分享 美丽雄伟的班夫。

In addition, this article will share us the beauty of Banff, where to stay in Banff and the 10 Lakes of Banff (so excited for this). 此外,本文将与我们分享班夫的美丽,留在班夫和班夫的10个湖泊(对此非常兴奋)。

Guest Travel Writer:  Adam Overby 

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Let Start It : 

 

Beautiful Majestic Banff

If you have never been to Banff Canada you’ve never had your breath taken away.  Truly one of the most beautiful places in North America is Banff Canada.   Banff & the Lake Louise area have some deep heritage & jaw-dropping landscape that captivate millions of visitors every year.  Apart from the Rocky Mountains, Banff is located in Canada’s Alberta province bookended by Mount Rundle & Mount Cascade apart of the Selkirk loop trail.  The landscape of this not so humble resort town draws adventure seeking souls from around the world for year-round escapades, and in the fall they submit their best footage in hopes to be apart of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.  Nestled in the valley of the Canadian Rockies Banff is visited by more RVers than any other city in the world, and if you’re thinking about doing the same next year you should check out this Complete Guide to renting or buying an RV.

Most resort towns only have one draw for their “peak season” before enduring the uneventful and harsh “offseason.”  But Banff is one of those year-round playgrounds offering up activities such as skiing, hiking, camping, rock/ice climbing, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, mountaineering and so much more.  The beauty of Banff is so awe-inspiring it makes anyone’s photos look like a professional photographer.

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Most people associate Banff National Park with the Canadian Rockies, but without the breathtaking turquoise blue glacier runoff alpine lakes that fill the valleys of this mountain range, these photos would just be another ordinary mountain shot. Don’t get me wrong those towering snowcapped peaks would still get my heart racing along with a million others, but it’s the pristine wilderness surrounding those Caribbean blue alpine lakes that give the whole landscape a magical dream-like feel to them.

Lake Louise probably gets the most attention.  While Lake Moraine & Lake Peyto duke it out for the most beautiful, but in reality there are 10 breathtakingly beautiful lakes in the Banff are that you should check out.

10 Lakes of Banff

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  1. Lake Louise ~ is one of the most visited lakes in all of Banff because of its easy access from the Grand Fairmont Chateau Hotel. With its towering mountainous landscape backdrop, and tourists floating around in red canoes atop the “magical” fairy tale turquoise blue inspiring waters. It no wonders this lake attracts millions or that it’s claimed to be on more inspirational travel quote photos than any other lake in the world.   Definitely, a must see if you’re in this part of the world.

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  1. Lake Moraine ~ the second most popular lake in this resort town lays claim to the most beautiful, and in my opinion rightly so. With its cloudy sensational blue waters reflecting the massive natural wonders surrounding this luxurious remote setting, it’s no mystery why Lake Moraine is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.  Lake Moraine is a bucket list view that millions check off their list every year.

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  1. Peyto Lake ~ let’s be honest Canada’s beautiful, but if you need picturesque evidence than I challenge you to lay your eyes on Peyto Lake. Nicknamed Fox Lake for its shape this phenomenal beauty can be photographed from a viewing platform situated at an elevated vantage point.  Allowing you to capture the refracted sunlight from the suspended glacier rock of Canada’s most treasured lake.  If you can only see one lake in the Banff area Peyto Lake won’t disappoint.

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  1. Vermillion Lakes ~ a short walk from downtown Banff the Vermillion lakes gains extra popularity during sunrise and sunset. When views of the sky showcase a dancing fire with shades of orange, purple, yellow and that magnificent pink.  Out of all the lakes in the area, Vermillion Lakes attracts winter photographers from around the globe to capture the elusive “suspended bubbles” shot that only Vermillion Lake provides.  You can’t even get to Banff without seeing this lake so don’t worry you’ll get a photo.

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  1. Lake Minnewanka ~ packs a punch of excitement. Mainly because of its neighbors like Two Jack Lake or Lake Agnes, but the chain of lakes surrounding Lake Minnewanka create an infectious atmosphere that makes you just want to submerge into the activities that Minnewanka provides.  A local’s favorite for its fishing & canoeing opportunities, but a visitor’s favorite for its floating cabins you can rent.  Imagine listening to the wolves howl as you stargaze from the porch of your floating cabin in the middle of Lake Minnewanka in the warmth dead of summer.  You want a bucket list idea?  I think I just gave you one.

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  1. Bow Lake ~ again with a backdrop of magnificent beauty Bow Lake is one of the largest lakes in the Banff area consistently displaying some of the world’s most beautiful pink and orange sunsets. Hike around the lake to take in its pristine beauty, or set up shop on the shore for a one of a kind picnic at the water’s edge.  Bow Lake is a perfect day trip to get away from the crowds and activity of the park.  It may not be bucket list material, but it’s still breathtaking.

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  1. Two Jack Lake ~ off the beaten path and away from the action of Banff, Two Jack Lake affords a visitor to get lost in thought while absorbing its elegant beauty. A favorite destination of local photographers to capture the fog rolling in at sunrise as it engulfs the small island in the middle of the lake.  Its quite peaceful serene atmosphere harnesses the beauty of that area, and if you’re an unlucky individual you might have to share this beauty with one or two other people upon your visit.

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  1. Lake Agnes ~ almost all of the lakes on this list have easy access. I’m talking drive and park or a couple minute walk down a manicured path.  Lake Agnes’s only access point is a steep mile mountainous hike, but worth every breath stealing struggle.  Located on the mountain next to Lake Louise and accompanied by a tea house that serves over 100 variations of teas this hidden little gem should be on everyone’s itinerary.  Sometimes a little effort is required to uncover the beauty of this world.

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  1. Emerald Lake ~ located in Yoho National Park. Emerald lake is out of this world.  With its emerald blue inviting waters sitting 30 minutes away from downtown Banff it’s requirement.  No, it’s a rite of passage to gaze upon the majestic beauty Emerald Lake.   It’s a real-life photoshopped scenery you can touch and feel.  You’ll regret not casting your eyes on this gem while in Banff.

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  1. Lake O’Hara ~ another gem that requires a little effort to gaze upon this treasure is Lake O’Hara. Also located in Yoho National Park so it’s perfect to combine a day trip to both Emerald Lake and Lake O’Hara.  Unfortunately, O’Hara is a bit more inaccessible as it requires a 7-mile hike or a tourist-filled bus to unlock this treasure chest of beauty.  For the extra effort, this requires it wouldn’t be on this list if it wasn’t jaw-droppingly beautiful.  To absorb the most beautiful of this natural wonder stop at the last vehicle turnout before dropping into the valley. Giving you an elevated vantage point to take in this amazing site.

 

*Bonus Maligne Lake*

If you’re in Banff you’re going to Jasper National Park so you might as well check out the pristine glowing blue water picturesque landscape of Maligne Lake.  Easily one of the most photographed locations of all of Jasper National Park is Spirit Island on Maligne Lake.  Requiring a multi-day canoe trip I wouldn’t say a visit to the island is worth it, but to sit on the shoreline and photograph this beauty would be well worth your time and effort.

I’ve lived in a lot of resort towns.  Were the population rapidly increases during their peak season, and becomes an outlook of desperation for things to do during the offseason.  Banff is a year-round breathtaking destination with plenty of things to do outside of its borders. Located next two National Parks, and surrounded by a comparable landscape that free to access there no excuse not to visit the beauty of Banff at least once.  With breathtaking views, endless natural beauty and family-friendly attractions around every turn with easy access for all of its visitor it’s easy to see why Banff, Alberta is on so many bucket lists.  Want to know what I think about ski towns like Banff?

 

 

 

Good Day

Love, Jess

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