My family is Canadian, so growing up we visited Alberta, Canada ever summer. It was always a trip that I looked forward to. I loved adventuring with my cousins, and exploring all the Alberta has to offer. As I grew older, I truly began to appreciate all the beauty and vast spaces and amazing national parks that are located so nearby. One of my favorite national parks that we visited on our most recent trip was Banff National Park. We spent a couple days hiking and visiting all of the crystal clear lakes and waterfalls.
Before visiting, I was skeptical of all the photographs on Pinterest of Banff. I assumed that they photos were slightly photoshopped to give the water that piercing teal color. I was so happy to find out that the water was in fact that color in real life! It one of the most amazing things to see in person. After a bit of research, I found that the color of the water is due to the glaciers at the head of the valley. The ice continually grinds away at the rocks which creates silt. Large amounts of the silt stays suspended in the water and gives it the turquoise milky color.
My favorite places we visited in Banff were Johnston Canyon, Lake Moraine, Lake Louise, and Takakkaw Falls. I highly recommend putting these spots on the top of your list of things to see when visiting Banff National Park. It was one of many trips I took this summer, but it was still was one of my all time favorites. I am already planing my trip back!
Have you been to Banff National Park? What were your favorite spots you visited? I am always looking for recommendations of places to go, activities, and good eats. Share them with me in the comments below!