The Best of Banff15 July 2015
I have to be honest, we didn't do very much research before we left for Banff. Whoops! Usually, I'm nose-deep in guidebooks, blogs and Yelp reviews before I leave for any trip. This time? Not so much. We just packed the car and headed north to Canada, picking up park maps and free guidebooks at visitor centers along the way. Without ample planning, we missed out on a few top sites and experiences in Banff, but we still ended up covering a lot of ground during our 3+ days in the area. For a full Banff itinerary, check out this post.
After taking a thousand photos of my own, we stopped off at Moraine Lake, another recommendation from the ranger. She was so excited just talking about Moraine Lake that I thought it had potential to trump everything we'd already seen. But walking up to it, I wasn't so sure what all the hype was about. I chalked up my disappointment to the possibility that I was still on cloud nine from Lake Louise. After reading about Moraine Lake's Rockpile Trail days later (and just hours before we started our trip home to Seattle), we decided to stop back to see what it was all about.
As for our pillars, we covered all four and then some.
Had we planned better, I would've liked to hike to a teahouse and Tunnel Mountain, take a dip in the hot springs, raft the Kicking Horse River, bike the Legacy Trail, and get on the water at Emerald Lake. Maybe it was because it was the first glacial lake of the trip—I'm not sure—but, to me, something about Emerald Lake made it even more memorable than the others. And I think I'd like to spend a lot more time there.
Next time, we'll do it all. ;)