Only 2 Days in Banff [Photo Essay]
I had really wanted to get out to Banff, Alberta this Summer due to people stressing that it was absolutely necessary. I didn’t think it’d happen and then, on a whim I said “That’s it. I’m going to do it!” I booked a hostel impulsively without having any idea how I was getting there and then I started piecing the puzzle of my adventure to Banff together and within a week I was there for the Canada Day Weekend. This was my first time in the prairies and it was an awesome one. The only regret I have is that I didn’t spend more time there. The little town framed by monstrous mountains was exquisite and I will often find myself referring back to my photos and deeply missing it!
This shot was quickly snapped while on the Greyhound bus from Calgary to Banff. This is pretty much the first time I’ve seen mountains like this, close up and my trigger finger was exhausted from all of the picture shooting.
It was amazing that everywhere you looked there was at least one mountain in front of you. It’s overwhelming and it makes you feel like a tiny speck on the ground. I stayed at the Hi Alpine Center in Banff, they pointed out all of the great photo ops and we even had a friend who worked at the hostel take us out and show us around. This was the first site we see as we set out on the road.
The first destination: Lake Louise. Sure, it looks great in pictures but a camera just cannot capture the absolute pure beauty of this place. The water is unreal. It tends to have a lot of tourists around but even still, it’s very serene and scenic. There are trails around and benches. I’d love to go back when I have more time, take a book and just take in the view!
We continued our drive around the beautiful National Park and kept our eyes peeled for wildlife. Surprisingly we did see some goats and deer as we passed. It’s a complete shock from the City life. We got to Lake Minnewanka, and this had a few less people with just as an amazing view. You’re there looking at it and you think…”This can’t be real. This has to be a painting, or a mural…” I even dipped my foot in to be sure it wasn’t imaginary.
After much driving, we were heading on our way to The Hoodoos when we noticed this gorgeous lake. Naturally we all jumped out of the car and started flashing our cameras like the paparazzi. This sight was phenomenal. It’s hard to believe it’s all in Canada and you really don’t have to go far at all to find stuff like this.
Coming back into town and we’re greeted by this beauty. Hello Mountain! One is at each end of Banff so you have a beautiful view no matter which way you look.
I only had 2 days, and I probably took over 1000 photos. Not nearly enough to satisfy me, therefore I will most definitely be back. It isn’t just the scenery that’s fantastic about Banff though, it’s how preserved everything is, and it should be. It is a National Park after all. Animals roam around as just as free as the people of Banff do and it is a very cool atmosphere to be a part of.