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Planning A Summer Road Trip in the Canadian Rockies

Planning A Summer Road Trip in the Canadian Rockies
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“Hey Guys! We just finished a road trip in Country X and it was the best drive of our travels so far”

 

I’m sure you’ve read this line umpteen times in our posts over the past couple of years. It’s no secret that we love road trips, but it so happens that every once in a while, we go on a gorgeous road trip that knocks our socks off. Amongst the dozens of road trips we’ve been on, our most scenic experiences have included our road trip through Bavaria, our drive through Iceland, and the few weeks spent driving though New Zealand. Our epic road trip to Leh Ladakh was definitely THE most scenic of the lot.

 

That is till we found ourselves in the Canadian Rockies! You’ve probably guessed by now what’s coming next. Yes, you’re right! Our road trip in Canada has been the impressive drive of our life. YET. That’s sure to change in the future as we discover more of this crazy world 🙂

 

This road trip wasn’t even part of our grand North and Central America plan to begin with! It so happened that our Alaska cruise ended in Vancouver, and some of our friends showed us a picture of a turquoise lake nestled in the mountains. Water so turquoise that it prompted me to say “definitely photoshopped”. We were so intrigued by this image that we read more and more about Banff and Jasper national parks and decided, on a whim, to take a week long detour to the gorgeous province of Alberta. Well, it turns out, the photo of the lake wasn’t photoshopped. This is what we saw a few days ago:

 

Lake Moraine Banff National Park

Stunning landscapes all around!

 

Glacier hopping in Canada :)

Glacier hopping in Canada 🙂

 

Now after looking at these photos, can you blame us for getting tempted to plan this short road trip to the Canadian Rockies? And you know what, we must have seen hundreds of such picturesque sights throughout our week long sojourn in the Rockies! Now that we are all set to say goodbye to the pristine beauty of this region, we thought we’d take you on a visual treat through Banff and Jasper national parks, and truth be told, relive our magical week there too 🙂

 

Planning a Road Trip in the Canadian Rockies

Winter affords a variety of magical activities including snowshoeing, skiing, sleigh rides but summer is when the bears wake up and elks come out to play. There are a number of activities – hiking, canoeing, fishing, and boating on offer. Roads, alleys, even highways are laden with flowers – pristine daisies, colourful flowers, and Alberta’s characteristic wild roses. Moreover the lakes, being glacially fed, acquire their distinctive blue colour only in June when they are full. Soaring cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and azure blue skies all melt to make perfect frames. Trust us, you can’t make this up. Don’t believe us? Here you go:

 

The stunning Peyto Lake at Banff National Park

The stunning Peyto Lake at Banff National Park

 

Beautiful waterfalls in Banff and Jasper national parks

Johnston Canyon – beautiful waterfalls in Banff and Jasper national parks

 

lake in Jasper national park Canada

All shades of blue 🙂

 

driving icefields parkway Banff to Jasper

Gorgeous drives!

 

Here’s our suggested 1 week itinerary (easily customisable to 10 days) for a road trip in Alberta Canada. Of course you could spend weeks exploring this gorgeous corner of our planet, but a week offers a perfect introduction to the area without breaking the bank 😉

 

Quick Top tips for a road trip in the Canadian Rockies

  1. Stock up on non-perishable snacks in Calgary. Supermarkets can get quite expensive in Banff and Jasper and are hard to find
  2. You will want to stop every 10 minutes because the scenery wows. Factor that into driving times
  3. If your nationality is allowed to, apply for ETA Canada online. If your nationality is not applied to online, make sure you get your visa stamped in your passport.
  4. Book accommodation WAY in advance, especially if you’re travelling during summer months
  5. Buy passes online to prevent wasting time at the entry gates
  6. There are lots of cable car rides in the area. If you want to go on one gondola ride, make it the Jasper Sky Tram
  7. If you want to choose just one hike, make it Peyto Lake
  8. Don’t pay for a wildlife tour – bear sightings are common in both national parks. We spotted plenty of bears on the day we drove the Icefields Parkway.
  9. Day 5, Day 5, Day 5 🙂

 

Day 1 Fly to Calgary and pick your rental car

The most logical place to start a road trip to Banff and Jasper is Calgary. It’s well connected domestically and internationally and is only a short 2 hour drive from the fairytale town of Banff.

 

We picked up our rental car at Calgary airport. We can’t stress enough on the need for a car when exploring this region. There are plenty of tour agencies who ferry tourists to majors attractions, but trust us when we say, you’ll be missing out on a WHOLE lot if you don’t drive yourself through the Canadian Rockies. We rented our car with Hertz – make sure you book in advance if travelling during the summers!

 

The night was spent at a hotel nearby, all set for an early morning start. I stayed put at the hotel but Vid did nip out for a sunset shot or two under the ruse of “wanting to get comfortable behind the wheel of a new car” (these photographers, I tell you :-)):

 

Calgary downtown view from nose hill park vantage

Calgary as seen from Nose Hill Park

 

Stay: We stayed overnight at Clique Airport Hotel when we got to Calgary. Just like with Banff and Jasper, hotels were booked out in Calgary. We finally booked our accommodation via HotelTravel and managed to secure a great price for our two nights in Calgary on short notice. On comparing the prices and availability with other sites, we realised that HotelTravel offered the best prices by a margin. We got an additional 10% discount using the discount code HTPASSPORT (and so can you!). As for Clique hotel, it is a great option close to the airport – it’s affordable, modern and clean. It also offers free parking for guests – perfect if you’re renting a car. However you might want to consider another hotel if you intend on exploring the city of Calgary.

 

Canada-road-trip-itinerary-4

Loved the modern and well-equipped rooms at Clique but missed

 

Days 2-4 Explore Banff National Park

We started early to drive to Banff National Park. The drive is gorgeous but the real fun begins on getting to Banff. 3 nights are enough to explore Banff National Park. You need to purchase a park pass (CAD 9.8/day) to enter the national parks. Once that’s done, many of the attractions, public toilets, and parking are free.

 

Here are some of our favourite and not-so-favourite things to do in the area:

  • Lake Moraine : Let this be the first thing you see in the area. Lake moraine’s sparkling turquoise waters will seduce you within seconds
  • Lake Louise and Gondola Ride: It’s easy to combine your visit to Lake Moraine with a gondola ride at Lake Louise. The experience is said to afford incredible views of the area- we are sure it’s stunning in winter but it’s a bit underwhelming in summer. The gondola ride costs CAD35, so we’d suggest skipping it!
  • Short cruise on Lake Minnewaka: It’s impossible to be all laked out in this area – there are dozens of lakes in the national park, each one better than the last. Minnewaka is the largest lake in Banff. Expect incredible mountain scenery, rocky cliffs,  and emerald green waters. If you’re lucky you might spot grizzly bears and bald eagles too! An hour long cruise costs CAD 60 but there are longer wine and cheese cruises if you have an evening to spend in the area. If you’re short on time, you could skip this cruise and opt for one in Jasper instead.
  • Bow Valley Parkway: When driving from Banff to Lake Louise, venture onto Highway 1A, also known as Bow Valley Parkway. It’s a very scenic drive and affords great views of Bow river that meanders through the valley alongside the parkway. There are plenty of gorgeous hikes and trails here.
  • Johnston Canyon: Situated half an hour away from Banff on Bow Valley Parkway, this is a really nice, albeit crowded, hike through a gorge. It’s an easy trail to the Lower Falls, and if you want moderate exercise, make your way to the Upper Falls. We did, and it was fun!
  • Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake scenic loop drive: This stunning drive starts very close to Banff town and loops through Two Jack Lake, Jackson Lake, and Minnewanka Lake. We were told that it’s a great little drive to spot wildlife and it didn’t disappoint! While we didn’t spot any grizzlies, we did spot elks, deer, and lots of birds.
  • Banff Town: Walk through the picturesque town of Banff and soak in the hustle bustle of the area. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to grab lunch here.
  • Take a tour: If you’re in Banff for a longer time, take a tour that suits your interests. You could opt for a helihike to a nearby glacier, go canoeing on Bow River, or go for a horse ride in the area.

 

Stay:  Try to find accommodation in Banff. Fairmont is a great option if you enjoy luxury hotels. But do beware accommodation in Banff is extremely limited and runs out months in advance. We couldn’t get a single hotel room in Banff during the month of August. So we chose the neighbouring town of Canmore as a base and stayed at Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge. Double rooms will set you back by CAD 170/night (not including breakfast). The rooms were spacious and comfortable but not particularly luxurious. However the location was great to get on to the highway to Banff quickly.

 

Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge

Our hotel in Canmore – those views 🙂

 

The two of us at Moraine Lake

The two of us at Moraine Lake

 

Bow Valley Parkway Banff National Park Sunset

A perfect sunset on a drive through Bow Valley Parkway

 

picnic spot Banff National Park

A picnic spot near Two Jack Lake

 

Banff town

Cute little town of Banff

 

Elk under a rainbow in Banff National Park

Gorgeous scenery and wildlife along Lake Minnewanka scenic drive

 

Day 5 – Drive the Icefields Parkway and explore glaciers

For the two of us, this day was definitely the highlight of the entire road trip. If you, like us, are exploring Banff and Jasper on your road trip of the Canadian Rockies, then spend day 5 driving from Banff to Jasper. The route is home to the uber-scenic Mountain roadway called Icefields Parkway. This 230 km road is one of the most scenic roads in the world. You could cover it in 4 hours or so, but that would be criminal as you’d be missing out on so much! Take your time (and LOTS of it) driving this stretch.  Here are a few pit stops you must make along the way:

 

1.Bow Lake

Now there are dozens of lakes in the area and you’ll cross a few as soon as you start driving the ice fields Parkway but resist the temptation to stop- instead save that time for bow lake, which is truly as gorgeous as they come. The glistening waters of the lake are truly spectacular on a sunny day. There are loads of picnic benches next to the lake, so it’s a perfect spot for brunch.

Girl at Bow Lake Alberta Canada

Soaking in the views at Bow Lake

 

2.Peyto Lake

Travelling extensively has spoilt us rotten – these days we seldom find panoramas that knock our socks off but Peyto lake is definitely one of them. A short 10 minute hike takes visitors to a vantage point but don’t stop there. Carry on for another 10 minutes on the main trail and then for another 5 minutes on a small alpine trail that leads to another, much more scenic, view of the lake. It’s so gorgeous, we were transfixed to the spot for the good part of an hour!

Couple Peyto Lake Icefields Parkway

It doesn’t get better than this 🙂

 

3.Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre

For stunning views of the glacier and surrounding valley and some gorgeous photos hop on the Glacier Skywalk (CAD32, 15 minutes) or the Glacier Adventure (CAD65, 80 minutes).Here you can actually walk on the Athabasca Glacier after a short drive in a specially designed monster truck.

 

You can actually drive quite close to the glacier for free. There’s a parking lot which offers decent views of the glacier. However you need to take one of these tours in order to get ON the glacier itself. It’s worth booking tickets in advance as the tours are quite popular during summer months. You could definitely skip the Glacier Skywalk but do try and go on the Glacier Adventure where a monster truck will transport you to the middle of Athabasca Glacier!

 

Crazy truck that can be driven on glacier! This was a first for us!

Crazy truck that can be driven on glacier! This was a first for us!

 

Athabasca Glacier Icefield Discovery Centre

Blue ice at The Athabasca Glacier

 

Athabasca Glacier adventure

Chilling on the Athabasca glacier, surrounded by 2 other glaciers and the Columbia Icelfield 😉

 

And don’t forget that this stretch of the park is home to lots of animals and birds, so drive carefully and be attentive. You never know when a bear or mountain goats spring onto the highway from nowhere. Always keep your eyes on the road as it’s easy to get distracted. We spotted tons of beautiful wildlife on this day.

 

Black bear Banff Jasper National Park

A black bear enjoying berries right on the verge of the road 😀

 

Stay: You’ll undoubtedly be tired at the end of this day, what with all that driving. Make sure you book your accommodation in Jasper at least 6 months in advance as accommodation as Jasper runs out quickly during peak summer months. Fairmont offers great rooms with views to boot. Try to find a hotel in Jasper but if you can’t, we suggest accommodation in nearby Hinton – it offers easy access to the Jasper National Park.

 

Day 6: Explore downtown Jasper and drive to Maligne Lake

Jasper National Park is the largest park in the Canadian Rockies. Banff is prettier while Jasper is more rugged and handsome. Jasper is a charming lil town with a few restaurants, supermarkets, and panoramic views of the Rockies. Spend a lazy morning walking around town after the long drive on Day 5.

 

If you’re up for a bit of a drive then head to Maligne Lake. The sparkling lake is home to a tiny “island” called Spirit island (technically a peninsula but turns into an island when the lake’s water level rises) and it’s easy to spend a couple of hours there. We took a lake cruise at Maligne – it’s a fun tour that lasts 1.5 hours and offers an opportunity to acquaint oneself with little corners of the lake and the spellbinding scenery all around.

 

Rest in the afternoon and set off on an aimless drive to experience some gorgeous panoramas during sunset. Trust us when we say this, you could drive to any part of the park and find yourself in paradise. We went on an aimless drive to Athabasca falls and loved watching the sun set over the gushing walls.

 

Spirit Island on Maligne Lake

Spirit Island on Maligne Lake

 

Athabasa falls Jasper National Park

Athabasca Falls at sunset – love the turquoise hues 🙂

 

Sun-hazed paradise

Sun-hazed paradise

 

Day 7: Jasper’s Skytram and Athabasca Falls

You have a long drive back to Calgary the next day, so it’s best to take it easy. We enjoyed a well-deserved lie-in and lazed around till noon on Day 7 🙂 We boarded the Jasper Skytram in the afternoon, and were pleasantly surprised on getting to the top. The sun was shining bright and there was a nip in the air – perfect weather to relax and enjoy the spectacular view of Jasper town below. An afternoon well spent!

 

Driving in Jasper National Park

What a gorgeous sunset 🙂

 

Admiring the view of Jasper town from above!

The view from at the top of the Jasper Skytram – those lakes on the left are everything!

 

Day 8- Drive back to Calgary

We started early in order to catch sunrise at Sunwapta Falls, an hour’s drive from Jasper. Seeing the ochre sun rising up form the mountains right behind the falls was the perfect start to the day!

We were so glad we started early from Jasper on this day. The first 2-3 hours of the drive were breathtaking. Scenes appeared in front of us as if right out of a painting – empty roads winding through the valley as the rising sun lit the valley in orange hues and clouds hung around low as if hugging the trees. Vid must have taken at least 50 photos in a span of 30 minutes.

Brunch spot for the day was at Waterfowl Lake that offered perfect reflections of the peaks that rose across from us – could not have asked for a better spot to munch on our sandwiches 🙂

There’s so much to see and soak in when driving the Icefields Parkway that one day is just not enough.A lot of people start at Calgary, drive to Banff and Jasper, and then continue on to Edmonton before flying out from there. That’s why we recommend flying in and out of Calgary so that you get to drive this scenic road twice!

 

Stay: We reached Calgary by brunch and spent our last night at Clique Hotel, before flying out of Calgary

 

Sunwapta falls Jasper Sunrise

Sunrise at Sunwapta falls – absolutely gorgeous

 

Icefields parkway Banff to Jasper

Beautiful early morning drive

 

Waterfowl lake

Picture perfect reflections at Waterfowl lake

 

Have sunroof, will stare ;-) Good thing Vid was the one driving

Have sunroof, will stare 😉 Good thing Vid was the one driving

 

Vid enjoying his Hasbean coffee on the shores of Bow lake. Geek Alert :-)

Vid enjoying his Hasbean coffee on the shores of Bow lake. Coffee geek Alert 😉

 

 

Budgeting for this road trip

Expect to spend CAD 2500-2700 for 2 people on a week long road trip in the Canadian Rockies. You will spend approximately CAD200 on fuel, CAD700 on car rental, CAD900 on good mid-range accommodation, CAD500 on food & drink, CAD 150 on national park fees, and CAD200+ on activities and tours. Of course this cost is heavily dependent on the season you travel in, the kind of tours and hotels you choose, and the number of people in your group. It will increase if you dine out a lot or opt for luxury accommodation. It will decrease significantly if you travel in a group and share car rental and accommodation costs. These prices are for a trip taken during peak season in August 2016. Prices in the low season will be significantly lower.

 

There you have it – our itinerary for one of our most favourite road trips so far. Have you driven in the Canadian rockies? We’re sure you loved it as much as we did, yes? 😀

 

*All costs true of August 2016.

 

 

Want to see where all we have driven? Read about all our road trips

 

Lake moraine sunrise Banff National Park

We’d love to return for views like this. Sigh!

 

Who wouldn't want to drive here?

Who wouldn’t want to drive here?

 

 

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105 Comments

  1. Nice post.All these spots are beautiful & gorgeous. Truly picturesque….

    • Thanks a million Anant 🙂

  2. I’d LOVE to do a road trip, this is awesome you really made the trip with this one. Road trips can be awesome, I need one asap! x

    • Thanks – you should definitely plan a road trip, especially to Banff National Park if and when you get a chance 🙂

  3. Your pictures are absolutely breathtaking!!!
    I love road trips so much 🙂

    • Thanks Lubka – Banff and Jasper National Parks are stunning they made our job of capturing them on camera easy 🙂

  4. Fantastic landscapes! Lots of amazing photos, but the deer with the rainbow is extra special.

    • Thanks Galina – I think spotting wildlife made our road trip in the Canadian Rockies uber special 🙂

  5. WOW your pics are SO amazing, super pretty. I’ve never thought of doing a road trip in Canada but I am super in love with these pics! xx

    • Thanks Olivia – we always head to a warm place for a holiday, so Canada wasn’t on our radar till recently. But we’re so glad we went! I hope our post persuades you to make a trip to that corner of the world 🙂

  6. Wow what an absolutely amazing trip – I love the colour of the water and that pic of you on the glacier in the red chair is just awesome. I’m off to follow you on insta now x

    • Thanks a ton Sam – so happy to hear that 🙂 Fun fact – The water of the lakes in the area is THAT blue because of glacial silt and rock flour that accompanies glacial water to the lakes every summer 🙂

  7. OMG Those waterfalls look absolutely INCREDIBLE. Definitely a breath taking trip to pop on my bucket list! xxx

    • Thanks Laura – the waterfalls were amazing but it was the lakes at Banff National Park that stole our hearts 🙂

  8. Oh my goodness those photos are so amazing!!! Some of them don’t even look real they are so crisp and perfect!!

    • Thanks Francesca – being married to a professional travel photographer helps eh 😉

      • Being Canadian, I actually laughed out loud at this comment!

        • Lol Susan – then you’d know those panoramas lend themselves very well to stunning photos 🙂

          • Yes, they do but it was your add “eh” at the end of the sentence – a true giveaway of being in Canada 🙂

  9. I would love a road trip like this. Looks so beautiful . Fantastic photos

    • Thanks a ton Beth – so happy to hear you enjoyed going through the photos 🙂

  10. My friend’s went to Canada for their honeymoon! They said it was the BEST! H x

    • It’s the perfect place for a honeymoon – picture-postcard panoramas at every turn 🙂

  11. I just turned to the screen round to my hubby and went ‘wow’… seriously amazing photos and scenery which is out of this world x

    • Yay – so happy to hear that Rachel – driving around Banff National Park and Jasper National Park was dreamy – we did not want to leave 🙂

  12. Wow I can’t even believe that these images are real, Canada looks out of this world beautiful. I would love to capture the landscapes.

    • Thanks Ana – I’m sure you’d do an amazing job at capturing the landscapes 🙂

  13. Oh my god those views are insane, your photos are incredible. I’d love to go to the Canadian Rockies x

    • Thanks Rhian – we weren’t expecting the Canadian Rockies to be this special because no one ever talks about them, but they’re well and truly special 🙂

  14. Your trip sounded so nice. I love those views of the landscapes. It would be so cool to check out the national parks.

    • Thanks a ton Liz – I’m sure you’ll love driving through the Canadian Rockies 🙂

  15. Now you have confused me to choose between south africa, new zealand or Canada next year ?

    • Hehe that’s a really tough choice Kamakshi – New Zealand and Canada are both STUNNING. Choose NZ if you have 2 weeks or more and Canada if you have a week. South Africa, on the other hand, offers experiences like safaris and sun-hazed beaches which are missing from Canada. If that’s the kind of thing you like, South Africa it is 🙂

  16. We did the same trip 2 months ago and like you mentioned this is by far the best place we’ve been to! The locals say Lake Louise freezes in winter and people go ice skating on the lake! Can’t wait to go back!

    • So glad we aren’t the only ones to feel that way Priyanka 🙂 We’re currently talking about re-visiting the area during winter months

  17. Savi and Vid thanks so much for this amazing guideline to travel. Seems you guys are living the dream life and making the world so jealous but at the same time helping them a lot too :). We just took the Bavarian Alps trip following your basic guidelines for the trip and adding a few more points for ourselves and it was amazing ! I would reallly want to know which camera and lenses is Vid using for these spectacular photos. They blow my mind away !

    • Hey Neha – thanks a million. You must send us photos from your roadtrip to Bavaria at bruisedpassports at gmail dot com. We use a Nikon D610 for all our photos. I use the camera with 4 different lenses – all details in our article on Travel and Photography Essentials http://www.bruisedpassports.com/featured/travel-photography-essentials

  18. We were thinking of making a trip to Banff and Jasper this summer.. But now its confirmed.. We Have To Go..!! Thanks for the super helpful itinerary..I hope mid September is still not too late. I heard the night skies in Jasper are amazing, just cannot wait to see all that beauty ?

    • Hey Sravani – we hear it’s great in September too 🙂 The night skies are truly amazing. Send us photos from your trip to the Canadian Rockies in September

  19. Wow, breathtaking landscapes! Banff has been on my list for a while now, you guys put it right on the top after this post 🙂
    Btw, do you guys have an international driver’s permit? Could you briefly describe the procedure to get the same?
    Thanks a lot!

    • Hey Anu – any driving license works fine, as long as it’s in English. If it’s not in English, you will need to get an international driver’s permit 🙂

  20. The pictures are breathtaking. You guys define Travel goals! Couple goals! GOALS! 🙂

    PS – Canada. 2017. Same time. Thanks to you guys!

    • Damn, thanks a ton for all the love Aaditya. You MUST send us photos from Canada next year – we’d love to share them with our readers 🙂

  21. You give us goals!! So picturesque!

    • Thanks a million Nisha 😀

  22. Breathtaking pictures …Canada is such a beauty

    • Thanks guys -we really enjoyed our time there 🙂

  23. Absolutly breathtaking beautiful photos – wow this look amazing! I would love to do this one day. xx

    • Thanks Anna – we won’t forget this road trip in the Canadian Rockies for a long long time to come 🙂

  24. Wow absolutely stunning pictures! My sister in law has been to Canda many times but only ever in the winter as they go skiing but she always raves about what a beautiful country it is and says she would love to go in the summer one of these days. That lake is stunning, need to add this to my list of things to see

    • The lakes of Banff and Jasper National Parks are definitely the highlight of a visit to the Canadian Rockies 🙂

  25. No I haven’t but your photos are making me want to. What an adventure.

    • You must go if you like nature (and LOTS of it) on your holidays 🙂

  26. Hey guys, thanks for sharing the extremely gorgeous pictures of your trip. It is so surreal to see these pictures on the fone, I can hardly imagine the feel of experiencing it. Your post brought a constant smile on my face throughout. I wish you two many more, happy and enchanting trips for life.

    P.S. I absolutely loved the Bavarian road trip post too.

    P.P.S. sorry for a long comment. Couldnt contain the excitememt.

    • Thanks a million for your comment Surya- we love long comments from our readers, so there’s absolutely no need to apologise. This was a magical roadtrip – aah! 🙂

  27. Sounds like a trio of a life time! We love to visit the Canadian Rockies as a family. It’s so scenic!

    • Thanks a ton – it’s very family-friendly and kids are catered for everywhere. You should definitely visit 🙂

  28. Love the pictures! Husband and I are Canadians and live in Toronto – and Canadian Rockies are definitely on our list but you know how it is when it’s your homeland – you keep pushing it down the list in favour of more exotic, further destinations. After 4 years of traveling to different continents, I think it’s time we see our country :). Maybe next summer….thanks for this post! Definitely reminded me how beautiful Canada is.

    • That’s so true Naima – you should definitely make a trip to see the Canadian Rockies. Do send us photos when you go 🙂

  29. Great recap of your trip to the Canadian Rockies! You’ve covered the best of the attractions. I can never get enough of these lakes and mountains, be it in summer or winter! I’m fortunate to live in Calgary and enjoy these natural wonders. Glad you made it to this side of the world! Safe travels!

    • Thanks Smitha – what a gorgeous place to call home 🙂 Aah

  30. I would love to visit Canada one day, it looks seriously awesome!

    • It’s a gorgeous country Tara – we can’t wait to go back and explore more 🙂

  31. OMG! The views are just amazing! What a place to visit! Stunning, simply stunning!

    • Thanks a ton Agata 🙂

  32. This road trip is on my bucket list. It looks so beautiful.

    • Thanks Dannii 🙂 Hope you make it there soon

  33. This place seems magical and the credit goes to vid’s expertise with the camera !!!! The beauty definitely leaves me spell bound and so are the posts .. They are so well written and put up !!!! Kudos !!!

    • Thanks for appreciating the hard work that goes into maintaining the blog Kushagr. The Canadian Rockies are magical and I had an amazing time capturing them 🙂

  34. Wow I would so love to do this road trip! Hopefully one day x

    • Hey Hannah – hope you make it to the Canadian Rockies soon. I know you’ll love them 🙂

  35. Savi and vid , I have been following you guys for a year now and could not resist my first comment now . Truly you guys are amazing . We are travel junkies and love to travel and this blog has been a fantastic resource in planning our trips . The funny thing is you guys posted the Peru itinerary when we had just booked our flights to Lima , and now I see the Canadian Rockies and we plan to visit end of this month 🙂 I see NZ and Aussie on your blog and we have plans of visiting end of this year ! Its been very close timelines , we missed bumping into you guys . Definitely would love to catch up with you guys if you are anywhere around California .

    • Hey Shruthi – it’s lovely to hear from you. So happy to hear Bruised Passports has helped you plan your trips easily. Yay. You MUST send us photos from the Canadian Rockies with your full name(s), we’d love to share them with our readers 🙂 Hope our paths cross somewhere around the globe super soon

  36. Oh my goodness, your pictures are incredible.. I really REALLY want to visit now!

    • Thanks a ton 🙂 So happy to hear that

  37. OMG wow, seriously the photos are simply amazing, I think you have sold it to everyone that sees this post!

    • Thanks Melanie – so chuffed to see everyone enjoying these photos so so much 🙂

  38. Your photos are incredible! I have to go now!

    • Thanks Jemma – it’s the location working its magic 🙂

  39. These photos are magical and so colorful. I love the mountains and the waterfall. I love this blog because it always takes me on a joinery!

    xoxo, Candice
    http://www.candicenikeia.com

    • Thanks a ton Candice – so happy to hear we’ve been successful in taking you on a journey through the Canadian Rockies with us 🙂

  40. Very Inspiring!

    • Thanks Lalitha 🙂

  41. OMG, Canada looks out-of-the-world stunning! I’ve always wanted to visit Alaska, but never considered a trip to Canada so far. Now I think I should. I can imagine how a road trip here would be.
    Would also love to know about the Alaskan cruise! I love all your cruise posts! 🙂

    • Thanks a million Ramya – yes Canada was stunning 🙂 Alaska posts coming up soon – will publish them this week or next

  42. As always beautiful pictures and well written details:)Savi as always u make all loactions even more special with your boho outfits.Amazing road photos.Moraine and peyto both look so unreal,but it’s amazing that you guys explored so many other beautiful spots even on an unplanned trip . can’t wait to explore all these places.

    • Thanks a ton Ramya 🙂 You’re very generous – we’re a tad compulsive about researching and visiting the prettiest places in the area, so we just had to hit up all these spots 😉

  43. Paradigm shift 😀

    I always thought Canada as a cold and gloomy Place.This is one of your best posts and my favorite ! <3 <3

    • Thanks Shilpa – so happy to hear that. Canada is stunning and I’m glad we changed your mindset about it 🙂

  44. superb click guys:)))) all poster perfect….

    • Thanks Komal 🙂 So happy to hear you enjoyed our photos

  45. Exotic vacation spot

    • Thanks Jaspreet 🙂

  46. Banff is a fairy tale-ish winter wonderland around New Years. Chateau Lake Louise and Fairmont Banff Springs offer the best specials(as best as they can be). the incredible summers move on to be magical winters, hope you can visit it sometime in winters and add this to you winter holiday bucket list 🙂 Love your posts!

    • We’d love to re-visit during winter months Finla- we love cold-weather holidays, so I know we’d like it tons 🙂

  47. I love your blog! The Canadian Rockies is definitely on my list for summer 2017. Is it safe enough to do this road trip solo?

    • Of course Bonita – this route is super safe for a solo traveller, no problem 🙂

  48. Hi lovely pictures. can you tell me what lens you guys are using or what camera lens will be best for landscape photography 🙂

  49. Do you recommend getting insurance when renting a car?
    Love your blog,40% of my bookmark is filled with your posts.

    • Hey Shaila – that’s awesome. Glad you enjoy Bruised Passports so much 🙂 We ALWAYS recommend getting insurance while renting a car. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially while travelling in a foreign country

  50. Stunning shots. When I am a little down, I go through the pictures on your blog and I am all perky <3

    • Aww that’s the sweetest thing we’ve heard all week – thanks a ton for all the love Deepika 🙂

  51. Stunning pictures. The spirit island is surreal! Can’t wait to do a trip there soon.

    • Hope you make it to Canada super soon Aditi 🙂

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