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Location: Calgary

Day 1 - 1 May 2019

Calgary International Airport

Calgary ,  Calgary International Airport
Calgary ,  Calgary International Airport

Content: This airport is amazing. It looks great, very modern on the inside and the trip through security is perfect. The Marriott inside the terminal is extremely convenient for early morning flights as well. To sum it up, it’s just a really pleasant airport to pass through.

Banff

Calgary , Banff
Calgary , Banff
Calgary , Banff

Content: The drive from Calgary to Banff is a short one but full of changing scenery. There are mountains, fields, and prairies. There are no stops along the way that I’d really recommend – we drove straight through.

Location: Banff

Day 1 - 1 May 2019

Moose Hotel

Banff, Moose Hotel
Banff, Moose Hotel
Banff, Moose Hotel
Banff, Moose Hotel

Content: The Moose Hotel is right in the center of Banff town and is a stylish lodge with 174 rooms. They have accessible rooms and offer one or two bedroom suites for families. Their facilities include rooftop hot pools, a gym, and an onsite Italian restaurant.

The Juniper

Banff, The Juniper
Banff, The Juniper
Banff, The Juniper
Banff, The Juniper

Content: The restaurant has a solid food menu with gluten free options. It’s a good spot for brunch whether you are staying there or not.

Location: Banff

Day 2 - 2 May 2019

Vermillion Lakes

Banff,  Vermillion Lakes
Banff,  Vermillion Lakes
Banff,  Vermillion Lakes

Content: Woke up early and head over to Vermillion Lakes for sunrise. Not only is it a beautiful spot to catch the sunrise, with Mt. Rundle visible across the lake, but it’s a good spot for wildlife viewing, especially early in the morning. Keep an eye out for elk and moose, although the latter is rare.

Sunshine Meadows

Banff, Sunshine Meadows
Banff, Sunshine Meadows
Banff, Sunshine Meadows
Banff, Sunshine Meadows
Banff, Sunshine Meadows

Content: We did riding the gondola up to check out the Continental Divide. There are several great hikes around the area, some of which are short and easy with great views as a reward.

Banff Tea Company

Banff,  Banff Tea Company
Banff,  Banff Tea Company
Banff,  Banff Tea Company

Content: The cream of Earl Grey is a local specialty, and is amazing. We picked up a few bags to bring home.

Bow Falls

Banff,  Bow Falls
Banff,  Bow Falls
Banff,  Bow Falls
Banff,  Bow Falls
Banff,  Bow Falls

Content: We walked over to Bow Falls viewpoint, which is a short, mostly flat stroll out of town that is worth a look.

Park Distillery

Banff, Park Distillery
Banff, Park Distillery
Banff, Park Distillery
Banff, Park Distillery

Content: For dinner, we headed to Park Distillery and enjoyed a cocktail with one of their house-made spirits, and a menu of pub classics with plant-based and gluten free options.

Location: Canmore

Day 3 - 3 May 2019

Sulphur Mountain

Canmore, Sulphur Mountain
Canmore, Sulphur Mountain
Canmore, Sulphur Mountain
Canmore, Sulphur Mountain
Canmore, Sulphur Mountain

Content: We took the Banff Gondola up to the top for sweeping views over the town of Banff and beyond, and then we descended and head back into town.

Location: Banff

Day 3 - 3 May 2019

Lake Minnewanka loop

Banff,  Lake Minnewanka loop
Banff,  Lake Minnewanka loop
Banff,  Lake Minnewanka loop
Banff,  Lake Minnewanka loop
Banff,  Lake Minnewanka loop

Content: Get another early start and drive the Lake Minnewanka loop to do some wildlife spotting. We were lucky enough to see a couple of elk and several bighorn sheep when we did it.

Canmore

Banff, Canmore
Banff, Canmore
Banff, Canmore
Banff, Canmore
Banff, Canmore

Content: Canmore, which is a 15 minute drive from the town of Banff.

Location: Canmore

Day 3 - 3 May 2019

Communitea

Canmore,  Communitea
Canmore,  Communitea
Canmore,  Communitea

Content: We headed over to Communitea for breakfast. They have all sorts of bowls and wraps, with gluten free and vegan options galore.

Surprise Corner

Canmore, Surprise Corner
Canmore, Surprise Corner
Canmore, Surprise Corner
Canmore, Surprise Corner

Content: Next, we hopped in the car and hit the road, heading to Surprise Corner for an incredible view of the river and the Fairmont Hotel

Wild Orchid Bistro

Canmore, Wild Orchid Bistro
Canmore, Wild Orchid Bistro
Canmore, Wild Orchid Bistro
Canmore, Wild Orchid Bistro

Content: Its a 100% gluten free Asian-inspired restaurant with sushi, Asian tapas, and most importantly, gluten free beer and cider.

Location: Canmore

Day 4 - 4 May 2019

Jasper

Canmore, Jasper
Canmore, Jasper
Canmore, Jasper
Canmore, Jasper

Content: The road between Banff and Jasper is called the Icefields Parkway and it is an amazing drive! It is a long one, though, so we had plan on spending most of the day on the road.

Location: Jasper

Day 4 - 4 May 2019

Bow Lake

Jasper, Bow Lake
Jasper, Bow Lake
Jasper, Bow Lake
Jasper, Bow Lake
Jasper, Bow Lake

Content: A beautiful aquamarine lake located in the mountains about 30 minutes from Lake Louise. The waters are so still that the surrounding mountains are reflected in the water.

Peyto Lake Viewpoint

Jasper, Peyto Lake Viewpoint
Jasper, Peyto Lake Viewpoint
Jasper, Peyto Lake Viewpoint
Jasper, Peyto Lake Viewpoint

Content: It can get really busy here, so make sure you arrive either early morning or late evening to avoid the crowds.

Athabasca Falls

Jasper, Athabasca Falls
Jasper, Athabasca Falls
Jasper, Athabasca Falls
Jasper, Athabasca Falls
Jasper, Athabasca Falls

Content: Fed by the Columbia Icefields, Athabasca Falls is the most powerful waterfall in the Canada

Pyramid Lake Resort

Jasper, Pyramid Lake Resort
Jasper, Pyramid Lake Resort
Jasper, Pyramid Lake Resort

Content: Located just outside town at Pyramid Lake, this is the perfect place to base yourself if you’re looking for a quiet, comfortable place to stay with access to a private beach and the ability to walk to Pyramid Island. It’s only about ten minutes into Jasper, so it’s not like you’ll be in the middle of nowhere.

Location: Jasper

Day 5 - 5 May 2019

Jasper National Park

Jasper, Jasper National Park
Jasper, Jasper National Park
Jasper, Jasper National Park
Jasper, Jasper National Park
Jasper, Jasper National Park
Jasper, Jasper National Park

Content: There are 1200km of trails that run throughout Jasper National Park and horseback riding is a great way to explore them, especially if traveling with kids.

Edith Cavell Meadows

Jasper, Edith Cavell Meadows
Jasper, Edith Cavell Meadows
Jasper, Edith Cavell Meadows
Jasper, Edith Cavell Meadows

Content: Next, we headed up to Edith Cavell Meadows and completed the 8.5 km circuit. The trailhead was about 45 minutes outside of the town of Jasper

Jasper SkyTram

Jasper, Jasper SkyTram
Jasper, Jasper SkyTram
Jasper, Jasper SkyTram
Jasper, Jasper SkyTram
Jasper, Jasper SkyTram
Jasper, Jasper SkyTram

Content: It is a 7 minute journey to the top of the highest SkyTram in Canada, but the views that you will see will blow you away.

Maligne Lake

Jasper, Maligne Lake
Jasper, Maligne Lake
Jasper, Maligne Lake
Jasper, Maligne Lake
Jasper, Maligne Lake

Content: Maligne Lake at sunset, which is a great place to spot wildlife, like moose!

Location: Jasper

Day 6 - 6 May 2019

Lake Louise

Jasper, Lake Louise
Jasper, Lake Louise
Jasper, Lake Louise
Jasper, Lake Louise

Content: Back on the Icefields Parkway to head to our final, stunning stop on the Banff and Jasper.

Location: Lake Louise

Day 6 - 6 May 2019

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

	Lake Louise, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
	Lake Louise, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
	Lake Louise, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Content: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is iconic with its palace-like exterior, it is also the only hotel built on the edge of the lake.

Fairmont to Alpine Social

	Lake Louise, Fairmont to Alpine Social
	Lake Louise, Fairmont to Alpine Social
	Lake Louise, Fairmont to Alpine Social

Content: For dinner, we headed to the Fairmont to Alpine Social for a nice meal – more relaxed than some of the other restaurants in the hotel – with a few gluten free options.

Location: Lake Louise

Day 7 - 7 May 2019

Moraine Lake

	Lake Louise, Moraine Lake
	Lake Louise, Moraine Lake
	Lake Louise, Moraine Lake
	Lake Louise, Moraine Lake

Content: We woke up, grabbed our stuff, put on a few layers, made a cup of coffee to go, and head to Moraine Lake to watch one of the most spectacular sunrises.

Location: Lake Louise

Day 7 - 7 May 2019

Sentinel Pass

Lake Louise, Sentinel Pass
Lake Louise, Sentinel Pass
Lake Louise, Sentinel Pass
Lake Louise, Sentinel Pass

Content: It’s a 10 mile hike with plenty of climbing. We climbed through the larches, emerge into a valley surrounded by rocky peaks, and make the final ascent up to Sentinel Pass,

Baker Creek Bistro

Lake Louise, Baker Creek Bistro
Lake Louise, Baker Creek Bistro
Lake Louise, Baker Creek Bistro

Content: A lovely little rustic dining room that did a remarkable job dealing with Celiac Disease. It was the most expensive meal we ate on the trip, but the service was phenomenal, and the food was great.

Location: Lake Louise

Day 8 - 8 May 2019

Sunrise at Lake Louise

Lake Louise, Sunrise at Lake Louise
Lake Louise, Sunrise at Lake Louise
Lake Louise, Sunrise at Lake Louise

Content: Again, woke up an hour before sunrise and headed out to Lake Louise with all of our stuff for a spectacular sunrise.

Plain of the Six Glaciers

Lake Louise,  Plain of the Six Glaciers
Lake Louise,  Plain of the Six Glaciers
Lake Louise,  Plain of the Six Glaciers
Lake Louise,  Plain of the Six Glaciers
Lake Louise,  Plain of the Six Glaciers

Content: It takes you to a truly spectacular view of a valley at the base of glaciers that will give you a sense of the massive scale we’re talking about here.

Agnes Teahouse

Lake Louise, Agnes Teahouse
Lake Louise, Agnes Teahouse
Lake Louise, Agnes Teahouse
Lake Louise, Agnes Teahouse
Lake Louise, Agnes Teahouse
Lake Louise, Agnes Teahouse

Content: A backcountry teahouse its only 6 miles, but it has more climbing.

Location: Lake Louise

Day 9 - 9 May 2019

Calgary Airport

Lake Louise, Calgary Airport
Lake Louise, Calgary Airport
Lake Louise, Calgary Airport

Content: Unfortunately it is time to leave. Canada is such an amazing and varied country, perfect for lovers of the outdoors. I hope you love it as much as we do!