Sunday, September 29, 2019

Exploring Banff - Part III

Our last day spent in Banff was incredible. For the first time since arriving, we had truly perfect weather. It was sunny and seventy degrees, which was just what we needed. Not only that, but we saw one of the most photographed places in Banff and it did not disappoint. All the details of our day spent on Lake Moraine are below.

(If you missed the fun from our first three days, click here and here.)


OUR DAY 4 ITINERARY

LAKE MORAINE
Look at this water! The turquoise color was incredible! We joked that it looked like a giant pool of blue Gatorade.

CANOEING ON THE LAKE
Something I constantly saw photos of was canoeing on the lake. We knew it was something we wanted to do and it was just as magical as it looked. We had the rental for a little over an hour, which was enough time to canoe the length of the lake, plus sit and enjoy our surroundings.

ROCKPILE TRAIL
Our first hike after lunch had the best view of the lake. It was a short trail up to the top of natural rock formations, leading to a lookout. We took in the view (and had a mini photoshoot).

CONSOLATION LAKES TRAIL
This hike was recommended to us by a worker at our lunch spot. It involved a lot of climbing up and over rocks, which was challenging and required a lot of balance. It was tricky, but worth it. Before heading back, we sat on one of the bigger rocks with our feet in the water.

NIGHT OUT IN DOWNTOWN BANFF
To celebrate our last true night altogether, we decided to go out. We started with mojitos and dinner at Eddie Burger, then decided to go to High Rollers. Our initial plan was to go in for a couple drinks, but I convinced them to play a round of bowling. It ended up being so much fun that we kept playing for many hours. Our night ended dancing at the bowling alley to some of our favorite songs.

My Banff trip was one of my favorites I've ever been on. I've never seen beauty like that. I'll always remember the true turquoise color of the water, the snow-capped mountains, and unique hiking trails. Not only that, but I had such a wonderful time with my friends. It was the last trip the four of us would take together before two of them moved out of state. It was a perfect way to send our best friends into new seasons of life. I can't wait to plan more trips and explore this beautiful world we live in.

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