In mid September, my travel sista and best friend, Kara told me she had some flight credits to use up before next year and wondered if I wanted to go somewhere with her this fall. I was quick to respond with a YES, and we started brainstorming on places to go. 

When looking at our schedules, we could both get away for five days in October, so we wanted to go somewhere in North America, which turned into somewhere in Canada after we realized how poor the dollar still was… After some thinking and research, we set on Alberta. We figured this was a good time of year to see the Rockies, do some hiking and photography without the rush of summer tourists.

After working out an itinerary for our five days, we would be able to visit Canmore, Banff and Yoho in BC. Some places I would like to visit in the future are Jasper, AB and Tofino, BC to do some surfing!

If you’re planning a trip to Canmore/Banff area, I included our itinerary below to give you some inspiration. There are endless hikes and adventures you could do there, but these are the ones we felt would be best for us in our time frame. I would also recommend a visit to the Travellers Information desk when you first arrive, because they will let you know what is open or closed, or if there are any precautions like grizzly bear warnings, etc.


Monday, October 12

-Arrive in Calgary @0735 AM

-Pick up rental car from Enterprise

-Drive to Canmore (1 hour 11 min)

-Coffee and breakfast at Rocky Mountain Bagel Co.

-Information desk (to make sure itinerary is okay)

-Moraine Lake (photography and hiking)

-Banff Hot Springs (because we got so cold at Moraine Lake!)

-Drive back to Canmore for the night, get groceries & find our friend’s house (who was so awesome to let us stay with them!)

Tuesday, October 13

-Lake Louise

-Emerald Lake in Yoho, BC (photography and hiking)

-Yoho’s Natural Bridge

-Back to Canmore for the night

Wednesday, October 14

-Hike to Grassi Lakes (in Canmore, very easy hike, even good for kids)

-Bike Legacy Trail from Canmore to Banff, 22km one way

-Lunch in Banff at Grizzly House

-Walk/Shop around in Banff

-Bus back to Canmore with bikes

-Dinner at Rocky Mountain Flat Bread with friends in Canmore

Thursday, October 15

-Hike West Wind Pass in Kananaskis (moderate challenge, but I found it got quite difficult at the tail end, because of all the shale)

-Dinner at the Tavern with friends in Canmore

Friday, October 16

-Drive to Calgary and hangout in the city

-Depart from Calgary at 4:10 PM


Here are some of the photos from our trip! Photos taken with Nikon D5200, GoPro & IPhone 5S.