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Canadian Rockies in 4 Days

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Map tips: each color represents a different day. Click a marker to learn more about the spot, and click the star in the map header to save the entire map under Your Places in Google Maps.

We stayed in Canmore, which is about an hour from Calgary and a half hour outside Banff (all in Alberta, Canada).

Day 1

Peyto Lake is about an hour and a half drive from Canmore and a must-see. Easy, short walk from the parking lot to the viewing area.

Day 2

  • Takakkaw Falls
  • Yoho Lake
  • Emerald Lake

Another hour and a half drive to Yoho National Park. First stop was Takakkaw Falls, then we hiked to Yoho Lake (around 6.5 miles). Definitely worth it and good way to get away from the crowds. Emerald Lake was very crowded.

Day 3

  • Lake Louise
  • Johnston Canyon

We were going to do a longer hike but it rained, so we hung out at Lake Louise. Got coffee at the hotel and walked the grounds.

Drove to Johnston Canyon to see the waterfalls. Less memorable than other things but that’s in comparison to other things in the Canadian Rockies. It’s still amazing, just not at the top of the list.

Day 4

  • Moraine Lake
  • Sentinel Pass

The road that leads to Moraine Lake was closed because it was already full. Had to go to Lake Louise and pay to take the shuttle. Walked around the different viewing areas and then did the hike from Larch Valley to Sentinel Pass. The trail starts at Moraine Lake and is 7 miles RT and 2,600 feet of elevation gain. Some of the best views I’ve ever seen, anywhere.

We went to a rope swing with beautiful views of the mountains in Canmore, but sadly found out they took it down since we were there.

Traveled in July 2018

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