Well with all of my photos from Banff and Yoho National Park posted, I thought I would write what we are thinking of for next year.
The big difference is we are doing a short trip on July 1st long weekend to Yoho National Park to hike Lake O’Hara. Lake O’Hara has very restricted access but is considered one of the best hiking areas in the world. So the plan is to drive out and the camp in the rustic Lake O’Hara campground before hiking the trails for two days.
We will take a longer vacation later in the summer. We will also take Marley along for this one.
Day 1: Drive to Banff, get out and hike up Tunnel Mountain. Die a little on top. Walk back down. Get back into car and drive to Lake Louise campground.
Basically we never did do this during this year’s vacation because my ankle was so swollen that it felt like it was going to snap. I want to do this next year. As for the campground, I loved the Johnston Canyon Campground but Lake Louise Campground is closer to Yoho National Park and there are no reservable spots in Yoho.
Another idea from this year that was derailed because of my ankle. If all goes well, three mountain tops and one cup of tea in two days. I am more excited about the mountain tops than I am the tea to be honest.
Day 3: Yoho: HIke to the the Twin Falls
Day 4: Walk the Past Trail
It’s not a long trail but I have always wanted to hike the Walk the Past Trail in Yoho. It is near the Spiral Tunnels and it is littered with the carnage of runaway trains and exploding boilers that plagued the Big Hill during it’s existence. This history geek in me is looking forward to this. Since it won’t take long, I plan to check out Emerald Lake in Yoho as well.
Day 5: Columbia Ice Fields
I haven’t spent anytime in Jasper National Park so this will be fun but we are planning to take the Columbia Ice Fields tour as we relocate camp from Lake Louise to the Columbia Ice Fields Campground.
Day 6: Hike to Wilcox Pass
One of the best hikes in Canada, this high alpine pass should be fun.
Day 7: Athabasca Falls and Exploring the town of Jasper.
Day 8: Mount Edith Cavell trail
Day 9: Edmonton and then home.