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Road Trip to Banff, Alberta


A couple weeks ago, my family and I packed our bags and hit the roads at 5am to take a trip to see one of the most beautiful, most visited and one of the very first national parks of Canada - Banff National Park.

I'm a road trip gal, which means I live for those long drives and scenic views. And I also sleep like a baby in vehicles, so I'm a happy rider! This was my first time visiting Alberta, other than all those layovers in one of the airports (if that even counts haha), and I am so glad we drove out because the views were breathtaking! Mind I say, it was only about 10 hours away -- well 14 hours with my family haha! Passing the Rocky Mountains and several rest stops, we made our first stop at Lake Louise. It was just like the pictures on Instagram, but even more beautiful in person. Just something about that water and the trees and the mountains. It seemed so peaceful. We didn't stay too long, as we headed towards Calgary to check in at our hotel. Yes, Calgary. Because all hotels in Banff were completely booked! Yay for tourist season. Luckily it was only an hour drives away.

The next morning, we woke up bright and early and headed towards Banff into the heart of the little town. Here we visited the Cave and Basin, Bow Falls, and took in the views of the Fairmont Hotel, known for its castle-like building. We learned about the CPR, the hot springs, and the different species that resided there. All while taking in views of the glacier mountains and forests we were within. It was a beautiful day, taking in all of nature's beauty. What I loved was that it wasn't rushed and everybody was enjoying the moment. If I had to take anything from this trip, it is that it's okay if you don't see everything, as long as you experience being present where ever you are.

We were originally going to do one more day, but due to some family emergency we shortened our trip and headed back the next morning. I wasn't disappointed because I was satisfied with what we had experienced. My favourite part from this trip was being surrounded in nature. Yeah the mountains are breathtaking, but have you seen the endless evergreen trees that go on forever, standing tall and proud for hundreds of years. Seeing a view like that brought me comfort and calmness. My love for this earth grew even more. And I felt this trip helped me in so many ways mentally, as it took place in the middle of my chaotic schedule, so it was a much needed breather.

Those were just a few of the many things Banff has to offer. I will definitely be going back in the future to check out more things, like more glacier lakes and maybe even taking a kayak ride on the water next time. That's the great thing about Banff. There's so much to do and so much to see, but each trip should have only a select amount of things you will do and see so that you are fully present and content in each thing you experience. If you are planning on visiting the national park this year, it is FREE for Canada's 150th birthday! And all historical sites and museums are also free admission, so wahoo!! Pack your bags and go!! I 1000% recommend!

Enjoy my vlog and let me know what you think!!!

XO,

Smiely :)

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