Canadian Rockies: around Banff

Canadian Rockies 2007
Canadian Rockies 2007

My birthday is in July, which is wonderful because it means I can usually spend it on holiday.ย In 2007 I turned 50 and chose to celebrate in the Canadian Rockies. What a great fortnight we had! It was also the start of a run of annual North American road-trips, only broken last summer when we went to Orkney and Shetland instead. Normal service will be resumed this year….

After flying into Calgary, our first stop was Banff, though we weren’t staying in the illustrious Banff Springs Hotel as shown in the gallery – we were somewhere much more lowly. We had a wonderful few days amongst the lakes and mountains, most of which I can no longer identify with any certainty so have helpfully labelled “Near Banff”. You can probably tell from my body language and general demeanour that kayaking wasn’t for me; I much preferred hiking.

From Banff, we headed north on the Bow Valley Parkway to our next stop – Num-ti-jah Lodge. Coming up soon!



40 thoughts on “Canadian Rockies: around Banff

  1. Achim Spengler January 28, 2016 / 10:51

    memories memories; I had been in Banff in 1980, and I was touched by the beauty of Lake Louise.

    Thanks a lot for these Pictures



  2. Heyjude January 28, 2016 / 12:01

    Almost got there, but didn’t. Love the colour of the water around that region, and those mountains. The Rockies are magnificent and you look to have had good weather.


    • Anabel Marsh January 28, 2016 / 13:28

      It was one of the hottest summers they’d had – and the mosquitos were certainly enjoying it!


      • Heyjude January 28, 2016 / 15:22

        Ah, that is a downside. Mossies LOVE eating me.


  3. TanGental January 28, 2016 / 12:04

    Ha! We went in 2013, like you starting in Banff. hen Lake Louise, Jasper and the Rocky Mountaineer to Vancouver and Victoria! Brilliant country. Looking forward to the memories that your photos jog


  4. nomad, interrupted January 28, 2016 / 13:28

    Banff is one of my favorite places in North America. I have wonderful memories of the couple of times I visited. For about 4 years I lived in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and I was able to travel there without too much difficulty. Your photos are beautiful. I love a road trip!! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Anabel Marsh January 28, 2016 / 13:32

      Thanks! I am definitely, definitely aching to go back after this nostalgia trip.

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  5. Marcia Strykowski January 28, 2016 / 14:58

    Wow, such beautiful scenery. I’ll have to add Canadian Rockies to my bucket list!


  6. joylovestravel January 28, 2016 / 17:04

    Looks stunning – perfect hiking territory! Not sure kayaking is for me either…


    • Anabel Marsh January 28, 2016 / 17:25

      I seem to lack the co-ordination for it. At least I can – usually – put one foot in front of the other.

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  7. Su Leslie January 28, 2016 / 19:43

    Somewhere else for my list. I can feel my feet itching as I read!


  8. restlessjo January 28, 2016 / 22:32

    Lake Louise always looks beautiful on Sue Slaught’s posts too. So- where this year? ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. budgettraveltalk January 29, 2016 / 06:31

    The Canadian Rockies are one of my favourite destinations. We spent a week there and I didn’t want to leave. I’m embarrassed to say I actually cried when we left!


  10. Josh January 29, 2016 / 06:32

    Nice. Those are amazing picture, thanks for sharing.



  11. hilarymb January 29, 2016 / 09:42

    Hi Anabel – well you had better weather than my mother and I did back in 1997 … on 1st July – it snowed!!!! I managed to drive to Jasper, but was glad to get back to Banff. Wonderful area … Mum and I did not go canoeing … cheers Hilary


    • Anabel Marsh January 29, 2016 / 10:00

      Wow! We had amazing weather almost all the time. I think next time, I probably won’t go kayaking either…….


  12. Nadine Feldman (@Nadine_Feldman) January 30, 2016 / 14:35

    We may be headed there sometime this summer. My husband has been a few times before we met, and he’s eager to show it off to me. Looks great! I’m also not fond of kayaking. I like terra firma, thank you very much.


  13. inesephoto January 31, 2016 / 18:44

    Wonderful photographs! I too celebrated my 50th birthday in 2007 ๐Ÿ™‚ Grand Canyon trip it was.


    • Anabel Marsh January 31, 2016 / 18:50

      Ah, we went there in 2009! Awesome – in the true sense of the word.


  14. Birgit February 1, 2016 / 17:49

    I missed this…busy days. One day I will get there. One of my dearest friends works as a tour guide and stays at that famous hotel throughout the summer


  15. jazzfeathers February 4, 2016 / 20:21

    This is a beautiful place. I visited Canada a couple of years ago, but only went to Montreal. These ‘wilder’ places look absolutely stunning. Meke me want to go ๐Ÿ™‚


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