Back from Camping in Canada!

Why did it take me so long to go to Canada? What an amazing country! We were lucky enough to be travel companions with our dear friends, Jake, Currie, Jack, and Nick, for the past two weeks camping our way through Western Canada. Currie, a former travel agent, planned the most amazing adventure for all of us. We started out in Whistler, went to Lake La Juene near Kamloops, white-water rafted down the Athabasca River in Jasper, saw the glacier icefields on the way to Lake Louise, and ended our journey in Banff. We did so much, saw so many beautiful sites, and had the absolute best time. The first part of our trip was pretty smokey due to terrible forest fires in the area, but we didn’t let it deter us from having an incredible time. We all (adults & kids) fell in love with the mountains, rivers, lakes, and people of Canada. We ended the journey in Silverwood, Idaho for a day of theme park rides and water slide fun! What a wonderful trip filled with memories we will all cherish forever. Thank you SO MUCH Currie for planning this epic adventure!

Whistler, British Columbia

On the road

 

Fitzsimmons Creek, Whistler, BC

 

Dipping toes in ice-cold glacial meltwater

 

Wildflower

 

Smokey Serenity

 

Olympic Village – Whistler, BC

 

Cooling down with a sweet treat

 

Ski mountain turns into mountain biker playground

 

Green River, Whistler, BC

 

Evening shenanigans

 

Lac Le Jeune, British Columbia

Young Bighorn Sheep

 

Morning photo session

 

Lake swimming ♥

 

Smokey sunset

 

Heading down the road

 

Where to next?!

 

Jasper, Alberta 

Heading to Jasper

 

A herd of elk lounging by the river

 

One of many drive-by shots

 

Miette Hot Springs parking lot visitor

 

Not a bad view from the hot springs pool

 

Jasper Lake

 

Knee deep the entire way across the lake

 

Keeping the dogs at bay

 

Marshmallow, chocolate chip, and caramel baked bananas!

 

Rock Stacks ♥

 

White water rafting down the Athabasca River

 

Such an exhilarating and fun experience

 

♥♥♥

 

Medicine Lake, Alberta

 

Maligne Canyon

 

Pictures can’t do it justice – simply amazing!

 

Heading towards the Icefields Parkway

 

Beautiful and cold!

 

Peyto Lake, Alberta

 

Lake Louise, Alberta

Nice view from our campground in Lake Louise, Alberta

 

Family photo – Lake Louise

 

It’s just so unbelievably beautiful

 

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

 

Beauty wherever you look

 

Views from my husband’s mountain bike ride

 

Mount Victoria

 

Banff

View from Cave and Basin National Historic Site

 

 

Lifelong friends

 

These two have a special bond

 

Happy kid – Ramen at the Banff farmer’s market

 

Last morning in Canada and we were greeted by a herd of elk

 

Currie and I woke up extra early to fit in a quick tour of this majestic beauty!

 

View from the legendary Banff Springs Hotel balcony

 

A table with a view

 

Just one portion of the massive hotel

 

Love this friend of mine!

 

Drive-by shot of the mountain as we leave Banff

 

We LOVED seeing these wildlife bridges!

 

Silverwood, Idaho, USA

Ready for the plunge!

 

These two did the upside down spinning ride – ugh!

 

His hands were still up!

 

The fitting end to our last night of travels

 

I spent yesterday doing 11 loads of laundry and today sorting through photos. I’ll be back to cooking and posting recipes tomorrow.

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. absolutely beautiful and stunning pictures !
    Always I heard Canada is really beautiful and now I know. thanks by sharing !!

  2. Well, Pam, your pictures are just wonderful. They remind me of our pictures……can’t wait to see it again. Normally, I see what you are cooking, but your Canadian vacation pictures drew me right in. Hubby and I always talk about how turquoise the water was that had melted from the glaciers and into the rivers and streams. What a fabulous trip you must have had! Thank you for posting them. Dezi

  3. Wow, these are incredible! I have only been to the east cost of Canada (Nova Scotia), which is also beautiful, but I do love the mountains more. I am putting these places into my travel file, thanks! Totally worth 11 loads of laundry; we camp, too, I know that drill!

  4. Stunning….thanks for taking the time to share.

  5. Thanks for the great picture tour of Canada– some of!

  6. what an adventure! great pictures. so brave of you to take your pooch–she must be a very good dog!