Category Archives: National Parks

The final stop on the whirlwind tour of the Northern Rocky Mountains [see Jasper, Athabasca & Glacier] was Banff National Park up in Alberta, Canada. We wanted to see some teal blue lakes and there was clearly no shortage to go around. What's crazy is the color you see is what it was actually like being there- no lie. It's nothing short of incredible, assuming you can handle some pretty cold weather in August.

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By now it should be no surprise that most of my trips nowadays center on going to see glaciers, I guess everyone has their thing and for me it's always exciting to explore and seek out that gorgeous colorful ice. On our trip to Jasper National Park we stopped at the most famous of the glaciers in the park, the Athabasca Glacier.

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Next stop on this year's National Park tour [see the previous stop at Glacier] headed north and over the border into Canada at Jasper National Park. Jasper is a far more rugged and less built up park compared to its US counterparts and we had a great time camping, seeing some moose, and exploring glaciers. I think the most fun we had in the park however was a completely random hike out to the Hilda Glacier which isn't a really well known trail in the area. To be honest, I thought we were going out to the Saskatchewan Glacier which is a bit more down the road, but once we got going it turned out to be amazing!

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It's been a really long time since I've been to Glacier National Park, 9 years in fact! Now that I live in the Pacific Northwest though, I really have no excuse. It's a day's drive away now so I hope to get out there at least once a year. It's worth it. This time around I had my friend Nick with me for the big adventure and Glacier was just the start! This year's trip was to go from Seattle to Glacier, then up into Canada and explore a little of Banff and Jasper National Parks before looping back home. Lots of driving and lots of amazing sights to be seen!

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