Thinking about crossing the border for a hiking or camping trip this year? Look no further than Canada's first national park, Banff National Park, nestled in the Canadian Rockies about an hour and half west of Calgary. This stunning outdoor lover's paradise is a great place to visit any time of the year. From hiking, camping, golfing, birdwatching, white water rafting, and canoeing to skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing -Banff has any outdoor adventure you crave.
Our Banff adventure began in the early fall when Summer’s warmth had disappeared and the chilly days and snow were in full force. Winter camping near Lake Louise was a must. Lucky for us we had our multiple wool camp blankets and our hammock camping gear to keep us elevated from the cold, snowy ground. Due to the dense weave and high-quality wool, we lined our hammocks with our warm wool blankets from the Explorer Collection. High-quality winter camping sleeping bags are a must. After lining the bottom of our hammocks with gray wool blankets, the top layer consisted of a heavy wool blanket from the Farmhouse Collection. We set up windproof canopies that surrounded our hammocks before hopping into our warm wool enclaves to get some sleep.
We spent the next few days exploring Banff National Park. Our favorite sights to see were the emerald waters of Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, and the world-renowned Lake Agnes Teahouse.
Lake Louise has the most beautiful emerald blue waters encapsulated by the soaring Rocky Mountains and the elegant Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel. The lakeshore paths are typically pretty crowded with tourists and photographers. Moraine Lake was equally as beautiful as Lake Louise, although it was a bit less crowded. Lastly, the hike to the Lake Agnes Teahouse is astounding! The moderate level hike will have you hiking through a majestic forest passing Mirror Lake and a waterfall cascading out of Lake Agnes, prior to arriving at the tea house which overlooks the crystal clear alpine water of Lake Agnes. Once you have arrived at this historic tea house, grab yourself a warm beverage, a sandwich, and soup, and relax before your next adventure.