Lake Minnewanka

The Best of Banff

Banff is a gorgeous little town nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. It’s beautiful, it’s vast and it’s really just the gateway to even more spectacular views, hikes and activities. It’s easily one of Canada’s flagship destinations, offering turquoise lakes and incredible scenery.

We went over a few weeks ago to celebrate my birthday, however our experience was somewhat different to the postcards. The lakes were frozen over, the pines looked sugar coated and the crisp air chilled us to the bones. Really, it did, I think I developed mild frostbite on my toes it was that cold. But I loved it. It was magical, like a winter wonderland. If running across a frozen lake (that we later realized wasn’t so frozen, eek) doesn’t give you a thrill, I don’t know what will. Thrill is great, every now and again. It makes you feel alive and scared and excited. It makes you cherish the experience even more.

Bow lake
Bow Lake, Banff National Park

We spent 3 days road-tripping through Banff and Jasper National Park, making our way across the Icefield Parkway (which, by the way, is amazing), stumbling across glaciers, lakes, deers, elks and some of the most incredible views i’ve ever seen. We stayed in a gorgeous mountain lodge in Banff village, with rustic wooden decor and an amazing outdoor hot pool (boyfriend has racked up some serious brownie points). It is just awe-inspiring out there. If you get the chance to visit, GO! Whether it’s summer or winter, spring or fall, the views will never fail to amaze you.

I don’t think words can ever describe how beautiful this place is, so hopefully these pictures will give you an idea. Nature is a wonderful thing…

Two jacks lake banff
Two Jacks Lake, Banff National Park
Lake louise
Lake Louise
bow glacier
Bow Glacier
Banff National Park
Banff National Park
Athabasca Glacier
Athabasca Glacier, Icefield Parkway, Jasper National Park
peyto lake
Peyto Lake
bow valley parkway
Bow Valley Parkway
Icefield Parkway
Icefield Parkway
Peyto Lake
bow lake
Bow Lake
Lake Minnewanka
Lake Minnewanka
Icefield Parkway.
Icefield Parkway


  1. Go Live Explore
    October 3, 2015 / 8:36 am

    Hi lovely lady!

    Thanks so much that’s so kind of you 🙂 It was called Fox Hotel, the web address is

    The hotel is beautiful! We got a suite with a little mezzanine it was so cute, the views are lovely and there’s underground parking too. They also have an amazing, open-aired hot pool which is perfect after a long day of walking / driving around the Rockies! We went in the winter time so it was lovely to warm up in there after a day out 🙂 Hope you have an incredible time! I love your blog by the way! xxx

  2. May 1, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    Awesome blog ! Your experience is pretty similar to my first one last year. Great area to explore year round ! Like your blog ! Keep on going !

    • Go Live Explore
      May 1, 2015 / 10:41 pm

      Thanks so much, I really appreciate it 🙂 it’s such a gorgeous area, we didn’t anticipate there would be so much snow so we definitely need to go back in the summer to see the lakes and do some hiking! Look forward to catching up with your blog too!

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