Banff National Park is world famous, recognised by the United Nations as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a high concentration of wildlife, Banff National Park is one of the most popular attractions in Canada, and rightly so.
Driving through Kootenay National Park a few weeks ago, just after leaving Banff National Park, we spotted this young black bear enjoying an early morning feed.
The Lake Louise sightseeing gondola is open year round, and offers visitors panoramas of glaciers, natural springs, wildflowers and sometimes wildlife.
Lake Louise is believed to have first been visited by humans in 11,000 BC. Today, some three million visit each year. With an elevation of 1,536m (5,039ft), Lake Louise is Canada’s highest permanent settlement.
From the top of Lake Louise Ski Resort, visitors can spy Lake Louise itself on the other side of the valley glistening in the morning sun.
Lake Minnewanka, aka “Water of the Spirits” in Nakota – the Stoney Indian language, is a glacial lake. The lake is 28 km (17 mile) long, making it the longest lake in the mountain parks of the Canadian Rockies.
Lake Agnes stands high above Lake Louise and is well worth the 7.5 km (4.5 mile) return hike.