When I found out that my husband and I were visiting his relatives in Alberta for the holidays, I immediately asked if we were going to Banff National Park. To my surprise, his family had already planned on renting an RV and booking a lodge, so we can stay in Banff for a couple of days while we were there! A dream come true for a National Parks enthusiast like me. We stayed at the park for 4 days and 3 nights, and this is what our itinerary looked like..
Headed for the Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground to park our RV. This RV campground was beautiful. I love that it was quiet and relaxing. Despite lots of RVs parked in the area, we felt isolated. The bathrooms were very clean, too! And the best part of it all was the view of Mount Rundle, right in front of the campground.
That night, we headed for Lake Minnewanka to take some photos of the night sky. I was hoping to see the Milky Way, especially since the skies were very clear, but the moon was very bright, so it was impossible to capture it on camera.
Our family decided to check-in at the Banff Inn along Banff Ave, and it was perfect because it was only a short distance from all the restaurants and shops, so we were able to walk around to grab a bite and buy souvenirs. We stayed at a gorgeous loft, and the view outside the window was, then again, breathtaking. Plus they offer a free continental breakfast every morning!
After getting soup and a sandwich at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau hotel, we headed for Johnston Canyon to do a quick 2.5 mile hike, to see the lower & upper falls. This was my first time hiking in snow, and yes I fell on my butt a few times. I highly recommend you use winter traction devices for your shoes, when you go here during the winter. The frozen waterfalls at the end of the trail was worth all the butt-falls though. It was amazing to see water still gushing underneath the frozen layer of the falls.
Last day in Banff, and I was not ready to say goodbye. Our stay was short and sweet, but very memorable. Now I understand why Alberta is known for the Canadian Rockies. The whole time I was there, I felt surrounded by the mightiest mountains here on earth!
If you’ve been to Banff National Park before, what else is there to see? I hope to get to visit again when it’s summertime!