I finally made it to the Rockies after 11 hours travelling and 3 hours of sleep! As we drove into Banff, I listened intently to the stories of encounters with grizzley bears told by local Canadians.
“Oh, you’ll be fine. As long as you don’t provoke them and you carry grizzley bear spray with you for precaution.”
Of course I burst out laughing. They’re joking, right? Grizzley Bear spray? That exists?
Well yes it does… And you can imagine my face when I had a flashback of how proud I was about remembering to pack my mosquito spray into my bag the night before I left. Luckily I wasn’t eaten alive by a grizzley bear yet there were a few lingering about.
So it was time to explore and when I say explore, I mean hike! Banff is full of hiking trials whether you want to explore the mountains or go on easier trails along the Bow River. What struck me the most about travelling in West Canada was how well nature is preserved. I have never seen water so clear and blue in my life. It looked clean enough to drink straight away!
Below was one of my favourite views where we could see Banff at 360°. We met so many lovely people while climbing up and therefore experienced Canada’s greatest charm of all… it’s people.
We even took a dip in the Hot Springs to catch our breath after all the hiking. The water was about 40 degrees and felt like you were taking a nice warm bath!
I was really surprised to see how commercialised Banff was. I genuinely expected Banff to be in the middle of nowhere with no access to supermarkets or shops. During summer, it’s a bustling little town with a great energy to it.
We fitted in so much into 4 days. Not only did we hike but we swam, rowed and even went on a cheeky bar crawl!
If you love the outdoors, Banff is THE place to go to!