Canadian Rockies Itinerary (11 Days)

This itinerary was a summary of how we managed to experience the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park in Montana. It was a trip where we had to rearrange plans to avoid the brunt of a freak Winter snow storm in the middle of September! We also had to work with the fact that Julie was pregnant so long hikes had to either be eliminated or scaled back significantly. And speaking of hikes, apparently it was also berry season so the grizzly bears were out and about fattening up for their Winter hibernation. Fortunately, we didn't have any close encounters with any of them, but there were trail closures due to bear activity, and we even saw bear tracks on the trails so we knew they were definitely active!

While this trip was predominantly covering the Canadian Rockies (especially Banff and Jasper as well as Yoho), we also went to the Wells-Gray Provincial Park, Waterton National Park, then we went back across the international border into Montana to experience Glacier National Park, where road construction closed the Logan Pass portion of the Going-to-the-Sun Road (a real bummer). While there was a lot of activity in Canada, it seemed like services and organized activities were closing for the season in Glacier. Nevertheless, I felt we had a pretty successful two-week trip, which was essentially our last significant waterfalling trip before Tahia was born.

Day Overnight Activity
1 Banff, AB
Douglas Fir Lodge
Travel, Car Rental Pickup, Sundance Canyon, Bow Falls
2 Banff, AB
Douglas Fir Lodge
Wapta Falls, Takakkaw Falls, Johnston Canyon Waterfalls
3 Banff, AB
Douglas Fir Lodge
Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Emerald Lake, Hamilton Falls, Natural Bridge, Takakkaw Falls, Peyto Lake, Bow Glacier Falls, Crowfoot Glacier, Banff
4 Jasper, AB
Castle Guesthouse
Peyto Lake, Waterfowl Lake, Athabasca Glacier, Sunwapta Falls, Athabasca Falls, Pyramid Lake, Lake Maligne Boat Tour
5 Clearwater, BC
Moul Creek Bed and Breakfast
Spahats Falls, Helmcken Falls, Dawson Falls, Moul Falls
6 Jasper, AB
105 Patricia Street Accommodations
Overlander Falls, Thunder Falls
7 Banff, AB
Douglas Fir Lodge
Maligne Canyon Waterfalls, Lower Sunwapta Falls, Sunwapta Falls, Tangle Falls, Panther Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, "Sideways Falls", Weeping Wall, Silverton Falls
8 Waterton Park, AB
Bear Mountain Motel
Mt Rundle Lookout, Waterton Lakes, Blackiston Falls, Cameron Falls
9-9 St Mary, MT
Glacier Trailhead Cabins
Lower Bertha Falls, Many Glacier Valley, Many Glacier Waterfalls, Swiftcurrent Falls, Apikuni Falls
10 St Mary, MT
Glacier Trailhead Cabins
Baring Falls, St Mary Falls, St Mary Lake, McDonald Falls, Sacred Dancing Cascade, Running Eagle Falls, Two Medicine Valley
11 Home Wild Goose Lake, Going-to-the-Sun Waterfalls, Logan Pass, Car Rental Return, Travel

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