One More Post from Banff

Banff, Alberta

As we reviewed our stay in the Canadian Rockies, we discovered we had left out a few pictures we liked.  So one more post from this area seemed necessary.  One afternoon we drove about forty miles north of Banff on the Icefields Parkway to see Peyto Lake.  This glacier fed lake is named for Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area.

The lake is a main stop for the tour buses taking tourists up and down the Icefields Parkway, so the main lake viewing area is a bit crowded.  Avoiding the crowds, we headed up the hills overlooking the lake for a better look.  As we climbed the path another hiker showed us a little used trail that lead up a rocky hill where we had a great viewpoint.

The climb up to the viewpoint

Peyto Lake shaped like a dog

We continued climbing up the trail to the Bow Summit Overlook.   The trail was a bit steep, but we were rewarded for our efforts with a great view of Bow Lake with Bow Peak reflecting in the still water on the left.

Turning around to the north we had a great view of the Bow Valley in the distance.

Returning to the Jeep we drove back town the parkway, enjoying great views of glaciers and lakes along the way.

Near Lake Louise we took a side road winding through the hills leading to Moraine Lake, located in the Valley of the Ten Peaks.

Approaching the Valley of the Ten Peaks

Moraine Lake

OK, this is (probably) our last post from the Canadian Rockies.  Just a note for anyone contemplating a visit to this area, we stayed in two very nice parks operated by Parks Canada, both with full hook-ups (30 amp).  In Jasper we stayed at Whistler’s Campground and in Banff we were in Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground.  We recommend both, but you need reservations made on-line at the Parks Canada web site.

Now its south to Montana.  More on that later . . .



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22 Responses to One More Post from Banff

  1. pmbweaver says:

    Glorious photos. Thanks for giving us one more taste of that gorgeous area.

  2. Ingrid says:

    Stunning…. it couldn’t get prettier 🙂

  3. I can relate about overlooking some pics that are really good not to share. Thank you for all your fabulous captures! And thank you for the suggested campgrounds. I know we will use them one day.

    • placestheygo says:

      It get tough when you get behind and struggle with WiFi. John had uploaded the photos and was sure he did a post.

      I realized that we didn’t take any photos of the campgrounds or mention them. I learned about both them from another blog so I knew we needed to include the names. Yes, you will want to use these two parks:)

  4. Dave & Skruffy ( says:

    We will certainly keep those parks in mind next year on our way up to Alaska…if they are open by then. Looks so lovely…. –Dave (

  5. Gay says:

    Had to play catch -up on your posts…breathtaking photos. I have enjoyed seeing the Canadian Rockies thru your lens. I’m not sure we will ever visit there so thank you for taking us along.

  6. Laurel says:

    Yes, those photos definitely needed to be posted! That Bow Summit Overlook is just spectacular. How long total did you spend in the Canadian Rockies? I’m still in awe of the tough hiking you did day after day. I want to do all of those hikes, but I might need a day off here and there to recover.

    • placestheygo says:

      Laurel, we were in Jasper and Banff for about 16 days. All together we were on this adventure for about 4 weeks, which also included Glacier and Waterton NP. Our rest was when we visited Calgary and Edmonton:) We kept thinking we would just do a drive and rest but I always seemed to find a hike along the way. I just couldn’t pass up any hikes.

  7. The Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court in Banff is laid out better than almost any other campground we have ever been to. Almost every site has a mountain view. We loved it! And the views of Peyto Lake are spectacular. Your pictures are beautiful.

  8. Sally says:

    We were there in Sept. at Whistlers a couple years ago. We did not have reservations and ended up way in the back, lot P30. No hookups but it was great. An elk bugled 30 feet from our door. It went on for about 30 min. while we were falling asleep. Best. experience. ever!

  9. LuAnn says:

    What a summer you have had! We look forward to walking in a few of your footsteps next year. Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions. 🙂

    • placestheygo says:

      Glad we could help you plan, LuAnn:) Several of our hiking ideas and campgrounds came from fellow bloggers. So we wanted to pass it on:) Yes, it was an amazing time. It was hard to leave the area.

  10. Janna says:

    Gorgeous photos–we will have to look for that different viewpoint of Peyto Lake next time, the paved path is also steep and covered with tourists.

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, Janna! Oh, yes, Janna, the paved path was crowded for us even in mid September. But you have to take the paved path to get to the lookout. We followed a fire road off the upper loop.

  11. Jodee Gravel says:

    Absolutely beautiful – thanks for taking the time to include these! Peyto really does look like a dog 🙂 The Ten Peaks and Moraine Lake are so stunning, they are even worth navigating the crowds. I’m impressed that you make all those steep, rocky descents without poles – must be you are both nimble hikers!

  12. Erin says:

    Peyto Lake is beautiful … but agreed that the regular overlook can get crowded. We timed it right … had it all to ourselves before the busses started arriving. Moraine Lake was probably our favorite. A quiet morning … the reflections … and no one around for about half an hour … then the crowds showed up and it was time to leave.

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