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  • Banff
    Banff
    About an hour and half of drive to the West of Calgary, on the TransCanada Highway, would take you to the Banff National Park, Canada's gem. We drove to the park one fine summer Monday, to spend a week away from the city.
  • Banff
    Banff
    We started our day at the beautiful Banff township. First we went to the Discover Banff Tour downtown office and with the help of their friendly local experts chalked out what things to do and how to spend our time in Banff.
  • Banff
    Banff
    In the evening we went for a walk along the Bow River trail towards the Banff canoe docks. It was a relaxing walk along the lush greenery of the park, quite what we had been looking forward to from our stay at the park.
  • Banff
    Banff
    We spent some time at the Canoe docks, grabbed some ice cream, and then set out for the Vermilion Lake on rented cruiser bikes.
  • Banff
    Banff
    Watching the changing colours of the evening sky, on Mount Rundle, from the banks of the Vermilion Lake, is simply something you can't miss. I felt extremely fortunate on being a witness to the beautiful scene!
  • Banff
    Banff
    We spent the later part of the evening strolling about the Banff Avenue. We meandered through the many shops and art galleries. This main street of Banff has a wide variety of stuff to select from!
  • Banff
    Banff
    The next morning was bright and sunny, a perfect day for a leisurely sight-seeing around the park! The area is full of beautiful spots, and if you have enough time in your hand, it's one of the best places to be in. We started our day with a visit to the picturesque Bow Falls!
  • Banff
    Banff
    From the Bow Falls we went to the Surprise Corner. It's a beautiful place, offering a gorgeous view of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and Sulphur Mountain. The Bow River provides a continuous soothing music to the ears!
  • Banff
    Banff
    From Surprise Corner, we decided to hike to the Hoodoos, along the Tunnel Mountain road. It was a moderately easy hike, of 5.1km and took us about 1.5 hours.
  • Banff
    Banff
    The Hoodoos are spectacular needle-like formations composed of sedimentary rock covered by harder rock. It's one of the most unique natural structures I've ever come across!
  • Banff
    Banff
    From the Hoodoos we drove to Lake Minnewanka. We ended the day with a most rejuvenating cruise on the lake, surrounded by some spectacular views!
  • Banff
    Banff
    The next day, we went for a drive on the Icefields Parkway. Lined with over 100 glaciers, this is one of the most picturesque drives in the world!
  • Banff
    Banff
    After two nights in Banff, we finally spotted a bear on our way. Given that we were safely inside the car, it was great to see an animal in it's natural environment!
  • Banff
    Banff
    The drive was dotted with spots of unparalleled beauty. This is a picture of the Crowfoot Glacier. Endowed with emrald waters, graceful conifers and of course the majestic glacier, this scene won my heart!
  • Banff
    Banff
    Our next stop was the Bow lake. The turquoise waters, and breathtaking surroundings made this place surreal!
  • Banff
    Banff
    This is the Peyto Lake, a vibrant blue, glacier-fed lake, along the driveway! This is another stop you simply cannot miss while traveling on the Icefields Parkway.
  • Banff
    Banff
    The highlight from the day was our visit to the Athabasca Glacier. The snow capped peaks, and the pristine clear blue, glacial melted water, all came together to make the place serene. We came back after the day completely exhausted, but it was worth it!

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