My Alberta Summer Getaway- Banff National Park & Lake Minnewanka

After our day trip to Columbia Icefield and Glacier Skywalk, we finally arrived at our final destination- Banff National Park.

It was almost 5 pm when we checked into our hotel. Kev was completely worn out from the long drive. So was I  (from being awake the whole time and keeping him company). All we wanted to do was to go for a feast and refill our stamina!!

Strolling along Banff Avenue, it was almost like walking into a fairy tale town. Everything seemed so cute and tiny~

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My Alberta Summer Getaway- Glacier Skywalk & Lake Louise

After exploring the Columbia Icefield, we returned to the Visitor’s Center and went on the shuttle bus that transported us to our next destination, the Glacier Skywalk. It is the newest tourist attraction site in Jasper National Park, which allows visitors to walk on a glass-floored observation platform and look straight down to the rugged Sunwapta Valley 280 m below!

At the receiving area, you could see the trail winds its way along the edge of the cliffs, offering a perfect spot to enjoy the stunning view of the surrounding mountains.

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My Alberta Summer Getaway – Exploring The Columbia Icefield

Can you believe that I’ve moved to Calgary for a year already but hadn’t had a chance to visit Banff until few weeks ago? Summer is finally here (thank god! I can’t stand any of that freezing cold weather anymore!!). To celebrate the end of the winter season, Kev and I planned a weekend getaway to Banff National Park, which is just an hour away from Calgary (Woo~hoo~).

My last visit to Banff was in 2005 when my mom joined a tour group and came to Canada to visit me in Vancouver. That was back in first year university. As soon as I finished all my classes, I joined them on their road trip to Banff. Gosh, that was soooo long ago. I had only hazy memories of what Banff was like. All I could recall were the lengthy, laborious bus ride, white snow, and townhouses.  Click to read more!

夏日避暑小旅行~ 船遊明尼旺卡湖,探訪班夫小鎮 (Banff)

離開哥倫比亞大冰原,體驗完冰川空中步道,我們終於抵達本次旅行的最終目的地~ 班夫國家公園

開車抵達飯店已將近下午五點。凱文從一大早開車開到現在也體力透支了。一到班夫,我們最想做的就是好好吃一頓,補充體力!!

我們步行來到班夫小鎮覓食。走進班夫小鎮,猶如走進童話故事,好夢幻!

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步步驚心! 站在高空中,遠眺加拿大洛磯山脈 (Glacier Skywalk)

體驗完冰原探險,我們回到遊客中心,搭上接駁車,前往下一個景點─ 冰川空中步道 (Glacier Skywalk)。冰川空中步道今年五月初才剛落成並正式對外開放,是加拿大最新的旅遊景點。我們這個時候來,剛好有機會能踏上玻璃步道,在280公尺的辛華達峽谷(Sunwapta valley)上方,享受壯觀的冰川美景!

不到幾分鐘的車程,我們已到達景點。在入口處,就能看到整個步道是建在完全開放的峭壁上。

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來一趟冰原歷險記─ 探訪哥倫比亞大冰原 (Columbia Icefield)

來卡加利一年了,但一次都還沒去過班夫國家公園 (Banff National Park)。好不容易等到了夏天 (冬天太冷,沒有想去的慾望),上個月我跟凱文就來個兩天一夜的班夫小旅行。

我對班夫的印象停留在2005年。當年我媽跟旅行團來加拿大找我,我就搭順風車,跟他們去了班夫一日遊。因為太久遠了,我的記憶裡只有…白雪、小鎮、還有超長的車程! (當時,我們從溫哥華坐長途巴士坐得頭昏腦脹 o_O)

這次我特別做了功課,除了去班夫國家公園,還買了哥倫比亞大冰原 (Columbia Icefield)、冰川天空步道 (Glacier Skywalk)船遊明尼旺卡湖 (Banff lake cruise) 的三合一套票。卡加利到班夫國家公園的車程僅一小時,但由於哥倫比亞冰原及冰川天空步道距離較遠,所以我們第一天一早就先開車朝哥倫比亞冰原前進。 Click to read more!