Planning a good vacation takes time. In this blog we share our own experience with places we did go to, like and suggest. All itineraries are self-guided. The blog expresses our own opinion you may not agree with. You are welcome to comment, but we reserve the right not to publish your comments if we don't like them. If you see prices, such as admission fees, mentioned in a post, keep in mind that they could have changed since the post was published, and simply double check at the origin.
Crocodile Bridge in Tarcoles
You cannot miss it, - it's about 1 hour drive from the airport. You drive on Costanera Sur watching for "Tarcoles" sign, and once you see the bridge with people walking on both sides and looking down at the river, that is it. Park the car before the bridge, or right after it. Before the bridge there are restaurants and souvenir shops, and you can park for free, but don't waste too much daylight - it's still a long drive.
Lake Louise Inn The Weather network was trying to scare us all week long, but the 1st and only bad day in fact was our day at Lake Louise. We woke up with the news that it's gonna be 30 cm of snow today, and it seemed to be true once we looked through the window. Svetlana did not feel very well, and we decided to take advantage of the nice hotel room and wait it out. As a matter of fact, we actually consider ourselves lucky with the weather during this trip, because apparently heavy snow storms and road closures are very usual thing for Banff and Lake Louise in the beginning of June. This time it was only this one questionable day, but even this day wasn't actually that bad because after 3PM the snow finally stopped, and we decided to try to complete our Lake Louise program at least to as much as possible extent. Morain Lake It was already deep afternoon, and as we kind of already took a brief look at the Lake Louise yesterday, we decided to re-prioritize and
Day 1: Calgary to Banff Flair Airlines Waterloo airport is almost around the corner from our place, so we decided to take advantage and found a direct flight from Waterloo to Calgary with Flair Airlines. The picture is taken about 45 minutes from destination (Calgary), - you can see the Canadian Rockies chain at the horizon. Rent a car in Calgary airport and drive to Banff A few scenic lookouts on the way. About half hour before Banff there is a toll booth on the highway at the National Park entrance, where we simply showed our Discovery pass, and after 2 hours drive from Calgary International Airport we were finally in Banff. We bought Discovery pass online a few days before the trip, and the price was exactly as if we would overall pay daily, but the pass is valid for the entire year and for all Canadian National parks, so it makes sense to get it if you plan to visit more than one. Do it way in advance because it comes in mail, and I am not sure that Canada Post works
Day 2 - Banff With all coronavirus restrictions popping up here and there, to be on a safe side, we decided to book at least some activities in advance this time and purchased online a Banff Ultimate Explorer Combo which includes Banff Gondola, Columbia Icefield and Minnewanka Lake Cruise. We are early birds, plus 2 hours time zone difference, so we woke up early and had some time before the 1st adventure. Surprise Corner Yesterday, when we were at the Bow Falls Viewpoint we figured that there must be something interesting across the river, and it turned out to be completely fair assumption. Right after breakfast we drove to the Surprise Corner and found there a nice tiny parking lot, trail head and the iconic view of the Fairmont hotel: After taking a couple of selfies for the report to our daughter we still had about an hour to spare before Gondola upload time, and we took the trail, where we enjoyed the morning Bow River from a different perspective Banff Gondo