In my search for someplace new to visit, Banff National Park immediately came to mind. I wanted to go somewhere scenic to capture amazing photos. I would always come across beautiful photos of Alberta, Canada on Instagram—so it’s always been on my radar.
When I finally had the opportunity to make the trip, I jumped on it! The only thing I worried about was flight costs. When I was looking to go, I was still handling post-production expenses for Join The Adventure: Belize. So, money was tight! But to my surprise, flights to Alberta were extremely cheap. I said to myself, “That’s it. I’m going to Banff.” Flights—BOOKED.
Banff is Canada’s first national park, established in 1885. This park encompasses various natural features like glaciers, icefields, and forests with a beautiful mountainous backdrop.
Since this wasn’t going to be a huge project, I only invited Jacob to come photograph… Initially. He agreed, but I couldn’t keep a trip like this from Tré. So, I extended the invitation to him as well—this would soon turn into a Belize reunion.
By the way, if you haven’t read the Belize pictorial, you can check it out here.
friends who travel.
I chose to fly into Calgary—just a short, one hour drive away from Banff National Park. I didn’t expect Calgary to be so beautiful though… Jacob and I had some time to explore while we waited for Tré to arrive.
The next day we got right to it! It was time to explore…
MUST KNOW: Banff National Park is freaking HUGE! The goal for day one was to reach Columbia Icefield to explore Athabasca Glacier—which is on the opposite end of the park. What I didn’t realize was that it would take all of 2 ½ hours to reach the opposite end of the park (without stopping)………. RIGHT.
Nevertheless, we began our journey up the Trans-Canada Highway to reach our destination. Of course, we made a couple stops along the way.
Unfortunately, this natural wonder is disappearing at an alarming rate—receding at about 16 feet per year. It’s lost almost half of its volume in the past 125 years—which is extremely concerning. Soon, this glacier will no longer be here for us to explore.
But there is good news in all of this… It’s still here. There’s still time for tourist to visit and safely explore Athabasca Glacier. So again, if you have the opportunity to visit, DO IT! It’s definitely one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever been to.
make the best of it.
On our last say in Alberta, we took some time to explore a few more spots that we didn’t have time to get to on our first day. Yes, a short trip—I know. But, we made the most of it.