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Trip Report Beautiful Short Hikes at the Canadian Rockies

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We had an awesome time in the Canadian Rockies last week (mid-June 2016). We visited three National Parks in Canada (Jasper, Banff, Kootenay) to see amazing glacial blue waters in calm lakes, blue waterfalls rushing through narrow canyons, tall snow-capped mountains making up the Continental Divide, and massive glacial icefields.

We started our journey in Jasper, driving down the scenic Icefields Parkway and stopping along the way at 3 places for short hikes. We saw 2 beautiful blue rushing waterfall stops and all its related features and a massive glacier. Year markers indicate where the glacier was in 1942 then 1982. It was amazing to see how much has receded in just a few years.

In Banff, we hiked the shoreline trail of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Both are short hikes (less than 3 miles long) but give amazing views of blue waters and the snow-capped mountains (and glaciers) around it. Lake Louise reflected its glacier Victoria Glacier in its waters. After the calm waters of the lakes, we headed to Johnston Canyon to see the rushing waters of the 7 waterfalls that make their way through this narrow canyon that you can walk through on a suspended catwalk.

On our way out of Banff, we stopped at Kootenay National Park to stand in 2 provinces at a time at the Continental Divide marker. East of the Continental Divide, water flows into the Atlantic Ocean, west of the Divide, water flows into the Pacific Ocean. Just a few miles from the Continental Divide, we hiked Marble Canyon where 6 bridges criss-cross a narrow deep canyon (maybe 100 ft deep?) with rushing blue waters flowing through it. Really neat place for the short trail (1 mile) that we had to do to see it all.

I feel like we have only scratched the surface of this beautiful place, and I hope to return to explore further.

For pictures and further information on our trip, feel free to check out my blog:
http://www.budgettravelwithkids.com/blog/banff-national-park-alberta-canada/

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