Alberta is the sixth largest province, located in the western part of Canada, with British Columbia to the west, and Saskatchewan to the east. It measures just over 660,000 square kilometers (over 250,000 square miles) in size, and is home to over 4 million people! The Canadian Rockies can be found in part of Alberta, which is mainly where I explored, around Banff National Park & Jasper National Park.
Best Time to Visit & Climate The best time to travel to Alberta, depends on your interests and activities you'd like to experience! Would you rather see turquoise lakes, or snow-covered mountains? Would you rather ski or hike? There isn't a real "low season" here, due to the ski season! There is also a chance you can see the Aurora Borealis all year-round, though it isn't often you see them around the areas I traveled.
High Season (summer): June through August, the crowds start to come in due to warmer weather/hiking season (especially by late July & August), and prices are at their highest. The lakes are at their most vibrant state, especially in July and August. The high temperature can be as high as 23-30°C (68-80°F), and can get to a low of 7-10°C (45-50°F).
High Season (winter): December through March, the crowds are present due to snow/ski season, and prices are high. Many roads are closed due to the threat of an avalanche. The high temperature can be as high as -4 - -1°C (30-40°F), and can get to a low of -13 - -8°C (8-18°F) .
Shoulder Season (spring): April through May, the crowds are much less existent, and cost of accommodation is lower. Some roads are still closed due to the threat of an avalanche. Ski season is coming to an end. The high temperature can be as high as 10-17°C (50-60°F), and can get to a low of -2 - -3°C (28-38°F).
Shoulder Season (autumn): September through November, the crowds are much smaller, and the cost of accommodation is lower. The leaves begin to change color, but there can also be blizzards this time of year. The high temperature can be as high as 3-18°C (38-64°F, and to a low of 4- -8°C (17-39°F).
I traveled to Alberta in late June/early July, and I had days that were 32°F and snowing, and then other days were almost 90°F and very hot! Needless to say, no matter what season you go to the Canadian Rockies, be sure to dress in layers!!
Banff National Park The oldest national park in Canada, is the beautiful Banff National Park that was established in 1885. This UNESCO World Heritage Site measures over 6,640 square kilometers (over 2,560 square miles) in size. Between the beautiful jagged mountains made of shale & limestone, countless lakes, flowing glaciers, ice fields, winding rivers, alpine forests, and incredible wildlife, Banff is a place you do not want to miss! Each time you think you have seen the most amazing landscape, you turn a corner and are blown away, again, and again! Moraine Lake, Vermilion Lakes, Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, and Lake Louise are just a few of the many spots I explore, around Banff National Park!
Moraine Lake Lodge I have dreamt about witnessing the beauty of Moraine Lake and staying at Moraine Lake Lodge, for years! When I first arrived in Banff, I had the pleasure of staying here for three days in room #25, located in the main lodge!! It was everything I ever imagined, including a wonderful view of the ten peaks from my balcony! The food was delicious, the service was so prompt, and the views were priceless. It was nice to be able to wake up first thing in the morning before sunrise, and feel like you had the entire lodge to yourself! I had such a beautiful experience staying at Moraine Lake Lodge, and would absolutely recommend it to everyone!
Jasper National Park Welcome to the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National park! Established in 1907, this UNESCO World Heritage Site measures around 11,000 square kilometers (4,200 square miles) in size, and has some of the most incredible wildlife! Driving the Icefields Parkway is one of the most stunning drives in the Canadian Rockies. Maligne Lake, Medicine Lake, Spirit Island, Athabasca Falls, and Sunwapta Falls are a few of the many spots I explored around Jasper! The beauty of the glaciers, alpine forests, snow-tipped mountains, vivid lakes, and swirling rivers is extremely overwhelming. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to stop, take in the fresh air, and admire the beautiful landscapes!
Banff Aspen Lodge As I made my way from Jasper back towards Banff, I had the pleasure of staying right along Banff Avenue! This picturesque little town had the most incredible views! The lodge is in an ideal location in the heart of Banff Avenue, and everywhere was within walking distance! My room was very comfortable, clean, and the service was wonderful! I loved the heated pool, hot tubs, and saunas!