Before I left for New Zealand, I didn’t appreciate Canada the way the rest of the world does. I read that Canada was voted one of the top country’s to travel in 2017, and for good reason.
Our gigantic mountains, emerald lakes, mesmerizing forests, and brilliant wildlife make for beautiful road trips. I only learned this after leaving the country, and learning that home still needs to be explored, just like the rest of the world.
Jessica wanted to see the mountains, so we went to the mountains.
On the way out there, we stopped at Johnston Canyon first. I had never been here but we had heard lots about it. It seems to be a popular stop for those people heading out from Calgary.
Moraine Lake should have been the first place I took Jess. If you search “Canada” in Google images, Moraine Lake accumulates to 3 out of the first 15 pictures. Most of the other 12 are either the Canadian flag, or a map of Canada. Moraine Lake is probably the most iconic place in Canada. It is also the most overpopulated with tourists.
Another place Jess wanted to see was Jasper. I couldn’t remember ever going there – because I hadn’t yet. I thought that I undoubtedly must have went with my family when I was young. Nope! I’ve lived in Alberta for 24 years and never had I ever been out there.
The drive out to Jasper is called the Icefield Parkway because of all the glaciers and shit. It was spectacular, but we couldn’t get good photos because of the fog and how far away the glaciers were. I guess you will just have to drive out there yourself to take a look!
Maligne Canyon was our favourite place. You pass it on the way to the insanely touristy Maligne Lake. The Canyon is definitely worth a stop!
The signs around the canyon walk explain how the canyon was carved from the water cutting through the rock over thousands of years. It’s easy for anyone to become interested in the geology of things when something so spectacular is right in your face!
When we finally made it to Maligne Lake we were hindered by rain and fog. We will have to take another trip out there to see why everyone loves it so much.
There’s tons to see just driving to Jasper. We highly recommend it!
Later on we went East and visited Drumheller. We went to the Royal Tyrrell Museum and learned if you go in the out doors it is free. It’s so nice that they have free attractions in Drumheller.
We also made some friends down at Prince’s Island Park.
Alberta is a very beautiful place and after exploring it a little bit, I began to appreciate where I come from. After finally noticing how lucky we are to be here, it makes it easier being back. Although, I think I’d rather live in the mountains than live in the city. Who knows, maybe we will end up out there.