Chasing waterfalls in the Canadian Rockies
We abandoned our annual overseas travel adventure, because of the pandemic, to celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary locally. We embarked on a ten-day driving trip through the Rockies to Banff and Jasper – a trip we had made 25 years ago with our 3 young children at the time, en route to Drumheller, but now undertook with just the two of us.
We relied on our trusty SatNav to guide us to our first port of call; Grace’s Bed and Breakfast in Sorrento, and were surprised when we were informed, “you have arrived at your destination” as at that point, there was nothing but bush along the highway.
Turned out that the B&B was 100 metres up the road from where our SatNav said, and was accessed by a small dirt track.
The accommodation was beautiful, and our hosts were lovely. And we had the entire place to ourselves.
Here we stopped for our main hike of the day to the top of the mountain in Mount Revelstoke National Park. It summits at 6,360 feet but, don’t worry, you can drive to near the top and hike up the last kilometre for the spectacular views. Between the many sunny breaks, we did see a little precipitation in the form of snow, so dress accordingly!
After our hike, we continued on to Golden, overnighting in another lovely B&B, the Tschurtschenthaler Lodge.
We sought tips from our host for places to stop en route to Lake Louise. She suggested three points of interest, starting with a visit to Wapta Falls. It’s about a 2.5 km hike in to see the falls, but well worth the walk.
From there we carried on to Emerald Lake and enjoyed walking the 5 km loop around the lake. Then on to our final stop of the day, Takakkaw Falls – a truly spectacular setting.