- Posted July 24, 2012 by
Surrey, British Columbia
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Spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains
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The trip from Jasper to Banff is simply spectacular! The landscapes are out of this world, the mountains simply stunning, one marvel at how incredibly beautiful nature is around these areas.
Banff is again, a town that thrives on tourism, not because of its beauty or anything but because of winter sports. Summer is a season for tourists, of course, and just like Jasper souvenirs shops abound and overcrowding is the norm this time of year. Hotels are very expensive and fully booked. So, I continued on to Waterton Lakes. I was very impressed with this area; the Prince of Wales Hotel sits on top of a small mountain with an incredible view of the lake and the majestic mountains all around.
Lush vegetation, lots of wild animals abound here, brown bears, black bears, deer and elks are everywhere.
Having traveled all over the Rockies, and I must say, the roads in Alberta are simply marvelous, smooth as silk, speed limit is also very generous at 130km/h I decided to push north and spend some time in the Okanagan; Fruit and Wine country.
Being a semi desert, the heat was extreme, almost unbearable; a/c is a must, either in the car or Hotel rooms. I wandered from Osoyoos to Penticton, Kelowna, and Princeton, enjoying their wines and fresh fruits, slowly driving back home.
If you have never seen the Canadian Rocky Mountains, a trip such as the one I took is a must do, even if only once in a lifetime!
As someone once said: Travel West young man!