Canada Day One: Peyto Lake and Lake Louise. Tate and I flew into Kalispell, Montana on Thursday afternoon and rented a car to drive up to BANFF, Canada. We'll be here for a couple of days before we head back down to Glacier National Park, but I'm thinking we may never leave!
We started off the morning by driving past BANFF and Lake Louise up to Peyto Lake. It's a popular destination, although there's a trail off the beaten path (here's how we found it) that led us up a few switchbacks to this spectacular viewpoint:
Happy we escaped the hordes of tourists! Our hiking friend from Germany joined us (we met her in the parking lot) for the hike up to an old fire lookout. There was no one there except the three of us! We stayed here for about a half hour taking pictures and soaking in the blue glacier water. Peyto Lake is up on the list, guys! I've never seen water like this.
After Peyto Lake we drove back down to Lake Louise. We hiked up to Fairview Lookout to get a grand view of the famous hotel, Chateau on Lake Louise. Again, that water!!
We splurged and rented canoes on Lake Louise because it's been on my bucket list since the last time we were here in the winter. The canoe rental was for an hour so we paddled across the entire lake and enjoyed the scenery all around us.
If you're at Lake Louise, go in the canoes! It did not disappoint, and it was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of all of the tourists wandering the area around the lodge. We ate dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant in the town of BANFF and headed back to our hotel in Canmore. Canada has stolen my heart!