Banff Nat'l Park: Run & Hike

Lake Louise

Time to go camping in Banff Nat'l Park! And to run, of course! After running through our campground over to the tent campground where it's enclosed by an electric fence because of bears, I ran back along the Bow River to complete a 10K. We are in Canada after all so kilometers it is! I haven't seen a bear yet, but later I saw a coyote (update: my first thought was that it was a wolf because it was big, but I don't know) run by our campsite!

Mirror Lake
I cleaned up and my husband and I hiked up a mountain to go to Lake Agnes Tea House where I drank a chai latte. Those are so good, but especially after climbing up 2.2 miles. Ok, we're back to miles now! We stopped off to enjoy pretty Mirror Lake along the way - all except for the skeeters and flies. I forgot the mosquito spray again!

Lake Louise
Later, I had some delicious cranberry walnut quinoa salad from Laggan's bakery in Lake Louise Village. After the hilly hike and getting a sore knee, I decided to not run the next day, but two days later, all was well.

Moraine Lake
One day, we drove up to Jasper Nat'l Park and stopped at many spots along the way. I wish I'd had my camera for my favorite: Athabasca Falls - not to be missed if you drive between Banff and Jasper Park.

Bow River Run

I'm running my 17th marathon this Sunday in Missoula, Montana. Can't wait!

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  1. Your trip sounds wonderful! Have a great race!

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    1. Staying at the Lake Louise Trailer campground in our RV turned out to be a good central location for seeing the lakes and driving around. Thanks!

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  2. I've never been to Banff but it's on my wish list! Good luck and have fun at your marathon! I will be in Montana when the Montana Marathon in Billings (I think?) is going on and briefly considered doing the half, but it would be out of our way.

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    1. We stopped to eat at the Pizza Ranch (buffet) and to shop at Lowes and Walmart in Billings. Hopefully, you'll find another race for your vacation.

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  3. Having an electric fence around the campsite to keep the bears out is a great idea! I don't camp but I have some friends who are camping through several national parks this summer and they said the campsites all have these lock boxes for them to put their food in so the bears don't smell it an come wondering on to the site!

    Seeing a coyote would be frightening!
    Good luck with the marathon!

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    1. We've seen lots of bear boxes on this trip in the campgrounds, but this is the first bear fence I've seen. There was a long wild animal fence along the highway in Canada somewhere between Calgary and Banff, too. Thx!

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  4. All of your photos look so surreal, like they could be oil paintings or something. Such pretty scenery! Good luck on your marathon on Sunday. Have a great race!!

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    1. It's hard to pick my favorite photos to post. I only wish I hadn't forgotten to bring my phone/camera for the Athabasca Falls!

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  5. Welcome to Canada my friend! Wow, I have never made it to Banff, but it's gorgeous. Having studied environmental studies in University, I always thought that if I went out west, I'd never come back! Looking at those Mountains it's probably still true! I'm glad you didn't encounter and bears, but coyotes can be scary to (if you see them in a pack). Looks like your trip is amazing! I hope you enjoy Canada!

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    1. We loved our trip in Canada and only wish we would have seen a bear - from a safe distance in the car, though!

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  6. So beautiful up there! My husband asked me to marry him at Lake Louise :) Happy times.
    I am loving your adventures!

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    1. What a beautiful place for a proposal!

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  7. Beautiful, welcome to Canada :)

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    1. Surprised to see familiar places like Arby's & Dairy Queen there!

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  8. Lake Louise is beautiful. Look at the color of that water! Good luck with your marathon. What will the temperature be for your race?

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    1. Looks like 50-80s. Hopefully, no smoky air from recent fires!

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  9. Gorgeous photos! Looks like a very enjoyable trip.

    Good luck in your marathon!

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    1. Thanks! It's about time to start thinking about all of the things I need to get out for race morning like gels and my anti-chafing stick.

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  10. Love the pics! Banff is on my bucket list of places to go! Enjoy your trip! It looks so beautiful there!!

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    1. Surprised we found a campsite at such late notice!

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  11. I have loved looking at all of your pictures! Such gorgeous country and creation where you are traveling! I know you'll do well Sunday so run happy and take it all in!!! Look forward to hearing all about it!

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    1. Seeing the mountains and the waterfalls and lakes has been great! I've probably rested more before this marathon than any other (except for the hiking and running up hills) so we'll see how that works out!

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  12. Wow, so beautiful!! I haven't been to western Canada, but it's high on my list. Hope you are having a lovely time! :)

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    1. The border crossing was much easier than I imagined so that was a happy surprise!

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  13. Great pictures! The vast amount of land and undisturbed beauty always amazes when I get to the great north west :) I am glad the knee issues did not linger. I hope you had a great marathon experience, I can't wait to hear about it :)

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  14. I feel like a broken record when I comment here but that scenery is sooooo pretty!! But yikes about the bears! At least there's a fence!

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