When you look across thousands of miles of snow-capped peaks, it’s hard to forget how beautiful the world is.
From the top of Mount Sulfur – 8,000 feet in the sky – I was standing on cloud nine as I gazed at the frost-covered pines of Banff National Park.
This is one of five National Parks in Alberta where I went on a most enjoyable tour Canada’s rugged forests, glacial lakes and rich wildlife.
But our trip began in the bustling city of Calgary, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.
From here, you can escape city life and immerse yourself in the beating heart of Canada’s wildlife for a few hours.
In the middle of the city is Studio Bell, a museum dedicated to the fascinating history of Canada’s music and a must-see for Rolling Stones fans Who can visit the band’s portable recording studio since 1968.
You’ll also never be short of restaurant options in the city. Be sure to check out Una Pizza & Wine on 17th Avenue, which serves San Francisco-inspired snacks with a Canadian twist.
We tried the Beltline – a double bacon, fennel sausage and smoked mozzarella pizza infused with maple syrup.
Wash it all down with a bottle of orange liqueur or, if you’re in for a stronger hangover, venture 40 miles down the road to the Eau Claire distillery.
Nestled in the Turner Valley, this is Alberta’s first independent distillery and produces a wide range of deliciously flavored gins as well as vodkas and whiskeys.
However, the real fun begins when you venture out of the city.
Heading towards the Rocky Mountains, we passed the Unesco World Heritage Site of the Buffalo Jump (yes, that’s what it really is).
It’s one of the “buffalo jumping grounds” nearby, so named because the cliffs were once used by indigenous peoples to hunt buffalo or bison.
This is not a place for history buffs to miss as our guide takes us 9,000 years back in time to teach us the unique way the Blackfoot tribe hunted the beasts by luring them out. off the edge of the cliff.
Not many buffaloes roam the land now, but the rocky landscape is still an incredible sight.
As you head deeper into the Rocky Mountains, there’s plenty to keep nature lovers satisfied, including mountain biking trails through the woods, horseback riding in the snow, and long walks around Lake Waterton .
Wild deer walking through the window
And when you’ve unleashed your adventure in the wilderness, there’s no better way to recharge your batteries than at the outdoor spa at Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, which offers stunning views of the alpine peaks.
Our home for the rest of the trip was the Bayshore Inn, which kept us packed with action.
Wildlife sightings are common in this fairy tale – and within a few days we encounter elk, mountain sheep, cougars and a moose.
While you’re here, reserve a table at the hotel’s lakeside restaurant, where you can enjoy steaks and mussels as wild deer stroll through the windows.
The final destination – and definite highlight – of our 11-day itinerary was Banff, home to the remarkable Lake Louise, where you can dine at The Fairview Bar and marvel at the true beauty. of nature.
Climbing to the top of Mount Sulfur, I gazed at the snowy cliffs that surrounded it, gazing out over the pristine parkland and steaming hot springs.
It wasn’t until I stood on the balcony at home – where only the neighbors’ apartments could be seen – that I returned to earth.
But, fortunately, the sight of the never-ending mountains and snow-covered trees is something that will stay with me forever.
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