Lake Louise - Alberta
After my trip to Jasper, Alberta last year, I have been itching to get back to the mountains. Thank goodness a last-minute work trip came up that allowed me to visit Calgary, so I flew in a few days early so that I could drive out to see Lake Louise.
A huge thank you to my friend Tehya & her husband for being my tour guides during my trip. Just over an hour outside of Calgary, we drove to the section of the mountains that holds Lake Louise. It is seriously one of the most beautiful drives into and through the mountains, I felt like I was a child again with my head out the window getting lost in the sights of the beautiful landscape.
When we arrived at Lake Louise, I could not get over the vibrancy of the water. It was so aqua green! I wish I had packed a swimming suit and dove in for a chilling yet refreshing swim but the mountains still had snow on them so I bet it was chill AF.
During the day we walked around the entire left side of the lake, it was simply so breathtaking as the mountains were getting decorated in the setting sun. Next time I go I would love to rent a canoe and explore more of the lake but I highly suggest not going on a weekend as the area was extremely busy with tourists.
The following day I was able to go to the Calgary Stampede which was on my bucket list. I had packed my vintage cowboy boots, and the biggest Coup de Tete hat I could find. I was dying over all the hot cowboys and them serving that western realness. One of my favorite areas was the Elbow River Camp. In this camp, I was able to experience the cultures of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai, Tsuut'ina and Stoney Nakoda First Nations. The hand-painted tipis were so inspiring to see in person.
As always I wish I had a few more days to explore but that just means I need to go back soon!