Adventure All The Way
Hop in, it is time to go on a road trip: let us tell you about the must-see places that you should stop at along the route through the Canadian Rocky Mountains between Vancouver and Calgary (another Edelweiss destination). Starting in Vancouver, we set off towards the north-east and a huge waterfall. From there, we take a dream-like road to a glacier, mountain lakes, and through Canada’s first national park – be sure to stop off for some short hikes. The route is just as worthwhile if you head westwards from Calgary.
What a Roar
The Helmcken Falls were discovered in 1913 during land surveys and are 600 km to the north-east of Vancouver. They got their name in memory of John S. Helmcken, a doctor who worked for the Hudson Bay Company. He is said to have never actually seen the 137-metre-high falls himself so be sure not to follow in his footsteps! The hike is only moderately difficult and perfectly doable. It takes about three hours from the car park within the Wells Gray Provincial Park. Start off through the woods, before continuing along the Murtle River. Not long after, you will already hear the roar of the water, soon to be followed by the spectacular view of Canada’s fourth highest waterfall.
A Turquoise Wonder
A day’s drive – about seven hours – further along the route, stand on the shores of the two-kilometre-long Lake Louise and you are sure to feel as if you have ended up in front of a photo mural depicting Canada. The turquoise water before the glacier-strewn mountain backdrop just looks too unreal, almost cheesy. The lake is at the foot of Mount Victoria, a little way from Lake Louise Village. You may be interested to know that there is a good reason why the water in this and many other lakes in the Rockies is such a bright colour: it is the result of the light filtering effect of rock flour in the glacial runoff in spring and summer and all the colours of the light except turquoise are absorbed.
The Grassi Lakes near Canmore – a little over 30 kilometres south of Banff – were named after miner and mountaineer Lorenzo Grassi, who established many of the region’s hiking trails. On your way to the two lakes, you will reach a fork where you have a choice between an easier route and a slightly harder and steeper one via a waterfall. The ‘easy’ option takes you on a roughly 45-minute trail through a coniferous forest to the lakes, where you can marvel at the lake whose water is so crystal-clear that you can see the bottom. You will often see climbers on the steep rock faces around the lakes.
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