Be safe, have fun and make your own motto along the way!
This trip our motto was “See What Happens & Just Go With It!”
TOP 4 must see places in Western Canada
Lussier Hot Spring (British Columbia)
Lussier Hot Springs by the Whiteswan Forestry Road by a short hike down to the Lussier River. One of the few remaining undeveloped hot springs just inside Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park in British Columbia. It is a treacherous drive along a mountain ridge to arrive there, but it is definitely worth it. You can smell the sulphur but you quickly get used to it. Warning: any silver jewelry you wear will blacken in the hot springs, best to take off all gold and silver before going for a dip. Wear your bathing suit under your snow gear for the hike down to the springs from the parking area. In the winter-time, we alternated between laying or crossing the freezing cold river to jumping back into the hot springs. It is exhilarating and makes your skin tingle all over! Highly recommended!
Where to eat?
From Scratch at Fairmont Hot springs is a restaurant specializing in making things from scratch! From Scratch – A Mountain Kitchen, is a market bistro that is a delight for food lovers offering delicious, fresh and seasonal products to dine in, take out or shop away. We stopped here after the hot springs.
Panorama (British Colombia)
Panorama has some of the best views and skiing in the Rockies! I had the best day on the slopes at Panorama. Super easy to get ski or snowboard rental too. Even if you are a total beginner, Panorama has something great for you. Trust yourself, you can do it! (Here’s a guide if you are totally new to skiing mountains, like I was!).
The Skywalk was closed in the Wintertime! Visit in the summer to experience an adventurous view of the mountains! Go out on the glass if you dare, – it’s a fully-accessible, cliff-edge walkway that extends along the Sunwapta Valley. Note: The Skywalk is closed in the Wintertime! Visit in the summer to experience an adventurous view of the mountains!
Columbia Icefield Glacier (Alberta, on the drive to Jasper)
Highway 93 through the Rocky Mountains is said to be the most scenic highway in the world and it is true. The stunning beauty of the Canadian Rockies is on full display throughout this entire drive. Be aware and be prepared. While driving through the heart of the rockies there is no cell phone service. You’ll also want to ensure a full tank of gas before making this trip. In the summertime the risk of animals and falling rock is a reality. Take a lot of snacks and water. In the Wintertime, avalanches, ice and road accidents are something to be alert for. Only use designated rest stops or road pull-offs: the risk of avalanche is high in the Wintertime and you want to avoid stopping along this highway for long. The Colombia Ice Field is awe-inspiring.
The Columbia Icefield is the largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains of North America. Located in the Canadian Rockies astride the Continental Divide along the border of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, the ice field lies partly in the northwestern tip of Banff National Park and partly in the southern end of Jasper National Park. Formed during the great glaciation, it never fully melts. In the summer a tour bus takes you up the ice road to the top. Here are photos of the Athabasca Glacier taken at sunset on my recent trip. It sure is a wonder.
Bridal Veil Falls (on the road to Jasper, Alberta)
Breathtaking in the summer or winter! Bridal Veil Falls is a great stop on the way to Jasper Alberta. Walk a winding trail to see the falls. In the Winter, we were able to scale a hillside and cross the base of the frozen falls to hike in behind the frozen ice.
Running water still drips over the edge to form frozen heaps of ice and snow. Snowshoes or shoe grips are a bonus for this trek in the winter, although it is still relatively easy to get to the frozen falls without extra footwear. Snow can get deep (up to a few feet deep) so be sure to have good snow pants.