If you’re a fan of the outdoors and appreciate natural beauty then I urge you to add Alberta to your travel bucket list. In 2015, I ventured over to Canada for the first time and two years later, I still can’t get our trip out of my head. I was never much of an adventurer growing up but since marrying a Bear Grylls in the making, I’m an outdoors convert. Here are some of my favourite moments from our time in Alberta Canada.
If you have the time, then hire a car, if only for a portion of your Canadian adventure. The roads from British Columbia to Alberta are the best I’ve come across. Plus there’s no traffic, you’re more or less restricted to one road, everyone drives safely and the views are every bit as spectacular in person as they appear in your car wing mirror.
We visited Alberta Canada in May and despite hearing rumblings of bear sightings, never in a million years did we expect to see any. It’s worth bearing in mind that May is when bears come out of hibernation. That being said, May and June is the best time of year to visit weather wise. The snow has more or less melted and the temperatures are warm without being stifling. We did see a lot of bears on our travels but they were at a comfortable distance mostly. Also they are also absolutely fascinating to watch and a joy to capture on film.
Every country boasts a lake or two to its name but nowhere has lakes more spectacular than Canada. This photo was taken midway through our hike of the ‘Five Lakes’, my favourite hiking trail. Despite getting a tad lost along the way, it didn’t matter because every lake we encountered, was pretty damn stunning.
Spring evenings in Alberta are best spent outdoors. Whilst there’s a definite chill to the air, sipping your aperitivo in front of an open fire, staring at the most beautiful landscape is what I would call pretty special.
If you get the opportunity to visit a glacier then do it. We stumbled upon the Athabasca Glacier en route to Jasper and couldn’t say no. This is one of the largest non-polar ice fields in the world and boarding the Ice Explorer to the glacier, is a memorable experience in itself. Once you arrive, you have 20 minutes or so to walk on, feel and even drink from the Glacier.
If you love hiking then the Canadian Rockies are calling your name! Hand on heart, they have some of the most incredible hiking trails in the world. We spent a lot of time in Jasper and Banff and were blown away on every single hike we did.
I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane and that my photos go some way towards swaying you into visiting Alberta Canada. If you are tempted, then I recommend flying into Vancouver first and spending a few nights there before crossing through British Columbia and heading on to Alberta. Vancouver is one of my favourite cities in the world, so if you do find yourself here then feel free to check out my Vancouver Tips.
Have you visited Alberta Canada before?