When it comes to hiking, I’m all about bang for your buck. Meaning it’s more about the scenic rewards that await than it is about the challenge of the journey to get to them. Which is why the Valley of the 5 Lakes Trail in Jasper National Park, Alberta was one of my favourites: this one hike brought us to not one but five jewel-coloured lakes, and it wasn’t even that difficult, which is my idea of a perfect trail. Here’s what you can expect if you go.
It’s home to grandiose hotels where it costs a King’s ransom to stay, offers pricey gondolas to transport visitors to its most picturesque viewpoints, and absolutely teems with international tourists who flood here every year. No, it’s not Venice, Italy – it’s Banff National Park, Canada. Like Venice, it’s a one-of-a-kind destination, which is exactly why you should visit.
If your idea of the perfect road trip is one that takes you through snow-capped mountains and beautiful valleys with stunning sights along the way, you’ll probably agree that the Icefields Parkway in Alberta is one of THE most scenic drives in Canada.
Read about Alberta: Canada’s wild west province, with its cowboy culture, prairie ranch lands, oil-fuelled urban centres and majestic Rocky Mountains.