A Few Days in Banff and Lake Louise

You can’t go wrong with a trip to the Rockies, and this road trip was an end of summer long weekend to Banff and Lake Louise. With stops in some icon locations with the most epic views, follow along for highlights of this quick trip to Banff and Lake Louise.

Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.

What to See in Banff and Lake Louise

Since we only had a limited time to make this trip to Banff and Lake Louise, we decided to fly into Calgary. If we had more time we would have made the Vancouver to Banff road trip which can be an adventure in itself.

When we arrived in Calgary, we rented a car and made our way to Banff. From there we spent our second night in Lake Louise before driving back to Calgary on our last day to catch our flight. It was definitely a whirlwind trip, but sometimes you just have to get away for the weekend.

Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.

We were lucky to have great weather, although there was a bit of smoke from wildfires in some places.

Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake is in Banff National Park and it is a must see. We went there for sunrise and the lake was calm creating beautiful reflections. Early in the morning there were hardly any people, however, by 10am the parking lot was closed because was so busy!! Make sure you go early if you visit in the peak season.

There are just so many things to do in Banff National Park. I need to get back with more time to fully explore this area.

Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.
Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.

Johnston Canyon

The next two photos are from Johnston Canyon. It is a really amazing area with lots of places to hike and a beautiful waterfalls. We were there at the end of August, so it was busy there, too.

Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.
Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.

All along the drive we saw so many places to pull over for photos…like these wildflowers that I made Josh pull over for.

Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.
Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.

I was so happy to see a deer! You know me…I love animals. It is always a treat to watch some wildlife (at a distance) when you get the chance.

Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.

Banff and Lake Louise Vlog

While I was on my trip to Banff and Lake Louise, I put together a road trip vlog with all the highlights. You can watch below or on YouTube directly for better quality.

Just another stop along the way to enjoy a beautiful sunset. One of my best road trip tips is to not be too scheduled with your itinerary so that you can just pull over when you see something that interests you.

Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.

Takakkaw Falls

Takakkaw Falls is in Yoho National Park and is in British Columbia. This waterfalls is huge and even where I am standing here I was getting wet from the mist.

Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.

Natural Bridge

This natural bridge is in Yoho National Park, too.  It was busy during the day so I would recommend hitting it at sunrise or early morning so that you can get out on the bridge without a lot of people in your photo.

Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.

Emerald Lake

This is Emerald Lake which is also in Yoho National Park. It is seriously beautiful and the most amazing green colour. You can expect this location to be busy in peak times, too.

Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.

Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake was like a dream at sunset!!! The smoke from a wildfire added a haze that seemed the grab all the colours. I love these photos. After we took photos we just sat and watched it until it was dark.

Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.
Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.

A huge thank you to Josh for all the images and coming with me on this trip! 

Lake Louise

Lake Louise is the most amazing blue green water and as you can guess, it was also so busy this time of year. Actually, year round Lake Louise is beautiful and so very different. This post provides some insight on the best time to visit Lake Louise.

Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.

We went really early before the sun was up. We arranged the day prior to rent a canoe for sunrise. The bonus was that we got breakfast with the canoe rental. I would definitely suggest doing this.

Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.

While this was just a quick weekend trip, I would love to plan another visit to do some in hiking in Lake Louise and the surrounding area.

Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.

Just another random shot along the way.   The smoke from the forest fires was really intense this day and also was block views of the mountains at some points.

Travel blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares about her weekend trip to Banff and Lake Louise with stops in many National Parks on this road trip.

Thanks for stopping by the blog to read about Banff and Lake Louise. Road trips in Canada are always the best way to see all the views.

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  1. Katelyn Chef wrote:

    Bella, with 100% honesty you have the best photos–all of your nature pictures always makes me just want to go somewhere! The blanket & the sunset photo is my fave! Happy Monday!–Katelyn/www.theyellowspectacles.com

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
  2. Beautiful pictures! And I love that road trippin top!

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
  3. Annaliese wrote:

    What a trip- wow!! I am always amazed in pictures of the color of the lakes there. So amazing! 🙂

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
  4. I went to Banff and Lake Louise a few years ago. It’s one of my favorite trips I’ve ever been on. Canada is so pretty.

    http://www.goldclutter.com

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
  5. Grace wrote:

    These pictures are BREATHTAKING! Seriously want to take a trip there.

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
  6. Tori Moore wrote:

    Banff is definitely on my list! These are such pretty pictures.

    Tori
    http://www.mooretori.com

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
  7. These photos are gorgeous! I really want to travel to Banff! It’s on my bucket list!
    -Nicholle
    http://www.nichollesophia.com

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
  8. Nika wrote:

    Gorgeous photos!

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
  9. Sydney Power wrote:

    I totally love all of these photos! So gorgeous!

    Posted 10.17.17 Reply
  10. Brandi Matthews wrote:

    Its crazy gorgeous there!!!! Loving those boots too!
    Happy Tuesday!!!
    Xx Brandi
    @brandirockmatthews
    http://www.brandilocks.com

    Posted 10.17.17 Reply
  11. Bernadette wrote:

    Amazing landscapes!

    Posted 10.17.17 Reply
  12. Seriously breathtaking backgrounds! Love your photos!

    Posted 10.18.17 Reply
  13. This looks like a magnificent place!!! Will have to be adding more to my travel list! haha thanks for sharing!

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
  14. These photos draw you in and make you want to go there! Wow amazing shots!

    Posted 10.20.17 Reply
  15. Wow! These photos are incredible. What beautiful places to visit! I’m also in love with your yellow sweater and the backpack. Yellow is my favorite color. Love it!

    Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  16. Macarena Ferreira wrote:

    These pics are absolutely incredible!!!! I would love to travel here one day, wow.

    xo // http://www.thematerialgirl.co

    Posted 10.26.17 Reply