As some of you may know, I’m a huge advocate for playing tourist in your own backyard. We tend to take those things that are immediately available to us for granted, to the point where most people don’t even know their own city that well. It blows my mind that some people don’t adventure around their home province or country. There is so much to see and do at your fingertips! And, if you are lucky, you’ll stumble across some pretty incredible surprises. Case in point, my roadtrip to Banff a couple of weeks ago.
Now to be fair, it’s a bit of a stretch to lump Banff into my “backyard” since it is about a 4 hour drive from Edmonton but I just can’t help myself here. I have previously raved about how awesome the Icefield Parkway is (the highway that runs between Banff and Jasper). It is probably my favourite highway to take whenever possible and it makes for the most epic roadtrip. Despite having been to Banff several times over the past couple of years, I had yet to adventure through the Park during the winter, much less take the Icefield Parkway. Luckily for us, the weather was phenomenal when we were in Banff a couple of weeks ago which meant that the Parkway was actually open and we could take it on the way home. While taking the Parkway can be a little dicey during the winter as nasty storms can roll in with little warning and leave you stranded, the weather and road conditions were definitely in our favour. Given the excellent weather, my boyfriend and I decided to take the Icefield Parkway home. Best. Decision. Ever.
Our little adventure through the mountains was a huge eye opener for me. I have definitely taken being so close to the mountains for granted, especially during the winter months. The Rocky Mountains are absolutely stunning during the summer, but not nearly as epic as they are during the winter. My mind was absolutely blown away by the sheer beauty of our mountains during the winter months. Luckily, I remembered my camera gear and was able to get a few snaps in.
I think the moral of this story is to seriously get out there and explore your backyard throughout the entire year! While I know that Rocky Mountains are pretty darn epic, I certainly was not expecting them to be nearly as incredible as what I witnessed during this roadtrip.