Now that I’m home from Canada, I thought I’d do a full trip recap all about our experience visiting Alberta, Canada. I have never had more requests for a trip review than this one! Also, we VLOGed this trip (video footage) so I combined it all and made it into a mini movie so you get a better idea of everything! You can watch it at the end of this post.
First things first.. we flew Tulsa > Dallas > Calgary. The flight from Dallas to Calgary was 4 hours. Just a reminder that this is out of the US so you must have your passport and plan time to go through customs. I always forget about customs (aka packing a black or blue pen for filling out the form!!).
Thanks to AVIS, we had a super cool SUV – the BMW X3. It was perfect for our luggage and for cruising around the mountains. Our experience with AVIS was super simple since we booked it online ahead of time. They were easy to work with & we didn’t have any issues!
I think many people think of Calgary and the immediately think ‘Banff’ – which Banff is beautiful but I was REALLY glad we stayed at Lake Louise instead. We stayed at the Fairmont Chateau in Lake Louise. I think it was a little more expensive but for us it was worth it because we didn’t want to deal w/the traffic & crowds in Banff – we liked being able to walk outside right to the lake or downstairs to grab dinner or breakfast. Banff was about 40 minutes away so we only went through to get souvenirs one night – it was SOO busy there. It is more of a ‘town’ as opposed to Lake Louise is more chill and simple. Also, if the price is an issue – I will say that the canoe rides are $85 a person?!?! And if you stay at the Fairmont Lake Louise it is complimentary & the canoe ride is a must. ALSO, when you go to eat a meal, you don’t have to wait in line if you are staying there, you get to bypass the tourists.
There are charter buses full of people coming in ALL day long so it does get a little crowded at Lake Louise. We learned that it was best to get up early to see the sun rise and beat the crowds. Its SO hard to get a photo if you get out there at 9am!
As for weather – we didn’t pack warm enough clothing. The mornings and evenings were are in the 30s but during the day it was in the 60-70s – so if you are sitting in the shade its a little chilly. Definitely pack clothing that can be layered!
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