The Canadian Rockies // WANDERLUST WEDNESDAY

I haven’t even properly done the Rocky Mountains in my own country, yet I’m all but dying to see them in Canada – how does that work?

I’ll tell you how. It’s called, Lindsay’s a sucker for wicked-bright blue bodies of water. Obviously tropical beaches, but also lakes nestled amidst glorious mountains. The Canadian Rockies fit the latter bill, what with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.

Banff National ParkPhoto credit: Lucid Practice

Banff, Canada - Canadian RockiesPhoto credit: MBPITW

So here’s what I want to do. I want to embark on (at least!) a week-long roadtrip through Banff National Park (see above) and Jasper National Park (see below). I want to pitch my tent in the forest, on a lake positioned so that when I open the front flap, I can see the mountains reflecting in the water. I’ll wake up early and spend each day hiking, stand up paddle boarding, and taking hundreds of pictures; then wind down the day making dinner over the campfire and stargazing after dark.

Seriously, why don’t they make the parks like this around New York? Sure, I can hike and camp just outside the city, but the landscape doesn’t even come close to the level of epic-ness of the Canadian Rockies.

Jasper National Park, Canadian RockiesPhoto credit: Globe Images

Jasper National ParkPhoto credit: Jesse’s Trip Of A Lifetime

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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  • Katie McGrain

    My god does that look gorgeous. I always kind of cast Canada aside, I think because I assume it is so much like America, and its so close to my home (just a 45 minute drive over the border) that I never really choose to go. That being said, I would love to make an effort and check out those Canadian Rockies!

    • lindsaypunk

      Seriously!! I only made my first real trip across the border last year when I went to Montreal and I loved it so much! Banff has been on my radar for awhile, but flights there are alarmingly expensive from NYC for some reason… :(

  • Oh gosh, I have wanted to go to the Rockies too foreverrrrr!

    • lindsaypunk

      YES YES YES! Ditto!