BANFF SUSTAINABILITY AND BEST HIKES
Updated: Jun 29, 2020
Your how to guide on being a bad ass in BANFF, Alberta.
Do any of you know what a BAMF is? It stands for Bad A*s Mother Fu**er, and this is exactly how I felt when I was in Banff, Alberta.
Banff National Park and the town have a focus on sustainability by keeping its wildlife and people safe. This emphasis makes it one of the cleanest places I have ever seen, as well as an outdoor fairytale to play in.
SUSTAINABILITY IN BANFF
Banff is located in Alberta, Canada.
It is Canada's first protected National Park.
It is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
All businesses in Banff are encouraged to include energy efficient features.
Utilities are billed by usage, so you can save money by conserving water.
Wildlife may come through the town - whether to move through the valley, look for food, or protection.
When you see wildlife in town, keep a distance and do not entice them with food.
The town is covered with bear proof trash cans.
There are over 100 trails in Banff ranging in difficulty, accessibility, and distance.
Every day my group and I would complete a hike or trail and would leave in awe of the natural splendor surrounding us. If you are visiting for a few days, here are the top hikes and trails to visit in the winter.
WINTER HIKES AND TRAILS
You could easily spend a few hours exploring the Johnston Canyon Trail. We took our sweet time getting up to the falls and had fun taking pictures along the way.
The icicles and waterfalls up the canyon were really insane! I had never seen something like this up so close.
We weren't quite tired by the end of this trail and decided to head to nearby Marble Canyon.
In comparison to Johnston Canyon, Marble Canyon is a short hike. We decided to snow shoe through it.
Some areas were steep making it a bit difficult to get through without spikes, but it was doable.
Moraine Lake and Lake Louise were both frozen during our time in Banff. This meant you could walk on the Lake's, which is quite scary! I held back from being on the ice too long, but lots of folks were walking around without worry. Both lakes are places I would want to return to in the Spring. I was hoping in December, I would be able to see the alluring blues of the water I had seen in pictures, but not the case (although still worth it to visit).
Lake Louise offers so many trails and activities! We cross country skied around the lake and had a fantastic experience.
We stayed on trail to the waterfalls at the end of the lake, and some of the group cross country skied via the lake on the way back. This was mortifying to me as some of the ice was a lot thinner!
I stayed on trail because I was too scared to fall through. When I checked in with my friends after we were all back on land, they said there was certain areas that were freaky to be on. If you choose to go deep into the lake, it is up to you and your comfort level. For me, it just wasn't worth it to do it all the way. I figured with my luck, I might sink and I was not ready for that!
Other activities on Lake Louise include ice skating, playing hockey, or walking through the trails.
Completing hikes each day and seeing these incredible view in person made me feel like a bad a*s (probably partly because of the endorphins...which I am totally fine with).
Banff is an excellent mix of beauty, excitement, and physical activity. If you want to spend a few days in the outdoors, this is the perfect spot!
P.S. While were in Banff, the #BucketListFamily gave out a trip to Banff as their 12 days of Christmas gift. This made me even more certain that we picked the right place to visit. If the Bucket List Family is doing it, then we must be on the right track!