I booked a trip to the Canadian Rockies on a whim. Impulse buy based on top of my bucket list wants.
TRIP COST FOR 2
Flight: $350 (DTW <> YYZ <> YYC)
Camping Gear: $200
Car Rental: $673
Per Person Total: $1529
Can I just say Prince Harry & the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle went there for their honeymoon - so it has to be beautiful! As I planned out our days, I realized lodging is super expensive. So, our only viable option was camping!
I bought and packed it all into a checked carry on bag:
We were planning to spend 11 days in the park, and tried to plan out a few activities per day, but also have enough time to relax so we weren't completely exhausted at the end of the day.
We flew from Detroit to Toronto, to Calgary.
We rented a car, and headed our way into Canmore. Since we were camping, we were on a mission to find one piece of comfort - pillows. We stumbled into "Home Hardware" hoping we would hit the jackpot and we did. 2 comfy pillows, snacks & water purchased, we were off.
Here was our itinerary:
Lake Louise & Lake Moraine are more of the well-known lakes, so why not start there! Both these lakes have big parking lots with a short walk to the lake, so we had plenty of time to do a hike today.
DAY 1 / 2 : LAKE LOUISE & LAKE MORAINE
Plain of the Six Glaciers trail (8.6mi round trip)
Lake Louise Campground (2 nights) - $65.80
DAY 3: WHITE WATER RAFTING IN GOLDEN, BC
I thought white water rafting would be exhausting so I only planned this today, and explored Golden afterwards.
Stay in Golden @ Whitewater Lodge ($178)
DAY 4: YOHO / TAKAKKAW FALLS
We woke up super early, to get a first come, first serve campground at Takakkaw Falls. It's a short hike to the campground, with wheelbarrows to haul your things. Definitely a highlight of our trip! We found a campsite, set up, and stopped at sites along the way to Bow Lake and back to our campground.
NORTH BANFF (SOME OF ICEFIELDS PARKWAY)
Takakkaw Falls - first come, first serve campground
DAY 5: ICEFIELDS PARKWAY - SCENIC DRIVE
Scenic drive day, with lots of stops.
We skipped the skyway - save your money!
Stay @ Maligne Lodge - $216
DAY 6: MEDICINE LAKE / MALIGNE LAKE
Camp @ Wapiti - $38.40
DAY 7: DRIVE DOWN TO BANFF / CANMORE
In between Lake Louise & Canmore
Camp 2 nights @ Two Jack Main $71.60
DAY 8: SULPHUR MOUNTAIN GONDOLA
Camp @ Two Jack Main
DAY 9: BANFF CITY & AREA
1hr & 30 min from Banff to Calgary