In case you missed day 1, here you go!
We rested up at HI Lake Louise and were up and out pretty early in the morning. I’m currently reviewing my travel journal to tell you about allll the places we went, but there were so many! Apparently so many that I quit writing that day. This is where I post photos instead of words…
There are a few stops I will never forget, and one of those is the Athabasca Glacier. It was amazing (and equally saddening) to see how the glacier has melted over the years. There are markers for certain years to show where the glacier was in comparison to where it is now.
The irony of that is the massive “Ice Explorer,” a glacial travel vehicle (?) that will drive groups out onto the glacier. I guess they’re just trying to get rid of it faster. Anyhow, you can also take a tour that hikes onto the glacier. However, I recommend letting nature be and just taking in the beauty from the solid rock you belong on.
The other stop I’ll never forget on this trip is the hike that wasn’t. We began what was supposed to be about a one-hour hike through Maligne Canyon. Things started out okay, but after about 10 minutes there was a craaazy downpour.
Even soaking wet, we were a cheerful group!
After getting soaked, I was ready to relax. We had a little bit of a drive ahead of us before stopping at a local market to grab some grub for the night. I loaded up on veggies, eggs and some gluten free snacks before making the mistake of asking where the bathroom was (instead of the washroom). And then, we were finally off to the Athabasca Wilderness Hostel.
I heard stories about this hostel from my hostel mates in Banff. I was a little nervous about the abundance of mosquitoes and the lack of indoor restrooms and normal running water, but it was an experience I’ll never forget.
Everyone worked on dinner together. We sat around talking and playing games, ate family style at the large picnic tables inside, and just enjoyed each other’s company. I wish there were more opportunities to do things like this in everyday life.
We ended the evening with a campfire, where I somehow managed to be the only person to escape without a mosquito bite. I headed into bed early because I was absolutely exhausted, and excited about the next day ahead.