Perks of Alberta

Perks of Alberta:

  • -country music festivals & line dancing
  • -turquoise lakes
  • -quiet campsites in the mountains

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Travelling During Covid-19

With the unpredictability of Covid-19 and the variant strains, always research before booking any trips. You can find the latest travel advisory here: World Health Organization

Where to Stay in Calgary

For our trip, the girls and I chose to stay in an Airbnb. We stayed in close to the Beltline, which allowed us to walk to lots of restaurants, shops and activities as we prepped for our country music festival weekend.

If there are 3-4 of you, we’d stay at the Airbnb we booked again.

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Country Thunder Music Festival

Every August, Calgary is one of the host cities for the Country Thunder Music Festival. If you enjoy country music, but want to avoid huge crowds like Stampede, this festival is for you. 

Weekend Pass Tickets are $225 CAD (totally worth it in my opinion!)

 

Camping Trip in Yoho National Park

Yoho National Park is a great alternative to Banff as it’s not as popular with tourists but just as beautiful! 

I am not a backcountry camper so Yoho is a great option for RV and car camping. RV and car camping can be found just a short distance from the town of Field, and by hiking further you can reach spectacular backcountry campgrounds. When camping in the Canadian Rockies you can wake up beside an alpine lake, fall asleep to the sound of a distant waterfall, or sit around the campfire watching the sun fade behind a mountain.

kicking horse campground yoho national park

How to Book a Campsite

Yoho is an incredibly popular camping spot so you’ll need to book ahead of time. To book your campsite, you can navigate to the Yoho Campsite website.

There are options for car camping (front country), backcountry camping, as well as hotels and inns if you are not the camping type.

Day 1

Drive from Calgary through Banff for a scenic stop at Lake Louise.

Arrive at our campsite at Kicking Horse Campsite setup camp.

Make dinner and enjoy the fire & stars.

Day 2

Make breakfast and coffee at camp.

Drive to Emerald Lake for a morning trail walk. Emerald Lake Trail is a 10.8 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Field, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Relax by the fire.

 

Day 3

Make breakfast and coffee at camp.

Drive to Takakkaw Falls to see to see the second largest waterfall in Canada, total height of 373 metres (1,224 ft).

Back to camp before it rains! Celebrate our friend’s engagement with a surprise bachelorette party and dancing in the rain.

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