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emerald lake & banff national park video

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i used to love making videos after a big trip – photos are wonderful, but something about the movements in video really brings out the mood of each little experience. unfortunately it just started to fall of my radar over the last year [sorting through loads of footage is so time consuming]. it's such a fun way to share our adventures, though, and i'm really excited to start it back up again. here's a look at our recent trip to canada with my parents. i'll start sharing all of our videos under the video tab up top ^^ 

you can also see the blog posts here, here and here. music by justin townes earle

banff national park part II: peyto lake

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our final full day in canada was spent back in banff national park. on our way out of emerald lake lodge JC spotted a BEAR on the side of the road and we whipped the fasted U-turn i've ever seen. munching on some flowers he allowed us to snap a few photos and admire his cute little self. our bodies were pretty tired from hiking the day before, so we were looking for a more casual hike. peyto lake was perfect for this. we still felt active, but the entire hike takes about 20 minutes. and the water is CRAZY blue. we started to laugh when we saw it only because things just seem to keep getting prettier and prettier in this country. 

the rest of our afternoon was spent wandering the num-ti lodge, grabbing rooftop beers, having another 2 bottles of wine lunch at our hotel, playing cards, napping and hot tubbing and later venturing into town for dinner at the truffle pig bistro. this place! their food was insanely good and the vibes were so cute. 
 

banff national park: lake louise & lake agnes

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after seeing photos of lake louise it's very obvious that this is a must stop if you are in the banff national park area. when we arrived it was jam-packed with tourists snapping photos – the good news is, if you have the energy to hike you can avoid having someone taking a selfie in the back of your pics.  

we heard from locals that the real way to see the views was to hike up to the "big beehive", with a stop at the tea house for lunch. i could not have been happier with our decision to do this! the hike was challenging and rewarding, the tea house was cute as can be, and we had some of the most gorgeous views I've ever seen. 

some tips for the lake agnes & big beehive hike:

  • go early to avoid the crowds during, especially on weekends.
  • there is limited seating inside and on the tea house patio, be prepared to share your table with strangers.
  • it's much cooler up at lake agnes, bring layers to adjust to the temperature as needed.
  • the distance from lake agnes [this is where the tea lodge is] to the summit of the big beehive is 1.6km. allow approx 40 minutes each way. 
     

welcome to emerald lake lodge [canada]

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Our trip to Alberta was planned so long ago that when if finally came last week it almost didn’t feel real – "we're going to Canada tomorrow??".  After traveling to Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks two years ago, we were craving another mountain vacation and knew that Canada would not disappoint.

We took the SFO > Calgary flight on United to meet my parents who were traveling from Austin. After getting our rental car we drove ~1 hours West to Canmore where we stopped for extremely tasty drinks & snacks at Crazyweed before heading another 1.5 hours to our home for the next four nights, Emerald Lake Lodge.  In my eyes, this lodge is a dreamland. When we drove up and saw the cozy vibes, blue water, huge trees, perfect cabins, lake view patios and fireplace rooms we knew it was the perfect choice. The rest of the evening was spent exploring and settling in. 

Day two we hiked trails around the lodge, rented canoes, had a long and tipsy lunch at Cilantro on the lake, played cards, hiked some more, jumped in the hot tub and stayed on-site for dinner. It was a great way to ease into our vacation. 

DETAILS:

where: field, BC, canada
time of year: july
how to get there: we flew into calgary and rented a car [about 2 hour drive]
price per night: roughly $200/night [depending on time of year]
activities available: hiking, canoeing, fishing and loads more
things to know:  there are so many things to do in this area, that you'll be tempted to leave the hotel each day and explore. i'd recommend leaving a full day to just stay at the lodge and enjoy their trails, lake, food, etc. 

our full travel guide can be found here. enjoy!

 

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LONG WEEKEND IN MONTREAL

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i can't believe our trip to canada has already come and gone – it was everything i hoped it would be. montreal was completely different than i pictured, though {i didn't realize it was such a big city}. we had perfect weather luck which played a huge role in our experience – the sun was out, the temp was chilly-ish but also warm at times, and we never felt a drop despite the forecasted rain. some highlights from the trip include: 

 

^^ biking down little side streets 

^^st-viateur bagels the warmest softest yummiest

^^ splitting a crazy sandwich at shwartz's

^^ drinks and snacks at hotel herman

^^ stocking up on maple syrup at the farmer's market 

^^ biking to the top of mont royal – here you see me mid-mental breakdown. it was 45 minutes of uphill and i was pissed, but it was worth it {in hindsight}. when we arrived at the top there was live music, a silent disco (?!) and an art festival we had no idea would be going on. 

^^ j

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! you were delicious and cute

^^ an amazing japanese [big in japan] speakeasy whiskey bar and restaurant

^^dominion square tavern great old school spot for seafood and a cocktail

we came home feeling full, broke, and happy – i think we'll definitely be back to this city, hopefully next time with friends or family by our side. happy tuesday.