A Canadian Rockies hiking trip covers spectacular landscapes – a local’s guide on some of the most beautiful spots to visit this autum for best views and photography.
Seasons in the Canadian Rockies can be extremely striking, however they can also be unpredictable. The autumn months for a Canadian Rockies hiking trip are one of my favorites as the greens change to vivid yellows and reds. But as I was about to discover this was abruptly cut short by the arrival of some snowfall.
Fish Creek Provincial Park
Within the city of Calgary is Fish Creek Provincial Park which is the second largest urban park in Canada. It is one of my favourite places to wonder through in the Fall seasons. The leaves all change it to an amazing arrays of yellows. It was as I wondered through this park I decided it was time to hit the road and go exploring in the mountains.
My first stop along the way was Peyto Lake located in Banff National Park along the Icefield Parkway. The hike from the parking area was a short uphill trail which took me to a great lookout position over the uniquely shaped lake.
From my vantage point I could look down towards Peyto Creek. It runs towards the the lake from Peyto Glacier. It is the glacial rock flour which gives the water its remarkably turquoise colouration.
My next stopping point along the way was at Herbert Lake which is 38km south of Peyto Lake. Its a small lake which in the summer you can often see people swimming in. Today the weather was looking a lot more moody as the dark clouds closed in.
Lake Louise has many hiking options around it. On this particular occasion we decided to head towards the Plain of Six Glaciers which is located about 6 km behind the lake where a teahouse can be found. Snowfall around the lake gave this hike a particularly wintery feel. Looking back towards the emerald lake there was low-lying cloud hovering just above it.
Plain of Six Glaciers
We located the teahouse which was enveloped by clouds which had risen up through the valley and surrounded us. We decided to proceed onwards and upwards through the Plain of Six Glaciers towards Abbott’s Pass Lookout. After hiking to a higher elevation we were rewarded with a great view looking down over the valley.
We hope you enjoy your Canadian Rockies hiking trip – these spots offer some incredible memories that will last forever.