Photography

Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake is a simple pit stop on the route to Lake Louise. Unlike what is depicted in these photos, Lake Moraine is a deep, turquoise lake. It doesn’t fill up until June. During our visit, it felt like walking in a shallow rock pit… nice to be standing in the middle of the...

Lake Louise

Lake Louise is one of the most popular glacial lakes in Banff National Park, and is perhaps one of the most photographed lakes in the world. During our visit, part of the lake had thawed, but the lake doesn’t completely thaw until the start of June.
 

Cave and Basin

Cave and Basin, the lowest of nine sulphurous hot springs in Banff, is the site of the birthplace of Canada’s national parks. Walking into the building built around the reserve, the smell of rotten eggs (ahem… sulphur) makes its presence known. The tunnel to the hot springs...

Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake is a must visit while driving through the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper. The bright water makes it a tourist hotspot. Glacial rock flour flows into the lake during summer months, giving it it’s signature turquoise color. I do prefer the winter color where...

Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka is the only lake in Banff National Park that allows the limited use of power boats. That being said, when visiting the lake in the summer, take advantage of the cruise tour offerings! On the one-hour trip, guests are treated to beautiful views of the 13-mile long lake...

Bow Falls

Bow Falls is a short and wide waterfall along the Bow River. A 5-minute drive southeast of downtown makes this spot a perfect place to go for an afternoon walk, and enjoy the mist of rushing water. Around the time of our visit, the water was brown due to sediment agitation, but most of...

Sulphur Mountain

Sulphur Mountain stands tall at 8,041 feet, overlooking the city of Banff. Take the Banff Gondola up or hike and catch your breath at the top. Sit down at the restaurant for a bite to eat taking in the scenery, or take a stroll along the boardwalk in between the trees to the meterological...

Yuyuan Bazaar

The Yuyan Bazar, (also known as the Yuyuan Tourist Mart), is a commercial market operated by the largest retailing conglomerate in China. Department stores and smaller shops sell everything from gold, to souvenirs, to your typical cup of Starbucks coffee in Asian-architecture buildings...

Yu Garden

Yu Garden, originally built in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty, contains 5 acres of trees, halls, and a central pond. It was declared a national monument in 1982.
 

Xintiandi

Xintiandi (新天地) is a shopping, dining, and entertainment district located southwest of The Bund. The district is a place where modern shopping meets with old culture. International merchants like Shake Shack are now sitting in 19th-century buildings that once housed 3,500 families...