The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks: More stinkin’ beautiful lakes than you can shake a hiking pole at

(Last Updated On: June 25, 2019)

I thought some of you might be interested in my general impression of the Canadian Rocky Mountain parks (primarily Banff, Jasper, and Yoho), which can be summarized thus:

It’s one stinking beautiful lake after another.

Seriously, I have never seen so many gorgeous lakes – and I’m from Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes! Every day seemed to bring another beautiful lake (or two or three), to the point where it got to be a bit of a joke: “Look, dear, it’s another stinkin’ beautiful lake.”

Until I get the full posts up, here’s a sampler (in alphabetical order) to whet your appetite:


Bow Lake near Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, Banff park in Canada -


Around Mount Edith Cavell in Jasper NP, Canada -





20140723-DSC_7396 Lake Louise



Lake Maligne in Jasper NP, Canada -



Medicine Lake in Jasper NP, Canada -






Lake O'Hara in Yoho park, Canada -



Morning at Lake Patricia in Jasper NP, Canada -


Lake Peyton along the Icefields Parkway, Banff NP in Canada -


Two Jack

20140716-DSC_4783 view from Two Jack Lake


Waterfowl (Lower)

Lower Waterfowel Lake along the Icefields Parkway in Banff, Canada -


Waterfowl (Upper)



Better still, these lakes are almost all right off the road (although they only allow buses on the road to Lake O’Hara), making them accessible to almost everyone. Just imagine what’s out there for folks willing to hike for a few hours!

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