A Travel to Western Canada

Travel in Canada / Part 1

Canadian Rockies / Alberta

We had that wonderful travel one year ago. Let me tell you about that amazing far far west adventure!

canada trip

We took 5 weeks of holidays (i know we are so spoiled in France). We arrived first in Calgary where we met with our hosts at the airport. As you may know, we are homeexchanger addicts. We exchanged keys and took their car towards Canmore. We had a wonderful stay just near Banff National Parc.

We made canoe, we hiked, we had wonderful picnic and saw a lot of wild life. For the sports ones, it’s a paradise. We had 2 kids, one of them a toddler, so we hiked a bit but not as much as we would have liked.

We had a road trip to Jasper.

peyto lake

Our first stop: Peyto Lake. Very easy little walk and very crowdy also to catch that view.


Just the most amazing road crossing Banff National park from banff to Jasper. You may see the Athabasca Glacier on the right picture. See how it melted a lot. Approaching from the Glacier you would see several of that marks to show us where the glacier was at a particular time. There are a lot of ecological explanations there but what shocked us was to see a lot of big buses riding around on the glacier full of tourist. I mean WTF! How can you explain people big ecological issues about glacier melting and take money od tourist ride on the very glacier??? Well i stop here complaining and go on with the magic.  This Athabasca Glacier is a part of Columbia icefield Glacier: 325km2. Amazing isn’t it?

This dreamy road took us to Jasper National Park. This park is even wilder and that’s where we saw a lot of animals.

Jasper is a little city where it’s very hard and expensive to sleep. You may try b&b but be aware to make a reservation early enough. There are several campgrouds. That could be a very nice option (beware of teddy bears!).

A few tips to see wild life:

  • just wake up very early, very very early
  • drive slowly
  • watch, observe very carefully
  • animals often can be seen drinking near water point

We saw several bears, gauphers, wapitis, wild sheeps, mountain goats.

Jasper canada

To be continued…


  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

    This looks amazing! This is a trip we are planning for 2016 so I can’t wait to read more!

  • peregrination gourmande

    Oh so you have plenty of time to prepare. Are you planning for summer (i mean north hemisphere summer?)? What are your plans for 2015 then? xx

  • What brilliant photos and an amazing trip! I love the idea of exchanging homes – have you done it a lot?

    • peregrination gourmande

      A dozen times Nancy. We totally love it. We had a lot of proposal from Australia to exchange but the trip is too long for now with the little one. xx

  • Lauren @ The Thud

    Oh I’m so jealous you got to see bears!! I did this trip in 2012 and was desperate to see a bear but couldn’t find one! We went through Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Whistler, Vancouver, Victoria…. It was so beautiful!

    • peregrination gourmande

      Such nice memories… The kids were crazy about animals watching. xx

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