The second part of my adventures around Canada during my semester abroad was a trip to Banff, the number one place that I wanted to visit in Canada… and boy did it live up to my expectations! I spent my thanksgiving long-weekend in early October 2017 exploring Banff National Park and the town of Banff. Some of the highlights included visiting Lake Moraine, the Banff Gondola, hiking around Lake Louise, exploring the Cave & Basin National Historic Site, and trekking through some of the trails around the city of Banff like the Bow River/Falls trail, Fendland Loop/Vermillion Lakes, and the Tunnel Mountain trail.
In September of 2017 I arrived in the Fraser Valley in BC, Canada for my university semester abroad. Since the town I was living/studying in was only an hour and a half from Vancouver, I decided to get a job working on the weekends in Vancouver. My first adventure around Canada was to explore the top tourist attractions in Vancouver, and I managed to see Grouse Mountain, Vancouver Lookout, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge, as well as cycle the Stanley Park Seawall and do a whale watching tour (where I saw humpback AND killer whales) all one long weekend.