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Our week-long roadtrip to Jasper and Banff National Parks in July 2020, right after B.C. transitioned to Phase 3. We drove a total of 3,100 km in 9 days, and visited touristy spots and less-traveled trails in the two national parks. There was also day trips to Kootenay and Yoho National Parks, as well as to the great city of Calgary.

Obligatory Photos in Banff

August 31, 2020 • 11:36 PM

Just wrapping up the collection here.

Downtown Banff.

Banff Viewpoint. A quick drive zigzagging up Cascade Mountain only minutes from the town of Banff.

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Emerald Lake

July 26, 2020 • 12:48 PM

July 9th — We hit every green light during our time in Banff, and took Johnston Canyon off the list because of its closure. For the extra day, we drove back to B.C. and into Yoho National Park for the day.

The mirror-like water of Emerald Lake

The mirror-like water of Emerald Lake.

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Stanley Glacier

July 26, 2020 • 12:39 PM

July 10th — Stanley Glacier is a hiking trail in Kootenay National Park in B.C., just half an hour drive from Banff.

The beginning of the trail was very quiet — so quiet that we clapped our hands and chatted loudly to make sure not to make wildlife encounters. But soon there are people getting down, and we run into more groups along the trail.

The creek of the glacier valley.

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Moraine Lake & Lake Louise

July 13, 2020 • 7:15 PM

Moraine Lake.

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Icefields Parkway

July 12, 2020 • 11:11 PM

Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway, about 40km north of Saskatchewan River Crossing.

Icefields Parkway is the 268km highway that connects Banff and Jasper National Parks. This shot was taken at the lookout about 40km north of Saskatchewan River Crossing on the Parkway.

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Athabasca Falls & Sunwapta Falls

July 11, 2020 • 10:06 PM

Speaking of the falls, here’s Jasper’s famous Athabasca Falls —

Athabasca Falls. Shot on iPhone XS with Spectre app.

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Valley of the Five Lakes

July 11, 2020 • 9:51 PM

… was the first actual hike we took for the trip. 2.5 hours and 6 kilometres long, the trail is exactly what it says it is in the name: it’s a valley, and there are five lakes. The lakes have different depths and display their own distinct hue of turquoise.

The hike was light and easy — no challenging terrains, lots of flats. After a short grind up the valley, there was a sight at every turn. Here’s Third Lake, unfiltered and untouched from my iPhone XS —

Third Lake of the Valley of the Five Lakes

Third Lake.

The hike was short enough that we managed to fit it in before the long drive down Icefields Parkway to Banff. It felt like the dessert of a five course meal: not as magnificent as Maligne Lake and Canyon or the falls, but something quite interesting to remember.

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Maligne Lake

July 10, 2020 • 10:17 PM

Us. © MX.

Parks Canada has placed Red Chairs around national parks and these are one of the many sets.

Maligne Lake was quiet for 6pm in the summer — too quiet. The sun would not set for another four hours; it was still high up, only softened by the clouds. There were patches of brown and crimson among the trees. Dead as they were, the trees made up for the warmth in the scene, balancing out the Red Chairs.

Maligne Lake was our second last stop in Jasper. We hadn’t hiked much; our legs weren’t sore yet. This was as close to vacation vibe as this trip would ever get. It’d be all adventure from here.

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疫情出游有什么不一样

July 9, 2020 • 9:10 PM

出来这两天好几个朋友问着类似的问题——国内的问 “这还敢出来玩?” 在 BC 省的问 “现在还敢去 Alberta?” 出来玩总要有游记,我琢磨了一下不如把疫情对出游的影响集中写在这里,省的之后东一榔头西一棒子写的也不完整。

虽然数据摆在每个人面前都是一样的,但是理解和接受程度见仁见智。现在 BC 省的每日新增病例大概是个位数,可能偶尔能碰到十几二十;Alberta 是一天四十五十。你可以说 Alberta 疫情比 BC 严重四五倍,也可以理解为两个省都得到了有效控制,新增病例数量级相同。

在理性理解之上就是个人做出的一些正确选择了。开车自驾游显然也是低风险的出游方式,飞机是万万不敢坐的。多洗手勤洗手,人多的地方少做停留。那么这次出来玩和平时比有哪些不一样呢?

人少

疫情期间出来玩,人少是肯定的。美加边境关得很严实,就算一周有 20 万人次从美国入境加拿大,这也是往年人流量的 10% 不到,况且绝大部分过境的人都是工作目的(最常见的就是货运司机),并非出门旅游。

从国内来加拿大这边就更不用说了——就算比例再少,庞大的人口总数也会让国内游客构成这里往年的消费主力。今年这些人都进不来,便宜了我们这些在加拿大境内的常住居民。

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