roadtrip day 6: golden to calgary

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Our sixth (and final) day on the road saw us trekking beyond Golden into the gorgeous Glacier National Park. We then turned around and made our way back into Alberta via Banff towards Canmore, where we hiked a couple incredible falls and lakes before arriving that night in Calgary at Sam’s uni.

We didn’t camp on the final night, as we stayed in Sam’s dorm room – and just like that we had reached the end goal of the trip. Day 6 saw us driving 550km in 9 hours.

Rogers Pass

Right in the middle of Glacier National Park is the iconic mountain pass, once used by the Canadian Pacific Railway to trek through the Selkirk Mountains.

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Glacier National Park

Although weather prevented decent explorations, we enjoyed our drive right through the centre of the park.

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Wapta Falls

An absolutely magnificent waterfall rewards the slippery, clay-covered hike down from the badly signposted and pot-holed parking lots. We got absolutely drenched with icy cold water spray as we stood proudly at the summit of the rock pile.

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Banff

Sam and I both share a love for the little town in the mountains. We stayed just outside town a few nights ago, but it was nice to stop back and wander town a bit.

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Grassi Lakes

Something in the water makes Grassi Lakes almost fluorescent bluey-green, a stunning sight to take in as you climb high above Canmore.

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Calgary

As we approached Calgary, I noticed how ridiculously flat and spread out everything is and I did miss the mountains of the National Parks the moment we entered the city.

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*Including photos by Sam

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