August 9, 2021 - August 15, 2021
Ha Ling Peak - Another incredible hike in the books!
On August 9, Nicole and I met up with Issam, a guy we found in one of the hiking groups. The three of us headed out fairly early to conquer Ha Ling and witness some breathtaking views of Canmore and its surrounding areas. This was the first hike I did that involved a scramble at the top and it was quite intimidating and a challenge seeing as I was just hiking in my running shoes. Regardless, I managed to make it to the top!
That same day, my mom and sister arrived in Canmore for a two day visit (but more on that down below).
Later that evening, my mom and sister arrived in Canmore and we headed out for dinner at my favourite Thai restaurant.
On August 10, the next morning, we started our day bright and early by taking the shuttle to Lake Louise. My first time at Lake Louise was with Nicole and this time around it was my turn to show my family around the lake. We hiked to the plain of six glaciers and had lunch at the tea house. Unfortunately, that was where my beloved Canmore cap blew away because of how insanely windy it was :( We were quite exhausted after our long hike, but we still mustered the energy to head over to Moraine Lake for a quick visit.
On August 11, we decided to take it easy and not do any intense hikes. So, our first stop was to Johnston Canyon and a quick stop at Lake Minnewanka. Then we spent a couple hours swimming in Johnson Lake and enjoying the warm sun. Exhausted ones again, we treated ourselves to Cow's ice cream once we got back to downtown Banff. But it didn't end there! We really wanted to try canoeing seeing as none of us have ever done that before. So we rented a canoe and spent an hour trying to navigate our way around the river in our kayak. What fun :) For dinner we went to my beloved Magpie and Stump.