When we planned our road trip through Canada, we were thinking of spending two weeks straight in shorts and flip flops, building a tan and going on exciting hikes and horse rides and lake swimming. I mean why would we think any differently about a road trip in early September? We got the sun we were hoping for on Vancouver Island and in Kelowna, however we were NOT expecting to drive into a full-blown snow storm in Banff.
We had read the forecast a couple of days before we had arrived in Banff, and saw they were expecting snow. We were really unprepared so we made a stop at Walmart to pick up hoodies and gloves. Snow in September, we thought it would probably just be a dusting on the mountains and it wouldn’t be too bad. Boy were we wrong.
Snow was EVERYWHERE when we entered Banff. We had to drive super slow as we didn’t have snow tires plus the visibility was so bad. It was really exciting because it was so pretty but also really disappointing because it was so foggy we couldn’t even see the mountains surrounding the town.
We had planned for 3 days in Banff- had a list of a couple of hikes we wanted to do, a lake cruise and a horse riding tour. We had such high hopes and expectations which all fell through because the snow was too deep to do anything. It’s not like any ski fields were open coz it would have been perfect for some snowboarding!
Luckily on our third day, the sun came through and the fog lifted, and we actually got to see all the scenery that had been hiding since we arrived. We only had half a day since we were driving to Lake Louise that afternoon, so we crammed as much Banff sightseeing in as possible.
Even though we didn’t really do anything in Banff we had planned, it was still so majestic seeing it covered in snow! Also it gives us a reason to go back… next time I’m thinking July/August may be a better bet… although knowing my luck maybe there will be a hurricane or a bush fire or something else to hinder my plans!