*Bold claim but carry on and you’ll see what I mean…
Derek had a different hike for us today and unlike Grotto Canyon, which we’d specifically looked to do even before arriving in Alberta, today’s hike was one suggested by Derek and was initially meant to be more of snowshoeing than hiking.
Except, the weather had been warm of late and hadn’t really snowed here so the snowshoes turned out to be actually unnecessary (which was a blessing in disguise).
On today’s hike, we would be heading for Troll falls, a frozen waterfall in the middle of the woods and a fairly easy hike (there are no big uphill sections – thankfully).
The weather was actually just so amazing today, so much so that we just basked in it, taking in the beauty of the whole area and before you knew it, there we were, right at Troll Falls.
It was every bit as magnificent as we thought it would be.
There’s just something about frozen waterfalls that just looks so beautiful. I think perhaps its because the idea of something like this would be so hard to fathom back home in London that it just looks so amazing to get to experience. It kinda also helps that it looks like some beautiful natural sculpture too!
After a little while here taking it all in, we decided to head back to the car, eager to make it to our next appointment, which we could not be late for.
Said appointment was a helicopter ride through the Canadian Rockies, an experience that promised some of the best views in all of Canada! (*We booked did this with Alpine Helicopters – Royal Canadian Tour, by the way )
It totally lived up to the hype!
Within minutes of taking off, we found ourselves surrounded by some of the most magnificent mountain views in all of Canada.
It’s just so much natural beauty on a scale that’s hard to fathom.
Suffice to say, my camera went into overdrive, snapping at every turn and while simultaneously trying to take it all in personally.
I apologise for the deluge of photos but I just needed to show you how magnificent and beautiful it all is (and yes, I know I’ve been using that word magnificent a fair bit in this post but it really is).
From this viewpoint, you start to get a sense of how most of this landscape was formed, with clear points where glaciers had slowly carved their way through being all the more evident in the helicopter.
Eventually, we started to make our way back toward Canmore, buzzing with adrenaline on having just experienced one of the most spectacular scenes of nature in all of Canada!
Back on land, and with no other real plans for the rest of the day, we hopped into the car and headed up into the mountains to Mount Engadine Lodge.
Mount Engadine Lodge is one of those places you visit in Canada if you want to be surrounded by nature and not much distractions. You have no phone service up here and the WiFi isn’t particularly fast, which just makes for the perfect reasons to put down your phone and head out to explore nature.
Once you’ve checked in, of course. 😀
The rest of the afternoon was spent wandering around the area, taking in that beautiful view in the sunshine before heading in for homemade apple strudel and coffee, swiftly followed by red wine over chatting with a rather delightful German couple on their honeymoon (they’re German but they moved to Canada a few years ago).
The landscape around here is just so gorgeous (…it also went down pretty well with that red wine😉).
Dinner is something of a more social affair here too.
You eat with the other guests at the hotel on a huge table to encourage conversation and addled by red wine, we got stuck right into things, meeting a family from Newfoundland and another from Calgary here for a long weekend break.
It didn’t even occur to me once to check my phone or bother about responding to emails.
It was just a chance to kick back and relax in the mountains and it turned out to be the treat I didn’t even realise we needed during our time in Alberta.