The whole camping trip was actually spent without much planning. After having brunch we knew we had to at least get fishing licenses for those who wanted to fish. A group of us went off to two jack lake to look for fishing spots while the other group went to Banff to get the license. Once everyone settled down, a bunch of us decided to check out other places since we weren’t planning to fish.
I visited Johnston Canyon last year and had some great memories there in the midst of the great Alberta flood. The view is totally worth another visit and this time I wanted to visit the long trail instead of the quick half an hour lower falls. Surprisingly a bunch of us were up for the idea so we quickly drove there from Two Jack Lake in hopes of finishing the walk right around sunset.
With my days shooting with my D7000 and D5100 bodies, I find it to be an advantage to shoot with crop frame bodies. Mainly because it’s cheaper and lighter especially on hikes like this. Taking stars would make me wish I had something with even better ISO performance such as a Nikon D3s though… Perhaps one day I could rent!
Traveling down from Edmonton to Banff in a group of 8 in hope to get away and do some hiking, fishing, and great camping experience. We booked our camp site with the Alberta camping reservation system online. At first we wanted to be close to two jack lake, but all their sites were already booked, so we went with the neighbouring camp site at Tunnel Mountain Village II. They have very well facilitated washrooms and sink area for us to wash things and take showers, which was good for some of us who were first time campers.
The Tunnel Mountain Village is extremely near Banff town and we are literally camping in the middle of all the trees and serenity of Banff. We arrived really late and thanks to all the flashlights we have, we were able to build our tents and set up while setting up a fire, as the temperature was dropping down to 5-8 degrees! The whether forecast promised us that it was going to rain throughout the weekend starting tomorrow morning. After setting up our tents around 10, we only had an hour before quiet time, and actually had rangers visit us and warned us of to put our the fire earlier… Anyway, we spent the night playing cards and staying awake, knowing that the next day may be spent in the rain.
Having had about 5 hours of sleep, I woke up and noticed that there was no rain and it doesn’t look like it’ll rain for another couple of hours! So i set on a solo trip down Tunnel Mountain for a hike while everyone was still asleep. I quickly stuffed a slice of bread down my mouth and looked at the map for the entrance to the trail. You can choose to skip a part of the trail and park at the upper parking lot. I’ll provide a map to the trail later on and where you could park.
Although it’s not raining, the fog was definitely giving me some pretty unique environment to hike in! By the time I got here (8:30am) many early birds have already began their hikes.
Does anyone know if this is a pika or a squirrel?
I took many stops and really took my time. My friends have already eaten lunch by the time I came back. Just then, a male and female deer appeared at our camp site! This makes for the second animal encounter I had haha!
Please stay tune for my second post on my trip to Banff at Two Jake Lake and Johnston Canyon! Meanwhile, feel free to check out some highlights and larger format photos of my Tunnel Mountain Hike, I hope this will be useful for future hikers and campers alike going to Banff National Park in Canada. =) Chao~
We scheduled this trip right when the great Alberta flood hit and so we had to cancel until they reopen again. Water wasn’t clear like it should, but we definitely got to see some really cool new things many people may not be able to witness! We arrived really late so we only had time to walk the shorter lower trail.