Trying & Reviewing FlexiQule™

*This post is sponsored by AlchemLife™

Exercising is something we do on a regular basis, if you couldn’t tell already it is a big part of our lives and something we couldn’t imagine life without. We love so many different types of workouts including; Running, walking, spinning, HIIT, Yoga, Boxing, weights and the list could go on and on. We always like to make sure our workouts are varied and because of that we don’t want our joints to be affected due the pressure we put them under.

We jumped at the chance of working with AlchemLife™ and have been trialling their new joint product, FlexiQule™, for this sponsored review. They are an original food supplement made from 100% natural active ingredients, designed to help maintain healthy joint function, mobility and flexibility.

We both love to run an awful lot and this year Annie took part in her first ever marathon and ultra-marathon, it was incredible and I loved everything about it even those long training runs in minus degrees and plus 35oc (trust me running in Greece and Spain is hard!). Training for marathons is pretty intense on the joints, especially when training on hard ground and our knees take a lot of the pressure. Although we are young and pretty strong we still want to make sure our joints are as healthy as they can be.

After long training runs I find that my calves can become very tight and sometimes painful which can be really irritating and definitely isn’t ideal during training season. Since taking FlexiQule™ this pain has completely stopped which is just incredible. I wish I has known about the supplements whilst I was training for my marathon back in April as it would have been a massive help!

The key ingredients in FlexiQule™ are GingerG321 and BoswelliaG301 which help manage the body’s inflammatory response and maintain joint health, which is exactly what we want when running.

Rach absolutely loves attending a Barre/Ballet class as she has always been a keen dancer. Rach used to be much more flexible when she was younger (didn’t we all lol) so as soon as we heard about FlexiQule™ and the results people had noticed she just had to give them a try.

We don’t take any other supplements these are the only ones we take and trust as we know they are a 100% natural food supplement, free from wheat, gluten and sugar and no known side effects (something that tends to scare us about other supplements). Our joints undergo an enormous amount of pressure every single day so we feel it is only fair we give them something back to say thank you.

FlexiQule™ is AlchemLife’s first product to launch in Europe using their PhytoAdvance™ technology, which ensures ease of use and maximises efficacy, bioavailability and purity.

FlexiQule™ natural joint supplements are £16.99 for 30 capsules and are available online or from LloydsPharmacy’s nationwide from the 29th October.

We would 100% recommend giving these supplements a go if you want to make sure your joints are as healthy as they can be. We are going to continue taking them so we will keep you posted on how we are finding them in a few months’ time.

To find out more visit: https://www.alchemlife.com/uk/flexiqule/

Getting ready for your first date

Dating is a fun experience but it can also be very daunting. After being single for 6 years Rach finally decided it was time to stop living the single life and find someone to share life with instead!

Rach loves to travel however being single meant many trips alone and after a disastrous solo travel trip it was time to find a partner to travel with instead. After some funny dating stories she has now found a lovely man and couldn’t be happier!

There are so many ways to meet people now days, its the 21st century after all!

Some people still want to meet someone ‘the conventional way’, our friend from school still thinks like this and is hoping to bump into the man of her dreams in the street, at a bar or by random chance. This makes sense as only 40% of woman are willing to use online dating and we can kind of see why!

There is also that tactic of sliding into the DM’s…….!

Some people however have embraced this new phenomenon and are cracking on the dating apps, interestingly men are a bigger fan with 50% embracing the dating apps. There are so many dating apps out there, you will find one or a a few that will suit you.

So whatever way suits you, get yourself out there, its what we had to do, and get meeting people. Which takes us onto the next point:

So you’ve met someone you get on really well and its time for the first date. First date nerves here we come! However, trust us when we say once you’ve been on your first date and overcome those nerves the next ‘first date’ becomes a lot easier and soon you’ll be a ‘first date pro’!

You’ve arranged to meet at a bar so you spend all evening getting dressed and ready to impress. Of course you have to pick that perfect outfit, and the big debate of wanting to look good but not wanting to look like you’ve made a massive effort. Jeans and a nice top it is! Its no surprise that 32% of women spend up to £49 on their appearance and 14% paying out a staggering £100. The men, however, spend far less, with 33% of men typically forking out no more than £20!

Then you want to beautify your face interestingly it’s actually the men that put the most effort in when it comes appearance, with 61% of gents dedicating time to shaving before a date and only 44% of women, but don’t worry we will still add some lippy!

Would you ever expect the other person to pay on a first day? We would never expect it and we always would assume that we are splitting the bill 50/50! Why should the man have to pay? We have well paid jobs and we don’t feel it is necessary! Well 8% of men would expect the other person to pay but 68% of men would offer to pay on a first day (on a second date more than half a less likely to offer to pay, can’t blame them!). 26% of women still expect the other half to pay on a first date.

We find these statistics soooo interesting! It’s so funny to see the statics and what is going on in the world of dating, and you can read more here!

Let us know your thoughts and if you agree or disagree. Do you have any funny dating stories, share them with us!

Hatch Brunch Review St. Albans

Last weekend it was a rainy and miserable Saturday and so we decided the only way to spend the day was eating yummy food! We didn’t want to go too far so headed to St Albans which is a local city to us (yes it’s a city because it has a cathedral but it’s not a super big place! It’s actually so cute with cobbled streets and all!).

Hatch on the go opened its doors 8 years ago as a small takeaway place and it was doing so well that the owner decided to open an establishment in the centre of St Albans and called it you guessed it… Hatch! Hatch is located on Holywell Hill and has been open since February 2017.

Hatch has completely taken off and we can totally see why! We had a cheeky browse of the menu online before we visited and we already knew we were going to be spoilt for choice!

We arrived at Hatch at 3:45pm, they are open from 9-5 every day so we had just over an hour and 15 minutes. Upon arriving Liam the restaurant manager introduced himself and showed us to our table.

The restaurant was still heaving at 3:45pm and the atmosphere was buzzing. There were a variety of customers in Hatch (families, couples and groups of friends enjoying prosecco to give a few examples). It was nice to see such a variety of people in one place having a good time.

Liam was incredible and his service was impeccable you can really show he loves his job and the restaurant. This is such an important part of any restaurant and we feel plays a huge part in the success of a restaurant. Customer service is so important these days and more so with the internet and trip advisor, we cannot rave enough about the service here. We know we love a place when we don’t stop talking about it not only to each other but to our friends and family too!

There was so much to choose from on the menu we didn’t know where to begin. However in usual Two Brits way we decided to share everything so we could try more food! Always share because then you don’t get food envy!

We even shared our drinks, we opted for the juice of the day which was carrot, orange and ginger. It was served in a cute little bottle with paper straw. The second drink we chose was chocolate and caramel cooler which is chocolate milk over ice, caramel syrup and cream! It was so delicious but also incredibly sweet so if you aren’t looking for something super sweet this drink probably isn’t for you! We loved it though!

Liam very kindly saved us their sweet corn fritters which were the special of the day and had sold out by 11am! So if you want to enjoy their specials you have to get their early!

The fritters were delicious, they were sandwiched with slices of avocado and chilli jam, topped with chorizo and a perfectly poached egg. The eggs are sourced locally and oh my gosh the yolk was so orange!

We also had the hash brown bites on the side, these are their most popular item on the menu and are the perfect accompaniment. Little hash browns served with a yummy BBQ dip, ideal to share!

We then decided to share a waffle and there were lots to choose from it was hard to decide but we went for the honeycomb one. The waffle batter is made fresh every morning and it tasted amazing! The waffle was topped with crunchie pieces, raspberries, butterscotch sauce and a large scoop of ice cream- DELICIOUS!

To end the meal we enjoyed a hot drink; peppermint tea and a latte (with very pretty latte art and very photographic!).

We loved the interior of Hatch, it was simple but effective. The brick wall made for good photos and we loved all the slogans and tempting messages written on chalk boards hanging off the lights.

It was nice that you could see the staff at work behind the counter, we love that in any place we visit!

Hatch also so private events, you can hire the place out every day of the week once they have closed. They can offer both a sit down meal or a party for up to 60 people.

We cannot recommend Hatch enough and we will definitely be going back soon!

Tibits Restaurant Review

Tibits is a vegetarian and Vegan restaurant chain located in Switzerland and London, they have a total of eight stores (two of which are in London). Three brothers from Switzerland wanted to create a ‘delicious and fresh vegetarian buffet, as speedy as a fast food joint and as cosy as a corner café’ they worked with two of the oldest vegetarian restaurant owners in Zurich and together created Tibits.

Tibits in London can be found just off of Regents street in Heddon Street and also in Southwark (known as the Bankside branch) located just behind the Tate Modern. We visited the Bankside branch on a rainy Sunday morning and as soon as we entered the restaurant our mood was immediately lifted.

Tibits was fairly quiet as the restaurant only opens at 11:30am on a Sunday and our reservation was at 12:00PM, we certainly were not complaining though as it was the perfect opportunity to take some photographs of the restaurant. We are glad we did as well because by the time we left the restaurant was full and the atmosphere was buzzing.

On arrival we were welcomed straight away by a lovely hostess who explained to us how it all worked! You pay by weight, so you can take as much or as little as you want. Once you have filled your plate you can take it over to the till and have your plate weighed. Breakfast is £1.90 per 100g, lunch is £2.30 per 100g and dinner is £2.60 per 100g.

We opted to sit inside as it raining outside but if it had been a lovely sunny morning we definitely would have sat outside watching the world go by.

Tibits has over 40 homemade vegetarian and vegan salads, hot dishes, soups and breakfast dishes. As we visited Tibits at 12:00PM and as it was the weekend there was a selection of breakfast dishes and lunch dishes available.

We were really impressed with the number of dishes on offer and we were completely spoilt for choice. We of course piled our plates up, so we could try a little bit of everything (it has just got to be done). We enjoyed every single option on our plate it was just heaven! We especially loved the lasagna it was sooo delicious.

The bread is complimentary so don’t put that on your plate when you go to get it weighed!

The food is in the middle of the restaurant served on an island that you can walk around and choose what dishes you want to have. We walked around that island several times making sure we didn’t miss anything!

Rach also ordered a large Fitness Green Juice which was really tasty (although we did wonder how small a small would be as the large wasn’t that big). Annie went for a Ginger Kombacher as she had never tried one before and was curious to see what all the fuss was about. The Kombacher was really refreshing and the ginger flavour was divine.

Tibits were hosting a live music bottomless brunch, it was the last one of the summer and included unlimited gin and tonics (sounds right up our street). Guests started to arrive just after we had finished our meal and were sat outside in the conservatory area which was really beautiful and had a lovely atmosphere.

The main restaurant had mainly high chairs and also window benches for a spot of people watching! There is also a small amount of seating downstairs which was really cute and cosy and would be perfect for a bigger party.

The toilets are downstairs and just as a warning are communal boys and girls so don’t be alarmed when washing your hands (like we were)!

Overall we had such a nice experience visiting Tibits and have never really dined in this way before but loved it! We often like to try many dishes (when eating out together we usually share our food half and half!) but this style of dining meant we had a lot of variety and didn’t get food envy if one another!

We would definitely return here and would recommend to everyone whether they are veggie/vegan or not!

Harissa Lamb Waffles with Krombacher Beer

We jumped at the chance of taking part in the Krombacher Beer and food pairfection campaign, we love trying new beers and we especially love developing recipes. Brunch is our favourite meal to eat and it’s even better with an alcoholic beverage! We love the fact you can eat brunch at any time of the day so we wanted to create a recipe that would be perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

The dish we have created is Harissa Lamb Waffles and they taste absolutely delicious if we do say so ourselves, especially when matched with a cold Krombacher Pils- for us it’s #pairfection. We have made sweet waffles and protein waffles several times before but this was our first time trying to make savory waffles. We wanted the batter to have flavour and we didn’t just want them to be a standard waffle recipe so we threw a few spices in the mixture.

Krombacher Pils also knows as ‘A Pearl of Nature’ is one of Europe’s leading beers and we can totally see why. The taste of Krombacher Pils is very distinctive and the water it is brewed with plays a massive part in the flavour giving it a full flavoured apple Manhattan is some what bitter.

We got a thumbs up from our boyfriends as well as our dads they all absolutely loved it! It was great to have a little tasting session going on with them all and they all said it was very refreshing and light.

Recipe for Harissa Lamb Waffles- You will need a waffle maker

Waffle Ingredients
125g Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
½ Tbsp Caster Sugar
1tsp Mustard Powder
½ tsp Smoked Paprika
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
215ml Semi Skimmed Milk
2 Eggs

Harissa Lamb Ingredients
1 tbsp Olive Oil
250g Lamb Mince
2 tbsp Harissa Paste
2 tbsp Tomato Puree
½ tsp Black Pepper
½ Aubergine chopped into small pieces
½ red onion finely chopped
250ml chicken stock
150g feta
Handful Parsley finely chopped

Method

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Add the lamb and cook for 5-6 minutes until brown. Add the onion and aubergine and allow the mixture to cook for 3 minutes before adding the harissa paste, tomato purée and black pepper, stir the ingredients until well combined and coin for a further 1-2 minutes.

Add the stock to the mixture (it will look slightly runny), place the lid on the pan and cook until the liquid has reduced- we left it cooking for around 15 minutes. In the mean time we go started on the waffles.

Place all of the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix until well combined

Put the butter in a saucepan on a low heat and remove from the heat once melted

Whisk the butter, eggs and milk in a separate mixing bowl

Make a well in the dry picture and poor the wet mixture into it, whisk the mixture until fully blended together and there are no lumps

Leave the batter to rest for until you need it

Turn your waffle maker on and allow it to heat up, once heated (the green light should show) pour in the mixture, close the lid and cook

Once the waffles have cooked and the lamb it is time to assemble the dish, place your waffles onto a plate and pour the mixture on top. Sprinkle with feta and parsley, open up your Krombacher Pils and voila you are ready to tuck in!

Krombacher Pils is available in Booths, Majestic, Morrisons, Ocado and Tesco.

The Field Restaurant Review

The Field opened its doors in May 2018, located in London fields just a short walk from London Field station or like us you prefer to use the underground you can walk from Bethnal Green (it’s about a 15 minute walk).

The Field offer a seasonal plant based menu serving brunch, lunch and dinner they, check their website for opening hours though as they are not open every day. The Field also have a weekday happy hour from 5:30pm-7pm, weekend brunch from 11-4pm, yoga every Sunday 10-11am and live music every Sunday- they have got it all going on.

The Field was opened by Nik Williamson & Ryan Petty two chefs who wanted to open a restaurant serving food that they themselves would eat, they also wanted to create innovative plant-based food which we can assure you they certainly have achieved.

We ourselves are not plant based or vegetarian but we do enjoy a plant based meal every now and then. We were really excited to visit The Field as the menu looked incredible and everything sounded really tasty.

We arrived at The Field at 7:30pm, there was a chilled atmosphere and several of the tables were already taken with couples and friends enjoying a civilised evening meal. We were shown to our table and both Nik and Ryan came over to introduce themselves and tell us a little bit about the restaurant.

We glazed our eyes over the menu before asking both Ryan and Nik for their recommendations (of course they were going to recommend everything it was their restaurant after all but we thought we would ask what the most popular dishes were).

There are a selection of smaller plates and larger plates on offer and we were advised to order a couple of each. We love trying lots of dishes so we did share everything that we chose (that way we get to report back on more of the dishes as well).

We both ordered a glass of 2016 Folle Blanche which was described as a ‘dry and fresh, a little fruity… ooh’ white wine. We loved the wine glasses the bigger the better when it comes to the actual size of the glass (well we think so anyway). It was £7.50 by the glass or £25 for a bottle, we both just opted for a glass. We were also served a jug of tap water as well which the waiter regularly replaced during out meal.

We ordered the Deep Fried Buffalo Cauliflower with House Hot Sauce to start as we were told it was one of the most popular dishes on the menu, it was absolutely delicious. There was so much flavour and it wasn’t like anything we had eaten before, the homemade hot sauce complimented the fried cauliflower perfectly.

We also ordered the Pasta Agnolotti which was pasta stuffed with Radicchio, Orange and Cashew Nut Pate. This was absolutely delicious and we particularly enjoyed the pest dressing that was drizzled over the top. We would highly recommend this dish it was full of so much flavour and we could have eaten it twice over.

For one of our mains we ordered the Summer Gnocchi which was Gnocchi, English Peas, Broadbeans and Mint. Well if you are a gnocchi lover then you will be a massive fan of this dish because it is just incredible and so fresh with so much flavour.  It was soft, smooth and a little sticky exactly as a gnocchi should be and this definitely gets a thumbs up from us.

The final dish we tried was the Zucchini which Zucchini Flower, Dill Pesto and Ratte Potatoes, this was hand down our favourite dish of the evening. We love pesto and we would eat it with everything if we could so we knew straight away we would love this dish. It was presented beautifully and cooked to perfection.

Anyone that says plant based food is boring needs to visit The Field because you will see just how flavoursome food can be without meat. The food at The Field is of a high quality and there are so many different flavours thrown in the mix.

The kitchen at The Field is open which we really enjoyed as you can see the chefs hard at work cooking the food instead of being hidden away. We think an open kitchen makes a restaurant really authentic and definitely creates a buzz.

We loved the hanging baskets that were hanging from the ceiling it made us feel like we were sat in a green house as there were plants surrounding us.

By the time we left The Field the restaurant was nearly full, the atmosphere was calm and it was quite a romantic setting- perfect for a date. If you want to try delicious, good quality plant based food without paying an arm and a leg for it then The Field is the perfect place for you.

Natural Wonders Bucket List

We have put together a natural wonders bucket list that will give you all those wanderlust feels. There are so many beautiful places to choose from and we hope we get the chance to visit each and every one of them. There are so many wonderful sights from crystal caves to magnificent waterfalls, lakes and mud volcanoes that have made rock formations that look like a work of art.

Mud Volcanoes, Gobustan, Azerbaijan
The mud volcanoes are Just 65 kilometres south of Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, we have heard the mud volcanoes of Gobustan have a strangely Martian landscape appearance. Small volcanoes that still throw out some mud, which is thought to have medicinal qualities apparently you will see people stripping down and smothering themselves with it.

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path National Trail, Wales, UK
Situated in southwest Wales, this path twists for 300 kilometres from St. Dogmaels to Amroth. The weather is not always good (as expected), but rumour has it on a sunny day, it is one of the most beautiful places you will find on your travels. You can join the trail in different locations, and if you are lucky you might even see seals in the waters below. There are also guided walks if you prefer to be with someone who knows the trail well.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia has some of the most stunning views trust us! The sea life and coral is just stunning and something everyone has to see once in their life. Some of the Great Barrier Reef tours from Cairns offer glass-bottomed boats, which will let you see even more. They also give you the chance for snorkelling and diving as part of your trip which I (Rach) did when I travelled Australia and it was INCREDIBLE!

Verdon Gorge, Provence, France
Verdon Gorge is known for being one of Europe’s most beautiful gorges. We really want to swim in the clear blue waters of the Verdon River that flows through for 25 kilometres. It is also meant to be a popular destination for rock climbers if that takes your fancy.

Ayers Rock, Australia

This is probably ones of Australia best-known landmarks.  To the aboriginal Anangu custodians, it is a sacred place and climbing it is considered to be disrespectful to them. It is also dangerous but viewed from as close as you are safe to go, it is a truly amazing sight.

Angel Falls, Venezuela
This waterfall cascades from the largest tabletop mountain in Venezuela and is the highest waterfall in the world. It is located in a remote jungle, which you can only reach by plane. The local people work as guides so that you can see how most of the water evaporates on its way down and never reaches the bottom.

Cascate del Mulino, Saturnia, Tuscany, Italy
The waters that come from the natural springs have a temperature of about 37.5 C, and they run down as a series of small waterfalls to different levels. It is said that a 10 minutes soak in these mineral waters will help to relieve the discomfort of many ailments, including muscle and joint aches and pains!

Iguazu falls, Argentina
Located in Argentina, these falls are simply stunning that they have to be on our bucket list. Just look up images and you’ll want to head there tomorrow. These are the largest waterfalls in the world so are pretty impressive.

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
With the bluest waters ever seen you must add Moraine Lake to your bucket list. Trust us you will want to sit and stare at this lake for hours. You can also hire a canoe and really impress your friends with incredible pictures. Whilst you’re here find some time to visit Lake Louise and walk to Big Beehive for incredible views. There is so much to see in Banff National Park, just keep a look out for bears!

These are just a few of the places that you should consider including on your natural wonders bucket list. Every country in the world has amazing sights somewhere in them; it is just a case of finding the ones you want to see!

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Timmy Green Brunch Review

Timmy Green is part of the Daisy Green Collection in London. This chain of Aussie restaurants is getting bigger so you are more than likely to be close to one when out and about in London.

Timmy Green is based in Victoria and I visited after attending a gym class in Victoria. This branch is located in a cool part of Victoria called Nova Square. It is all relatively new and there are lots of different eateries and places for drinks here.

Timmy Green is modern with glass windows and lots of marble – an Instagram dream! The staff are uber friendly and the food is delicious.

The menu is really different with food you might not normally choose so it means you broaden your choice – they don’t just serve brunch but we love brunch so its our go to food choice!

I opted for the smashed avo on charcoal bread and added smoked salmon. This was incredible, the bread was insane and the smashed avo on top also came with labne, which is a turkish yoghurt and it complimented the dish perfectly.

My friend had the fancy bacon roll and it looked crazy with so many different ingredients but she finished the lot and said it tasted amazing.

The coffee’s here also taste yummy and look pretty too. We particularly love the blue mugs.

As per the rest of the restaurants you can get brunch here which is 2 courses, one sweet and one savoury with bottomless prosecco or mimosas – ideal!

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The Parlour Brunch Review

Canary Wharf isn’t usually a part of town we visit, especially at the weekends as it is known for being a bit of a ghost town at the weekends! The other weekend however, I had somewhere to be in Canary Wharf so decided to look for somewhere to have brunch afterwards.

The Parlour was our brunch spot of choice, it is located in the Park Pavilion on Canada Square which is just a 5 minutes’ walk from the station. The Parlous is a Drake and Morgan restaurant and from what we can tell it seems that they offer a standard brunch menu across all of their restaurants/bars.

The menu was fab and very reasonable as well, I booked a table to be on the safe side but upon arrival it was clear to see they had plenty of seating available. We were asked if we wanted to sit outside in there lovely alfresco terrace but there was a slight chill in the air so we opted to sit inside. The alfresco terrace had its own bar outside which is ideal especially on a hot summer’s day. By the time we left The Parlour the outside terrace was full as the sun had decided to come out to play!

I ordered the Poached eggs with Avocado & Chilli on Sourdough Toast but instead of poached eggs I opted for scrambled eggs. The dish was served but they had have forgotten I had asked for scrambled eggs as poached eggs were served. I decided to leave it instead of letting them know about the mix up- very British of me but it was still super delicious with the poached eggs.

The crushed avocado was absolutely delicious and the chilli flakes gave it a little kick. I tried to poached eggs and unfortunately they were freezing cold, so I had to send them back but when they returned they were piping hot.

My friend enjoyed the Eggs Royale which looked delicious and she said it was very tasty. They served a generous portion of smoked salmon as well which is also a good thing! You can order the Eggs Royale as a half portion for £4.50 or a full portion of £8.95.

We love the décor or The Parlour it was very millennial and there is gold EVERYWHERE! There were a selection of seats to choose from you could either sit on stalls or comfy arm chairs, we obviously went for the comfy arm chairs. We also noticed there were booths available with round tables for groups which looked super cosy.

The toilets were fancy as well and clean which is definitely a massive plus in our eyes, as you know we often judge a place by how clean the toilets are, we can’t be the only ones that do this.  They had a huge jar of sweets (wrapped of course otherwise that would be gross!)

We noticed when we were on the website that you could have your wedding reception at The Parlour, we actually think this would be a great wedding venue. There are a number of different packages available so if you are getting married and haven’t yet decided on a venue go and take a look!

We would definitely return to The Parlour the food was delicious and the drinks we saw being served looked incredible. My friend has visited on a Friday after work before and said the atmosphere is great so maybe we will have to swing if we are in the area for a couple of  cocktails!

2 weeks in the Canadian Rockies: Icefields Parkway & Jasper

Two weeks in the Canadian Rockies has been split into a number of posts as there is just so much to say. However there is also a post of 2 weeks in the Canadian Rockies in a Nutshell if you want to read the summary.

Tips:

– We suggest that where you can reserve campsites online on https://reservation.pc.gc.ca/ParksCanada for what you can. Don’t worry if cannot book everywhere as there are walk in campsites available too as detailed in the post below.

– How the walk up campsites work is you turn up and find an empty plot. Plots are reserved with a slip of paper which you pick up from the hut at the entrance, which states your arrival date and how many nights you will be staying. Picky your plot and then put your money in an envelope, which is also provided at the camp entrance and you post into a letter box. We suggest you arrive at about 11 as people have to vacate at 11.

– You will need to buy a parks pass to visit the rockies. You can buy this pass on entrance Banff national park, if coming from Calgary then he place to buy is a couple of km after Canmore. Don’t worry you won’t miss it and will more than likely queue with everyone else! If you are staying more than 6 Days it is cheaper to buy a year long pass.

– Pick up maps from the tourist information, these are so so helpful and you will take it on all your hikes/use them to plan your hikes. The great thing about this trip is that all the walk are signposted and will also tell you how many kms so you will NEVER get lost!

– We flew into Calgary, hired a camper and headed from Calgary to Jasper and back and it took 2 weeks. We hired our Camper through Wicked Campers and couldn’t recommend them enough. They are cheap, cheerful and suited us perfectly for what we want.

Icefields Parkway

We spent 2 nights on the Icefields Parkway, but to be honest you only really need one night. We had a fantastic time none the less, but if we were to do the trip again wouldn’t allocate 2 night stays.

There are lots of walking places and if you are a serious hiker then some epic hikes for you to to do too.

Day 1 on the Icefields:

We camped the first night at Mosquito Creek. We left Lake Louise and headed to the campsite to get a spot as its first come first serve. We loved this campsite, it was right by this cute stream and was very picturesque.

We the headed to Peyto Lake for the rest of the morning. The hike up to the view point isn’t very difficult and you get amazing views of the fox shaped blue lake. As we like walking we hiked up to the top of this other viewpoint, we just followed signs and got a view from higher up.

We then headed to Bow Lake. We had lunch by the lake and then took a paddle in the water – it was freezing! Whilst we were eating lunch lots of people walked past us either heading out on a walk or coming back. We decided to follow and basically randomly ended up at the most spectacular water fall, called Bow Falls (surprisingly!). The walk was interesting as there was lots of water and sometimes the path didn’t exist. We ended up hanging off branches for parts of the walk, but this made it more fun. Because the walk wasn’t planned and the waterfalls at the end were so amazing this ended up being one of my favourite walks. The great thing about this was that the walk was so varied, from forest, to water to walking through very open land (in the winter it was probably covered in water), then climbing up rocks to get as close to the waterfall as possible.

Day 2 on the Icefields:

We left mosquito creek and headed to the Columbia Icefields which was halfway between where we wanted to camp the second night.
The Columbia Icefields has a modern tourist centre, which of course means this place is crowded with toursits. There are many excusursions you can do from here, but no surprises are super expensive. We opted to have a coffee at the tourist centre and then did a mini walk to see the glacier. You can if you want go on a glacier tour but we didn’t bother.

We then headed to our next campsite which was called Honeymoon Lake. This campsite was gorgeous, right by a lake and we actually spent the whole afternoon by the lake enjoying the sunshine. The lake was freezing, but once you were in it was okay.

Whilst we were here we also visited the Sunwapta Falls which were cool. However to be honest we could’ve done all of this in one day rather than 2!

Jasper

We were meant to spend 3 nights in Jasper, but we didn’t love Jasper, and the weather wasn’t the best. We left Jasper early and are glad we did. We didn’t feel like we missed out on anything.

Whilst in Jasper we hired bikes and cycled from the town centre to Patricia and Pyramid Lake which was fun. We hired a kayak on Pyramid Lake which was great. It was the cheapest kayak/canoe rental in the whole of The Rockies at $40 for an hour. It was fun kayaking around the little island and the surrounding mountains are spectacular.

We also went to Maligne Lake, which is such a long drive away but worth it. We were so surprised how far away this lake actually is!
There are lots of walks to do here for a variety of difficulties, so make sure you pick up a map from the tourist information point in the centre of Jasper. On the same road to Malinge is Medicine Lake so stop off here for photos either on your way to or back from Malinge. When we stopped we saw a baby eagle which was cool.

Whilst in Jasper make sure you visit Bear Paw’s Bakery. This is very popular and famous for their sticky cinnamon buns. They have 2 in Jasper and we visited both of them!

Read more about visiting the Canadian Rockies: Banff & Johnston Canyon and Lake Louise & Moraine Lake