Di Dinette Wroclaw Brunch

Now if you want a brunch place to visit when in Wroclaw, you must visit Di Dinette. It is simply delicious. Brunch seems to be such a big thing in Wroclaw, similar to any other city these days! Brunch really is taking off and Wroclaw did not disappoint. You can check out about Wroclaw Brunch post here.

We soon realised when arriving in Wroclaw how cheap it was and its crazy that an entire brunch for 2 of us cost the same amount as 1 dish back in London!

We both opted for a coffee (of course) Annie went for an americano and Rach had a cappucino. We both also decided to order a ‘cocktail’ as they called them, which was basically a smoothie. For the smoothies they all sound great, but we chose the Mangolinas and the Pink Rosemary which were sooo delicious! We reckon you would be very happy with any of the smoothies off the menu.

For the food we had to go for the waffles and the pancakes as the pictures of them on Instagram looked great!

The waffles were served with a generous portion of bacon and 2 bright orange fried eggs (the sign of a good egg!), it was all drizzled in maple syrup, it was utterly delicious and so so filling!

The pancakes came with seasonal fruit, although we didn’t think that nectarines and mangos are in season in winter. There were 4 pancakes in the stack and the super fluffy pancakes were drizzled in maple syrup. The pancakes came with these amazing cinnamon apples and we wished they just came with these, and lots of them!

The atmosphere is great, with people coming and going and there are plenty of tables. However by the time we had left there was a queue for people wanting their brunch fix!

We actually loved Dinette so much that we visited twice! On the Sunday we ordered two new dishes! Annie opted for the Moroccan eggs and Rach had the bacon and avocado toast!

The Moroccan eggs were delicious it was avocado, 2 poached eggs and hummus but I also added extra bacon! Would definitely recommend this dish it was so delicious.

The avocado and bacon on toast was more like a toastie, we thought it would be placed on top of a slice of toast but instead it was grilled into a toasted sandwich. It was delicious but Rach would more recommend as a lunch dish instead of brunch!

Rach also tried a new smoothie which was the pomarango, it was banana, mango, orange juice and mint and it was really refreshing.

Brunch price Breakdown: Pancakes 21 Waffles 21 Americano Cappuccino Smoothie – Total = 95 zloty including service which is roughly £19

Our bill on the Sunday was cheaper as we didn’t order any coffee! It came to roughly £16 so again another bargain.

If you are in are in Wroclaw you have got to visit, the dinner menu also sounds incredible! So if we return we will be trying it out for sure.

Escape Lounge at Stansted Airport

Every time we travel we have to go to the airport lounge, it just starts the holiday off the right way! It’s very relaxing and the complimentary food and drink is just fab!

As we were travelling from Stansted airport it only seemed right to try the Escape Lounge which is pretty new to the Stansted Airport.

The Escape Lounge is located next to Pret A Manger, which is towards the back of the terminal. You can have access to the lounge for up to three hours and it doesn’t have to be exactly three hours before your flight leaves. We thought this was great as often you don’t get the full three hours due to boarding time! We arrived at the lounge at 3:30pm we we knew we would be boarding at roughly 6:30pm!

When we arrived at the Escape lounge, we were shown to our table by the host and later she returned to let us know our gate number, which we thought was very helpful and a nice gesture.

There is a number of tables in the Escape lounge and a couple of sofas that had all been reserved for larger parties. At the back of the lounge there was also a section for emirates that is cornered off!

Most airport lounges have much better WiFi than the generic WiFi you get in the main terminal and the Escape Lounge did not disappoint. We had a bit of work to get on with so this was really handy!

We helped ourself to a bowl of popcorn and asked the waitress for two glasses of red wine. The red wine was a Shiraz and it tasted pretty good to us (but then we are not wine connoisseurs)!

We like the popcorn option as usually it’s nuts but this made a nice change and Rach doesn’t like nuts so she was over the moon!

There was a wide selection of soft drinks and also juices and cold water that you can help yourself to. They also have fridges that are fully stocked with bottled water. If you are looking for a hot drink then there is also a coffee machine and a wide selection of tea bags.

The food is all self serve which we really like as you can help yourself as and when you want. We noticed there were a selection of sandwiches on offer and cold salads as well. We tried the new potatoes with pesto and kale which were so delicious!

We opted for the chilli con carne with nachos, salsa and sour cream. It was absolutely delicious and we even went back for seconds!

We always find that at the lounges dessert aren’t really a main priority and often it’s just a cake or biscuits etc! At the Escape Lounge they had chocolate muffins, blueberry muffin, raising flapjack and shortbread.

There was also bananas, oranges and apples if you are looking for a healthier option!

There was a good selection of magazines at the Escape Lounge, but as we were on a nighttime flight we didn’t grab any, but would definitely recommend checking out the selection.

Thank you so much for having us Escape Lounge we had such a lovely time and it was the most perfect start to our weekend away to Wroclaw.

A Christmas Weekend in Basel

We love a Weekend city break, we love squeezing as much into two days as we possibly can, soaking up the atmosphere and of course trying all the delicious food on offer. A few months back my mum suggested that we went on a girls weekend away (two sisters, my mum and myself) and we all jumped at the idea. Last weekend we hoped on a plane and got the chance to explore the beautiful city of Basel.

Basel is in Switzerland and it certainly isn’t cheap, we realised that when a 15 minute cab ride cost us 40 CHF! We also popped into Zara and a top that was £20 in the UK was being sold for 45 CHF crazy!!

Old Town

We stayed in the old town in a quirky Air Bnb, we loved the old town it had so much character and loads of cute shops and bakeries. They have so many cute Christmas shops the first one we wondered into was a shop full of baubles, there were sooo many.

We visited a popular bakery that had a que out of the door, selecting a delicious almond pastry to enjoy with a cup of tea. It was so tasty and the inside was basically stuffed with marzipan, so festive!

Markets

There are two Christmas markets in Basel and they are considered to be the best in Switzerland!

Münsterplatz is located in front of the historical cathedral on a beautiful square in Basel, we headed straight to Münsterplatz before it got too busy and each enjoyed a glass of Glühwein which is basically mulled wine YUM my favourite!

We decided to have fondue for lunch and headed to one of the tents at Münsterplatz. The fondue was served in a giant saucepan with a generous portion of bread to dip in, it was fairy pricey costing CHF per person, but it was so delicious and definitely worth it.

Before leaving the area we took a wander into the cathedral to defrost a little bit as it was SO SO cold outside temperatures were hitting -2! The cathedral was so stunning and it would have been great to have visited during a service (not that we would have understood any of it).

Barfüsserplatz market is much bigger and also a lot busier as it is located closer to the city centre. We wondered around in the afternoon but also re visited the following morning when it was much quieter! Both markets sell very similar things!

Food

For dinner we visited a local restaurant that was recommended to us called Hasenberg. It was a lovely little restaurant that was full of locals (always a good sign). To start I enjoyed a delicious pumpkin soup that had so much flavour. For mains I ordered a sausage with onion gravy and a potato rostie.

We only needed breakfast on the Sunday morning and forgot that the majority of places were likely to be shut or at least not open until 11am! We visited Hotel Basel for breakfast which was 27 CHF which was a little pricey but it was delicious and kept us going for the rest of the day.

If you fancy a 10 mintue walk out of town for some street food then go to Markethalle! We took a wonder there not really knowing what to expect and it was basically just an inside market selling so many different cuisines. We stopped off for a coffee in a cute little coffee shop and of course had to take some pics!

When in Basel it would be rude not to tuck into a Bratwurst, we came across a market stall that were selling Bratwurst and enjoyed one for lunch. Instead of serving the Bratwurst in a bun they serve it with a slice of soda bread.

All in all we had such a fabulous weekend away, it really did make us all feel extra festive!

Panini Durini Milan Coffee Shop

We came across Panini Durini on Instagram before we visited Milan. The coffee cups they use caught our eye and we knew straight away that we would have to visit (anything for that Instagram shot right?).

We walked into the city on our first day and headed straight to the Duomo di Milano There were so many pigeons flying around (people hand out bird feed) that we left pretty swiftly as Rach has a fear of birds! We decided it was time for a morning coffee, we googled mapped Panini Durini (what would we do without google maps) and we realised it was just a 5 minute walk from the Duomo di Milano so we headed there!

It was such a cute coffee shop and the coffee was SO cheap! We actually couldn’t believe our ears when we heard the price of our coffees, they were just 2 euros 60! WOW we wouldnt even be able to get one coffee for that price in the U.K!

We didn’t actually realise that Panini Durini was a chain, we kept coming across them throughout Milan and since coming back we have done a bit of research! There are a total of 18 coffee shops in Milano, we didn’t see them all but once we had spotted a couple we kept seeing them!

Panini Durini reminded us of Gails, it is a chain but is isn’t nearly as big as some of the other high street chains.

They sell Panini’s of course, which looked absolutely delicious, we didnt try them as it was the morning and we hadn’t long had breakfast!

Rach went for a cappuccino with Soya Milk which cost 1 euro 50 and Annie had an Americano which was just 1 euro 10 cent! Remember if you order a ‘cafe’ in Italy you will be given an espresso!

We asked the lady behind the counter for one of each of the cups as we wanted to photograph both of them LOL! We loved the one that said ‘I drink good coffee’! The tropical cup was also really pretty so we had to get a shot of both of them of course!

We sat outside as it was a lovely fresh November morning, but there was also plenty of seating inside.

If you visit Milian we would definitely recommend you visit Panini Durini, the coffee is cheap and the taste is absolutely delicious… what more could you want?

Transport From Milan Airport to the City

We arrived in Milan Malpensa Airport at around 11pm on Friday evening, we had planned to get an Uber from the airport to our hotel in the city centre like we do in most cities we visit! We opened our Uber app and put in our hotels destination in and we were so shocked to see that it was going to cost us 120 euros! Our hotel was only 27 miles away from the Airport and we couldn’t believe it was going to be that expensive.

I had a look on google and saw that there was a 90 euro flat rate from Malpensa Airport into the City Centre so knew there would be no point in getting a taxi from the taxi rink as well. We knew there must be other ways of getting to our hotel, but it was late so we were worried this would be out only option!

We decided to take a gamble and once we had got through passport control we headed to the train station. We looked the station destinations and realised that we could hop on the train and get into the city centre for just 13 euros per person bargain! You use the red line from Milano Malpensa to Milano Cadorna, its an express train!

From the Station Milano Cadorna it was going to cost us just 12 euros in an Uber to get to our final destination. So this worked out to be just 38 Euros as opposed to 120!

It actually cost us even less as we realised we didn’t have to go into the city centre we could get off a couple of stop beforehand!

We had planned to do the same journey on our return to the airport but we spoke to the staff at our hotel and they advised us to get the Airport express bus to the Malpensa as it was quick and only cost 8 euros. Rach used her excellent maps skills and we walked 10 minutes to the bus stop and hopped on the bus.

We are so glad we decided to not just get an Uber due to convenience and instead save ourselves a bit of money for more food and drink during our trip! In future we will definitely be doing a little bit more research so we can be much more prepared!

No1 Lounge Gatwick Airport

Airport lounges are simply the best way to start your holiday! If you have never visited an airport lounge before your holiday for whatever reason then hopefully after reading this post you may just change your mind. For the past couple of years we have been converted! We almost always book the airport lounge unless we have a ridiculously early flight or we are rushing from work and just don’t have the time.

No1 Lounges are open daily from 4am to 10pm costing £32 online and £40 on the door. We think this is a great value and we would definitely spend a similar amount on food and drink (less of it) if we were in the departure lounges.

You can use the lounge three hours prior to your flight time which we made sure we made the most of. We arrived at the airport extra early as we don’t like feeling stressed or rushed. No1 Lounges gives you access to premium security as well which is a nice little bonus, once we have made our way through security at a nice leisurely pace we then make our way to the lounge where we were able to relax for the next few hours.

The No1 lounge has a fully tended bar offering a wide selection of beverages including sparkling wine, bottled beers and spirits. We both enjoyed a glass or two or prosecco before moving onto the red wine which was a delicious Malbec!

There are also plenty of soft drinks, fizzy drinks can be enjoyed from a self serve machine or there are is flavoured water and iced tea too.

No1 Lounges have a fresh seasonal menu, you are able to help yourself to the self-service food selection.

Breakfast is served before 11AM they offer Bacon Rolls, Beans on Toast, Toasts and preserves and baked vegetables which are all made to order. On the self-serve there is porridge, croissants, Greek yoghurt, cereals and fruit salad.

We arrived at the lounge after 11AM so there was a selection of meals to choose from including, macaroni cheese, soup, lentil Shepard’s pie and much more.

On the self-serve counter there were a selection of bar snacks including cakes, nuts, soup and salad- so much choice!

On arrival we both opted for a glass of prosecco and then scooped the bar snacks from the jar into cute little dishes whilst we did some blog admin on our laptops.

Rach went for the macaroni cheese and bean sausage stew with a side of salad! It was really tasty especially the macaroni cheese as it had mustard in the mix! We did say that it would have been nice to have had a Caesar dressing instead of just balsamic! Annie had the macaroni as well but also tried to lentil shepherds pie which was really flavoursome! We both also shared a bowl of new potatoes that were cooked to perfection and sprinkled in sea salt!

We finished our meal with a selection of desserts! The carrot cake was absolutely delicious and so moist we were really impressed! If we hadn’t of eaten so much before hand we definitely would have gone back for me! There was also a selection of fresh fruit as well!

The lounge also has Runway Views, which we loved! We sat watching the plans wondering where each of them were flying to! We love doing this, we have a fascination with planes, does anyone else use the app when they are out and about to look at where are plane is travelling to?

There is also unlimited Wi-Fi, which was great as we both had a bit of work to do! Rach also managed to upload our YouTube video winning! They also have a selection of magazines on offer- Mens Fitness was our magazine of choice as they didn’t have women’s health!

The toilets are lovely and have L’Occitaine soap which smells divine- we love a good smelling soap!

The dress code is smart casual so make sure you don’t turn up in leggings and trainers as they could turn you away, if you want to be comfortable on your flight just change in the toilets before you leave.

So the next time you are going on holiday or for a weekend away make sure you book the lounge and if it’s Gatwick then it has to be No1 lounge!

Experiencing The Outback This Summer

Australia is such a fab country that Rach visited in 2016 and would love to go back to! Australia is also coming into summer whilst we are preparing for winter so we know where we would rather be! Perhaps one of the most vast and unexplored places in the whole of Australia is the outback.

The outback is a term we brits have heard for years and years and maybe we haven’t put two and two together to realise this is a vast desert area down under. For an amazing adventure we have got to visit the outback and we have heard it’s one we certainly won’t forget any time! Here are some of the places you have to see in the outback this summer or in your lifetime.

Ayers Rock
Uluru is a stunning sandstone rock which has acted as the most popular Australian outback destination for years and years. It is thought that this rock is over 700 million years old which is staggering and as such, this rock is incredibly sacred to the aboriginal people who live there. It is definitely a place you have to see before you leave and we have read it will blow your mind.

Alice Springs Desert Park
If you fancy going somewhere more contained and organised In the outback then you may love a trip to the desert park. During your visit to the park you will be able to see some stunning landscapes, natural flora and fauna of the area and you can also learn more about the aboriginal culture which resides here. We most definitely think It would be a fascinating trip and a fun one.

Kings Canyon
If the idea of seeing a canyon close up is your thing, then you can’t miss the chance to visit this Kings Canyon also known as Watarrka which is located 300km away from Uluru. It is meant to be a beautiful place and it offers the perfect photo opportunity for you during your stay! Woohoo! The canyon walls tower more than 100m over head and the area is incredibly important to local wildlife and therefore no swimming is allowed here.

Lake Eyre
For a stunning experience which you won’t forget any time soon (according to everything we have read), a trip to the largest lake in the whole of Australia is essential when you visit the outback. Lake Eyre is a mind blowing place to see and it is so vast that you will be mistaken for thinking the water goes on forever and ever. This is the ideal place to come on a nice sunny day to bring a picnic and have a hike.

Port Augusta
If you fancy seeing the point which the desert meets the sea, you will be in for a treat when you visit Port Augusta. This is an amazing place that we would love to see. It can be surreal to see the point where the desert ends and the ocean begins. It is a good place to come for a relaxing day sunbathing and catching some waves.

The outback is a beautiful place which will make you feel like a tiny little ant as you explore its vast length and breath! When we return to Australia we will certainly be exploring the outback and we cannot wait!

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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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

2 weeks Itinerary in Canadian Rockies

This is 2 weeks in the Canadian Rockies starting in Calgary and ending in Calgary. Once you pick up your car or campervan from Calgary head to Highway 1 which will take you straight to Banff.

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.

Day 1-3 Banff
We suggest once you pick up your campervan heading straight to Banff for 3 nights.
– Lake Minnewanke
– Climb Sulphur Mountain
– Drinks @ Park Distillery and Calagry Brewing Company
– Chill @ Banff Upper Hot Springs

Campsite: Tunnel Mountain Campground or Two Jack Campground

Day 3-4 Johnston Canyon
From Banff head super early to Johnston Canyon to walk to the falls and then spend one night camping here.
– Walk to Lower Falls, Upper Falls, Ink Pots
– Walk to Castle Lookout

Campsite: Johnston Canyon Campground or Castle Mountain Campground

Day 4-6 Lake Louise
Another early start and head to either Lake Louise or Moraine for the day and then the following day visit the lake you haven’t yet visited
Lake Louise – walk to Little Beehive, Lake Agnes Teahouse and Big Beehive

Campground: Lake Louise Hardsided or Lake Louise Tent

Day 6-7 or 8 Icefields Parkway
Spend 1 or 2 days travelling up the Icefields Parkway. We did two days but wish we only camped for 1 night.
– Bow Lake – walk to the falls
– Peyto Lake – walk to the view point
– Anthabasca Falls

Campground: Mosquito Creek Campground or Honeymoon Lake Campground

Day 7-8/9/10 Jasper
Spend 2 or 3 nights in Jasper (we were originally planning 3 nights but as the weather wasn’t great we left early)
– Cycle to Patricia or Pyramid Lake
– Hire canoes on Pyramid Lake (cheapest in the Rockies)
– Visit Malinge Lake
– Visit Bears Paw Bakery/Cafe

Campground: Whistler or Wapitu

Day 10-12
You may not have these extra days as you may have spent more time in the above locations. Take these days as a free day, we headed back to Banff as we loved it there and also back to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.

Day 12-14 Canmore
Spend 2 nights in Canmore before heading back to Calgary to give the campervan back. Canmore is a very up and coming town nearly as good as Banff. As there are lots of building restrictions now in place in Banff, building has moved to Canmore making it a great town to visit.
– Climb one of the 3 main mountains:
– Visit Canmore Brewing
– Visit Grizzly Paw Brewing

Make sure you read our posts which goes into more detail on the above places and gives lots of hints and tips!
Banff and Johnston Canyon
Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Icefields Parkway and Jasper