8-day road trip itinerary in Canadian Rocky Mountains: Scenic views, easy hikes and brilliant alpine lakes

Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, is known for its iconic turquoise lakes. PHOTO: CHAN BROTHERS
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ALBERTA, Canada – The mountains get closer every day.

In Vancouver, the western Canadian city I fly into, icy peaks backdrop the harbour. I spot them again while my domestic flight descends over Calgary, a smaller city known as the gateway to the Canadian Rockies mountain range. While driving towards the resort town of Banff, these peaks beckon in the distance.

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