After enduring a particularly gruelling day hike the day before with tough winds and pelting rain, we decided to spend day two of our Banff hiking trip in Sunshine Meadows, known during the winter time as the Sunshine Ski Resort.
You take a shuttle bus up what is the ski-out in winter (and a particularly painful ski-out, since it’s quite flat and boring), and arrive at a landing of inoperative chairlifts, swinging softly in the gentle autumn breeze. There’s not a cloud in the sky today, the sun is shining, and the larches are proudly wearing their new colours.
We decided to hike up Rock Isle Trail and take the loop to Laryx lake. As we walked, we could see Mount Assiniboine far off in the distance. After a gentle uphill hike away from the unnatural ski equipment, we reached Rock Isle Lake, which is now one of my favourite lake spots in the Rockies.
We cracked open a bottle of wine and sat on a perch overlooking the water. The group of us alternated doing yoga poses with this view in the background. Though the previous day had been tiring and my feet were barely managing today’s easy pace, I would pinch myself if I was ever so lucky to have another hiking day as perfect as this one.