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Johnston Canyon Ink Pots

To get to the Ink Pots travel past the Johnston Canyon Upper Falls and follow the signs that lead uphill. Almost as soon as you get past the Upper Falls the crowds nearly disappear as not many people continue the hike the Ink Pots (5.8 km roundtrip). 

The hike there is pretty tough as it's completely uphill- you basically hike up a mountain and down into a valley, but the views are completely worth it! The Ink Pots consist of several pools of emerald coloured cold mineral springs that remain a constant temp of 4C. 

There are several places to sit around the Ink Pots so we recommend bringing a lunch or some snacks to chill out with and enjoy the view. We stopped off at Safeway in Canmore for cheap (and massive) sandwiches, fresh juice, and hummus - perfect meal, perfect rest stop. 

We ended up getting some rain during our hike but didn't mind at all as the fog rolled in and the few people there dispersed. The hike back is a lot easier than the hike there - take it all in and enjoy!

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Moraine Lake pt. 2

Moraine Lake in May is insane. Mostly because the access road doesn't open until late May - early June so it's way less crowded than it is later into the summer - also, that blue! 

The only downside of heading to the lake this early is that since it's glacier fed it doesn't completely fill until late June. 

 Not a big deal as it's still crazy beautiful, but you can't go canoeing (just head up the road to Lake Louise for that) and it means less intense blue hued views from the lakeshore hike. 

This time we made sure to walk up the rock pile trail (that was actually our main mission) and wow! This trail is a must even if you're here when it's packed!

We were lucky enough to have the entire viewing area to ourselves and our pup for a few minutes to take it all in and get some photos. 

We could easily visit this place a hundred times over! Crowded with hundreds of people or half empty, it doesn't matter, this place is insane and a must for your adventure list.

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