Canadian Rocky Morning Delight
Num-Ti-Jah Lodge on Bow Lake just north of Lake Louise in Banff National Forest is a treasure, but then again, the entire Canadian Rockies makes for one unending series of aesthetically arresting moments.
The Num-Ti-Jah lodge was built and run by arguably the most iconic frontiersman of the Canadian Rockies, the legendary Jimmy Simpson. It borders the underrated Bow Lake (underrated due to having the misfortune of being a stone's throw from its supermodel big sisters Lake Louise and Moraine Lake). However, when you combine the lake with the lodge, it is an experience not to be missed. I highly recommend staying at the lodge. You can feel the 100 years of stories speaking to you with every creak of your footstep.
After a night's stay, I rose at 6:30am and peeked out the third-story window in time to see a young grizzly bear ambling across the parking lot, with the occasional sudden startled lurch prompted by the persistent dive-bombing of a mockingbird. Roused by this unexpected morning performance, I got dressed and took a nice morning hike around the lake perimeter singing the familiar Canadian Rocky song, "Yo Bear!" Unforgettable.