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North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park June 19th 2014

Up early for an 0730 bag pull. Then onto the coach by 0830. Bit slow out of the blocks this morning, finally get to breakfast at 0800. Walking into the breakfast place and get confronted by Julie from the Alaskan tour. Their tour got into jasper the night before. Stop to chat to her so our time for breakfast reduced.... Get out into he bus and find our seats. Then get of to chat to Julie and Greg - hold up both buses but bugger it..... Away to the Athabasca Falls - really pretty falls very close to the road - we get very close and the power is amazing. Othe trafalgar tour arrives as well, so 3rd time we get to cross paths with the others in half a day. More bears - more pics ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park September 19th 2013

Amazingly, stunning and beautiful day here in Banff. Yes it is cold but looking out the window of the RV we just couldn't wait to explore this majestic looking place. The town of Banff is quite large and gets extremely busy with large amounts of tour buses stopping here each day for visitors to purchase souvenirs and explore the township. Banff is Canada's highest town sitting at 1,384m above sea level. I visited a washroom (as the Canadians called them - Australians call them toilets and Americans call them bathrooms) and the atmosphere in here was quite unique. There was classical music playing in the background! Certainly made me want to stay a little longer! First adventure of the day was a drive up to Sulphur Mountain for the Gondola ride up to the summit. It ... read more
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North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park September 18th 2013

Last night Rain fell for the majority of the night. It always sounds louder on the roof of the RV then it really is. The pitter patter of the rain is very relaxing and makes it hard to get out of the warm bed in the morning. Woke up to the sound of the train tooting as it went through the village. The sound echoed loudly through the woods. Wouldn't mind if we had to wake up to this every day. Since it was raining we put on our wet weather gear ready for our hike to the Trail of The six glacier tea house - a 5.5km hike one way from Lake Louise. First up was photos of the iconic Lake Louise although the Victoria Glacier that hangs over the lake was not visible today ... read more
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North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park September 9th 2013

September 5, 2013 - Banff Well the weather has been kind to us yet again despite a dodgy forecast so we make hay while the sun shines and squeeze another walk in. This one starts just at the bottom of Tunnel Mountain Drive, just minutes from our accommodation. It’s wonderfully called the Hoodoos Trail as it ends in a view of said Hoodoos. These are (in case you were wondering) tall, thin spires of rock that protrude from the ground. Like the kind of thing you’d see in Utah. They’re formed by several years of erosion and are composed of soft and hard layers of rock and sand. Quite an impressive sight with Mount Rundle in the background and the picturesque Bow Valley laid out beneath us. A few rafts with tourists are floating down the ... read more
The Bow Valley, Banff
The Hoodoos
Johnson Canyon

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park July 6th 2013

Das schlechte Wetter hat uns einige Tage frueher als geplant aus Squamish vertrieben. Und so sassen wir also viele Meilen lang in unserem Auto, auf dem Trans-Canada-Highway Richtung Osten. Unterwegs waren wir Sportklettern in den Begbie Bluffs in Revelstoke noch in British Columbia, und am Lake Louise in Alberta. Vor allem letzteres war ein wahnsinniger Touri-Ort, aber wunderschoen gelegen. Danach folgte noch Canmore, mit einem fantastischen, brandneuen Recreation Centerund umgeben von Bergen. Da uns die Campingplaetze unterwegs zu teuer waren waren wir Wild-Campen, nicht immer super idyllisch, aber umsonst. Der Tiefpunkt war auf jeden Fall ein Platz zehn Meter neben einem Bahngleis. Und im Gegensatz zu Deutschland gibt es hier Kilometer lange (wirklich!) Frachtzuege, mit sechs Triebwagen, die die Strecke alle ein bis zwei Stunden frequentieren. Te... read more
Klettern in Revelstoke
Piet vor der Horde Locals
Roger's Pass

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North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park June 16th 2013

Sunday 16 June We were up and around early again for a full days sight seeing. Egan, Mel & Sophie were joining us. First stop breakfast at the very popular Breakfast Café in Canmore. Lots of coffee, two eggs sunny side up, sausage, hash browns, toast and grape juice - delicious. Next stop was Johnston Canyon, a trail up to Upper Falls. 3 miles round trip - beautiful! We saw some dippers and a well fed ground squirrel. It was busy but well worth the walk - ice cream again on our return. Back to the car and on up to Lake Louise first stopping at the ski-centre. The lake was our next stop - walking down to it we passed the stables but resisted a ride! Once again the views were superb - the water ... read more
Melodie with Sophie on the walk!
On the walk
Moraine Lake

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park June 10th 2013

The Banff Centre serves a great buffet breakfast, which we shared with other conference attendees. Then Wayne went off to his sessions, and I walked to town for some window shopping. I also went to the Cascade Gardens, but only pansies were planted yet. It's hard to remember how late the spring comes here. At noon I took advantage of an aerobics class, "Anything Goes," with weights, bands, and the Bosu (half ball). It was good to work other parts of the body after so much leg work with all of our hiking. The class was really fun and well taught. Unfortunately, there are no classes on the weekend, so this will be my only one. After a strange lunch thrown together from various bits we have accumulated, I walked out to the view of the ... read more
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
On the shore of Lake Louise
Snowy trail at Lake Louise

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park March 3rd 2013

So many people signed up for this walk (73!) that organizers arranged car pools in addition to the bus. Finally walking with Joyce again, we went in her car with Ann and Cecile. The traffic was more obvious in a car, and surprising for so early on a Friday. Perhaps some were getting away early for the weekend, forecast with excellent weather. I had never been to Sunshine , presumably because of its main activity of skiing. The turn-off is a bit west of Banff; the others in the car were exclaiming about how much the road has improved, including paving all the way. As expected, we arrived before the bus – a good opportunity to get to the washrooms first. The disadvantage was that we never were clear on what walking options had been offered ... read more
Rock Isle Lake
Larix Lake
Grizzly Lake

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park February 9th 2013

An extra-quick drive to Home Road got me to the Montgomery Community Association parking lot by 7:45, well in time for the bus arranged by the Skrastin’s Outdoor Club. Of course there were already other people on the bus, i.e., even earlier than me, and quite a few more came shortly after me. On the dot of 8:00 we left, driving to the Canadian Tire parking lot on Richmond Road. Here Joyce joined me on what became a full bus. We promptly left at 8:15, taking the Bragg Creek road out of town, then onto the Transcanada. After a while, the president of Skrastins Outdoor Club welcomed us and introduced the organizer, Wolfgang, who described the three hikes on offer today. Joyce and I (and most others) had already read about them on the website. At ... read more
Paintbrush
Sundance Creek
Sundance Creek

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park December 9th 2012

As I was departing Jasper the following morning nice and early I came upon a group of Elk crossing and obstructing the road. They didn’t seem to be too bothered by vehicles as they leisurely made their way across. The weather on the drive down to Lake Louise was much the same as on the way up which meant I didn’t get too many clear views of the mountains. Much of the drive on the Icefields parkway was covered in more than a foot of snow. The snowplows hadn’t had a chance to clear much of it away so I had a rather interesting time of it in the old Corolla. I arrived into Lake Louise in the afternoon and decided to squeeze in a quick hike up to Lake Agnes which has a teahouse by ... read more
Johnson Canyon upper falls
Johnson Canyon
View over the Bow Valley from Tunnel mountain in Banff




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