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North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise September 17th 2013

Ready to hit the road at 7.30am after having a quick look at Sunwapta Falls. Like all the other falls we have seen over the past few days it was impressive. Today we are driving the Icefield Parkway from Jasper to Lake Louise. It is a stretch of road almost 200km long - but don't expect to be able to drive it in a few hours. The drive is through some pretty spectacular sights and there are photos and hikes to be taken around every corner! The Icefields Parkway (highway 93) traverses high elevation (2,088m) mountain terrain. During the winter months snow chains are required for driving this road. In this blog today I will list the places of interest we stopped along the journey to our destination of Lake Louise: View point to photographs three ... read more
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North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise August 15th 2013

After steeping in 104 degree sulphur hot springs (but no odor), we picnicked with the Big Horn sheep. Then hiked the boardwalk trail to the original hot springs (current one opened in 1986). Next day, head to Lake Louise via the Ice Field Parkway across the Columbia ice fields. We are now camped in a lovely national park campground, with 30 amp electric, much appreciated; onboard water, and will have to dump on our way out (but after dry camping for three nights, we feel like we are in high cotton). Heeere's the pics:... read more
Jon, our RV shepherd, with "his other flock"
on hike to original hot springs
Joe and Cindy

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise August 15th 2013

We felt adventurous today so we all headed up to Lake Louise Mountain. It is the second largest ski resort in Canada with Whistler being number one. In the summer they have chairlifts and gondolas that take you to almost the top of the mountain. From there you can see all of the Lake Louise area below. Unfortunately it was very cloudy this morning so the pictures I took were OK, but could have been better had the sun cooperated. We were just glad it did not rain on us. We ate lunch at the mountain since they had a great deal on chairlift & lunch combo tickets. We are always looking for the good deals. After lunch Ron and Carolyn went to search out for free Wi-Fi while Joe, Jon, Joyce and I headed to ... read more
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North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise August 14th 2013

It was a beautiful drive from Jasper to Lake Louise. We passed several icefields along the way. It is simply amazing even in the heat of the summer these icefields barely melt. We could have taken a bus onto one of the icefields and then walked on it, but none of us wanted to take the chance of falling. We all agreed it's the pits getting old. We did see a black bear along the road, but that was all the wildlife on the trip into Lake Louise. Along the way we did see the fireweed in different stages. Some were still in full bloom, others were starting to change their buds into cotton looking buds and some had already fully changed into the cotton buds. The cotton buds then fly away in the wind and ... read more
Cyclists along road - we think they are kind of nuts!
Fairmont Chateau - front
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise May 11th 2013

We've moved again!!....We got back from Seattle last Tuesday and ended up back at the Hosteling International Hostel on Jericho Beach about 20 minutes from Downtown Vancouver, where we stayed just before we headed down to the US. Before we got there we imagined the place would be packed.....but we were the only ones in our dorm, aswel as a few others staying elsewhere in the hostel, it was pretty much deserted. Which was a suprise for us as the weather has been geting really good the last 2 weeks, and as the hostel is literally next to the beach, and is only a 20 minute bus ride to Downtown, we thought everyone would be trying to stay there. It makes me think no one actually knows about this place....not that we were complaining! But we ... read more
Grant at Lake Louise
Our hostel at Jericho Beach
Jade at Lake Louise

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North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise January 29th 2013

Well, in the end, we didn't go to the Ice Sculpture show.. I've been a couple of times before, though, and I loved it! AND, this year, my friend, Jessica went, and she said I could use her pictures!! Jessica and her family went up in the early afternoon, to Lake Louise, to the Ice Show, and then after that, met a bunch of our friends to go sledding at a ski-hill, on their way back to Calgary. We couldn't go...too bad for us. The Ice Sculpting show ended Sunday, January 27th. The ACTUAL carving competition was from the 18th to the 20th. 24 sculpting teams from around the world compete for 34 hours, at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta, using With 300 lbs (136 kg) blocks of ice! The theme this year was "Carve ... read more
Sound of an Angel
Run through the jungle
Tube Town

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise January 24th 2013

Another chance for a been there in the summer now lets see what its like in the winter trip. We were told we must go see the amazing ice sculptures at Lake Louise, and amazing they were. It was really cool to see how much detail they are able to put into the sculptures and the hard work that must go into them. We were unable to go to the sculpting competition but went to see the finished products. You could also skate or walk out onto the lake and go through a sculpture that resembled a castle, it was very neat to be able to get up close and actually touch the sculpture and take photos. It was a fantastic day, the lake and mountains looked amazing, as always. =) Almost forgot to mention... Amanda ... read more
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North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise October 5th 2012

In the morning, we grabbed some breakfast, checked out and then went to pick up our rental car for the next week. We then went shopping for food and supplies, including checking out MEC (Mountain Equipment Cooperative) which is huge and has great prices on camping and outdoors stuff. We were both starting to feel a bit broke, and we also were pretty limited in how much room we had in our bags, so no purchases were made (so much restraint and discipline!). Actually, we were going to get a reusable coffee filter for $8, but then you had to become a member which was $5 so no really worth it. We finally got on the road towards the Rocky Mountains around 3pm only to discover the perils of Vancouver traffic (especially when it's raining for ... read more
Distant Peaks
Freezing Falls
More stunning distant vistas

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise August 17th 2012

After both managing to get time of work together we decided to go exploring, Banff National Park was first on our list, the plan was to go up to Lake Louise, have a look around and then head to Lake Moraine for a hike and then explore the town of Banff, well in hind sight that was a bit of wishful thinking, there was no way to fit all that in one day... We head off to Banff along HW1 and into the Rocky Mountains. We pull off the highway and into Banff. There were so many people, definitely a tourist town. We went into a sporting shop and to get some bear spray and a bear bell, the man explained to us how to use them and then we were off with bear spray in ... read more
Lake Agnes
Lake Louise from top of Big Beehive
Moraine Lake

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise July 13th 2012

Of all the natural wonders on earth, the Canadian Rocky Mountains had occupied top spot on my 'places to visit' list ever since I ticked off the fjords of Norway's west coast on my first trip to Europe in 2008. Images of shimmering alpine lakes encircled by majestic mountain peaks had swirled around in my head, beckoning me like a siren's song from afar. So although I had decided to make Vancouver the focal point of my efforts to find a job in Canada - once my money had run out and my inter-continental holiday had come to an end - there was never any question in my mind that I would first have to get up into the Rocky Mountains to see and explore as much as possible before reality had a chance to intervene. ... read more
Portrait of a mountain landscape
Grand viewpoint
Rocky Mountain classic




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