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North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park September 2nd 2019

We woke to the sound of rain. Persistant rain. We had breakfast from about 8am watching the rain from the window. We dragged it out as long as we could but finally had to leave. So off we started on our penultimate riding day, in the rain, uphill and with a chilly head wind. The rain set in for a while and after about 5kms we reached our first pass of the day. The descent was taken with care due to the rain but the wind was still cold. Luckily we had all put on extra layers this morning. We are riding on the Icefields Parkway. The scenery is spectacular. If it isn't huge mountain ranges towering over you from either side, it's turquoise coloured lakes reflecting them, and of course there are the glaciers themselves. ... read more
Just Glorious
Simply Extrordinary
Saskatchewan Crossing.

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park » Bow Lake September 1st 2019

We snapped back into our routine seamlessly. Up at 7am, aim to leave by 8am - and leave at 8:30am. We left Banff with mixed feelings. We're keen to continue our journey but our stay in Banff was wonderful both from a recuperative and scenery perspective. I'd definitely add Banff to my list of places I'd like to visit again. The sky is overcast as we leave and there is a forecast for showers later in the day so the wet weather gear is packed at the top of our panniers. The first part of the ride was the 60km back to Lake Louise along Highway 1 with it's wide bike lane and smooth surface - what a joy to ride on. The ride is a gentle uphill the whole way but the 3 days rest ... read more
Majestic
Mosquito
Icefieds Parkway

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park August 28th 2019

After having been told yesterday that the car park at Moraine Lake usually fills up at 5am, we’re up at 3.30am and on the road by 4am. Issy’s still recovering from jet lag, so she does what is probably the sensible thing to do and stays in bed. Consensus is this had better be worth it. It’s raining on and off which isn’t doing much for our collective sense of humour. We turn off the Highway at Lake Louise and make our way up the ten kilometre windy road to Moraine Lake. We hold our collective breaths as we approach the car park; if it’s full we’re not going to be happy campers. We drive quickly into the first empty spot we see. It’s a bit after 5am and there aren’t too many spots left, and ... read more
Log jam, Moraine Lake
Moraine Lake
Looking east from Moraine Lake

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park June 16th 2019

I worked, saved and invested well so that some day I could do some very nice things with my family. At first, I wanted to take the whole family to Munich, Germany for Oktoberfest, but my daughter Heather is a teacher and Oktoberfest in September isn't a time she can leave her job. My next thought was to take them to one of the most beautiful places I've ever been in all my travels. That place is Lake Louise in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. 10 years ago, a couple years after I retired, I made a trip in my 2000 Suburban from Chicago to Alaska and back. I headed for the Teton Mountains in Wyoming and from there, followed the Rocky Mountains as far north as they go before driving the Alaska ... read more
Fairmont Chateau
Lake Louise View From Our Rooms.
The Rockies

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park June 4th 2019

Day 30 4/06/2019 Lake Louise – Banff After a sleepless night due to the noise from our neighbours we were ready for Penni when she picked us up at 9 and back to the Bagel shop and a Starbucks coffee then onto Lake Louise. Karly and Scott mentioned the noisy neighbours to the parks ranger and he advised that the people camping on the other side of the noisy guys also put in a complaint. We had a walk around the lake. It was the most beautiful icy green colour when the sunlight hit it. We took some photos and then went for a walk through the Fairmont Hotel. We bought some souvenirs and then it was off to the Lake Louise Ski Fields. Ron, Scott and I went on a chair lift while Penni and ... read more
2 Jack Lake
3 Amigos
Lake Louise

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park December 28th 2018

The mountains boasted crisp cold on this morning a few days after Christmas. Bold skiers and snowshoers from the Skrastin's Outdoor Club strapped on their gear for an active day at Lake Minnewanka. We, the "townies" stayed on the bus for the short distance to Banff. With great cheer we walked along the streets filled with tourists, winding our way to the pedestrian bridge across the almost frozen Bow River. Thanking the town workers for an excellently groomed path through the trees, we chatted and strolled in the bright sun and striped dark shadows. In the winter blue of Bow Falls, the river bubbled through the naturally sculpted ice. Glacial snow gleamed from the mountains in all directions. Climbing up the path and stairs to the Banff Springs Hotel, I discovered the "other" side of the ... read more
Bow River ice
Lake Minnewanka
Brilliant snow

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park September 20th 2018

Piękną trasą widokową opisaną w poprzednim wpisie, dojechaliśmy z Jasper do Canmore. Miasta znanego m.in. z ośrodka przygotowań sportowych (ulubione przez Justynę Kowalczyk) oraz zawodów rozgrywanych podczas olimpiady w Calgary w 1988 r. Co ciekawe, w tym momencie miasta wspólnie rozważają ubieganie się o organizację igrzysk w 2026 r. W parku Banff odbyliśmy spacer w Kanionie Johnston, po drodze mijając kilka wodospadów. Oraz odwiedziliśmy tutejsze must see - jeziora Louise i Moraine. Obydwa położone malowniczo wśród gór, z piękną turkusową wodą. To drugie - bezsprzecznie najpiękniejsze dla nas, a widoki można było wygodnie podziwiać ze wzniesienia Rock Pile :-) Niestety, wokół nich niewiele okazji do dłuższych wycieczek czy spacerów... Canmore podbiło nasze serca uroczymi domkami, przyjemnym centrum i smacznym jedzeniem ;-) W piątek ra... read more
Moraine Lake
Johnston Canyon
Johnston Canyon

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park July 19th 2018

Today we hiked at Johnston Valley in Banff. There was a narrow canyon and two waterfalls. Afterward we drove the Icefielda Parkway into Jasper. Beautiful. There were mIre glaciers than in Glacier NP! We stopped near the Columbia Icefield and hiked to the toe of Athabasca Glacier. We are signed up to walk on the glacier tomorrow. It is unusual to have a glacier so accessible and amazing to see where the glacier was in the past (they had markers for certain years). As we drove to our camp ground we passed some cars stopped to look at wildlife. Max said he saw “either a baby cow or deer, it was brown.” I have to say it is hard to find wildlife when driving. I mistake trees, stumps, branches, etc. for animals all the time:). However, ... read more
Johnston Canyon Upper Falls
Clawfoot (?) glacier
Icefields Parkway

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park July 18th 2018

We woke up at 6 today to get to Moraine Lake. As I said the parking lot fills up, so we were able to get a spot! The kids slept as we drove and Max and I slept some more when we got there! rick cooked breakfast at a picnic area near the parking lot. Once it warmed up, we ranted canoes for an hour, which cost C$220!!! We’ve decided we like Lake Moraine better than Lake Louise which gets most of the fuss. After lunch the kids got 3 Xplorer badges for Banff, Lake Louise and the IceFields Parkway. We had some of our first bad weather today with some hail. For dinner we had a treat and ate at the old Lake Lousie train station. Trains were instrumental to making these parks accessible to ... read more
Chrissy and Maggie canoeing

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park July 17th 2018

Just a simple hike, Bow Falls Hoodoos. Found this young elk whetting his thirst. All about two miles from town.... read more
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