Blogs from Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, North America

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I was lucky enough to see two spectacular places that are just an easy drive out of Calgary. I had been told that Johnson's Canyon Ice Walk was a nice place to see and a 'must do' so I decided to go on my own adventure and see this amazing place. Little did I know that not far from Canmore a place called Grotto Canyon would be another one of mother nature's spellbinding sights that would have me captured under her spell. ITS A NEW CAR Last week end I caught the train nervously with $2700 in my back pack, my evidence of registration and my international drivers license. I wasn't nervous because I was carrying $2700 in my bag and on the train with the odd shifty character around the place. What would be so ... read more
2003 Grand Prix Pontiac
Ice skating for the first time
Some how balancing for the photo

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park December 24th 2014

Today was our transit day to Banff ready for Lake Louis. First we packed our bags and checked out from out motel. We had a great stay there and would recommend it to anyone traveling to Vancouver. We asked concierge for directions to the train station which they were happy to help with. Leaving our motel was the first cultural challenge of the day, there are four entries to the road and we were sent out one we hadn't expeienced yet, this one was a rotating glass door. We got confused as to why the revolving door appeared locked, we took a step back then realised we were walking out the left side or clockwise, upon trying to go the right hand side or anti-clockwise we managed to exit the building. We made the two block ... read more
Our boots in the snow
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North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park August 13th 2014

Today we were going to go river rafting but we couldn't because Ania messed up on the GPS, so it could have been a short ride which my dad didn't get. But instead we went to a lake that was really blue and pretty. When we got there I got a fossil necklace and I got earrings for my mom. Next we just walked around the little neighborhood near the lake and then we picked a place to sit so Ania can teach us to meditate. I didn't get it though. After that we went to a waterfall to dump cold water over Ania's and my dad's head for some reason. Next we went to a store and got veggie burgers and broccoli for our BBQ at our campsite. When we go to the campsite, Vitor ... read more
Emerald Lake
After ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Takakkaw Waterfall

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park August 12th 2014

Today we were going on a kind of long hike up this mountain that was really, really pretty because there was a nice lake that was called Peyto Lake. It was really blue. The mountains were also really pretty because of its beautiful flowers. I took a lot of pictures with my new camera that Ania gave me. At one point we stopped to have a drink and eat. We had apples and dried fruit. Next we went up just a little bit more and Vitor started building things with rocks. The view was amazing. Finally we went down the mountain and Ania told me a few things in Polish because she is from Poland but of course I do not remember. Then we went to Jasper National Park and on the way we saw some ... read more
A Fun Selfie
Tranquility
Athabasca Glacier

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park August 8th 2014

We had the best of intentions today of getting out early and riding the chair lift to the Norquay ski area and having breakfast on top of the mountain, then driving to Lake Louise for the views, then going up to the Sunshine Meadows area for some hiking. Unfortunately, early morning claps of thunder and occasional lightning flashes made that plan obsolete before it was born. After breakfast in the hotel, we decided that the chair lift was not to be, and decided to drive the 60 km to Lake Louise. It appeared more clear that direction, but by the time we got there it was raining hard. WE returned to the hotel and took care of some mundane chores. BY afternoon, a clear time was promised over the Lake Louise area, so we drove up ... read more
Glacier above Lake Louise
Glacier above Lake Louise

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park August 7th 2014

We made a nearly start to give ourselves plenty of time and to avoid tour group crowds. We had some significant hiking in mind, and wanted to be sure we had time. Early in the morning there were clouds hanging around each mountain peak, like the clouds were seeking shelter from prevailing winds. As the day went along, these dissipated, leaving the peaks standing up starkly against the intensely blue sky. Our first early morning stop was at Athabasca Falls, one of the most visited places in the park. Fortunately, we got there ahead of the tour groups and had only a few fellow travelers at the site. This falls thunders (and yes, that is the appropriate word) over a cliff formed by a glacier, and cuts its way back a few millimeters every year. In ... read more
Athabasca Falls
Lateral moraine of Athabasca Glacier
Glacier point in 1982 showing recession

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




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