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

Today was a “day off.” We drove to the town of Banff and I did laundry while Max did some work for summer school and Rick and Maggie did grocery shopping. Banff was crazy busy and a “regular” town with a Gap and Chili’s! After our chores we saw movies (Max and Rick saw Antmsn, Maggie and Chrissy Hotel Transylvania). It was so hot we just wanted somewhere to cool off. On our way back to camp we drove on the Bow Valley Parkeay which was very scenic. It was the road used in the area before the Trans Canadian Highway was built with the animal over and underpasses. However, we weren’t able to spot any wildlife except for a deer and we see those at home! ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park July 16th 2018

So, since you know us you won’t be surprised that we did a hike to a second tea house! Food does motivate us:). Today, we woke early again and hiked Lake Louise to the Plain of Six Glaciers tea house. We were able to get a table and had a proper “tea”. I had tea and biscuits, others had cake and cold drinks. It is amazing that these tea houses were built and are operated in such remote locations. We found out employees work 5 days on, 2 days off. They have one helicopter supply drop a season, then all other supplies are brought in by horse or foot. Then we wanted to reward Maggie for doing two hikes in two days (we had planned every other day), and did what she wanted-Radium Hot Springs! This ... read more
Tea and tea biscuits.
at the 2nd tea house
On the hike to Plain of Six Glaciers

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park July 15th 2018

Today we woke up early as the parking at Lake Louise fills up early! We hiked from Lake Louise to a tea house at Lake Agnes. We had some cookies at the tea house. We saw Mirror Lake on the way. This was about 2.5 Miles and took 1 hr, 40 min. one way. Later we drove to Lake Louise ski resort and Moraine Lake. It was very difficult to get to Moraine Lake as they have a small parking lot and close it when it is full. Our campground is enclosed with an electric fence which is for those of us who aren’t in RVs. There are also cool animal crossings on the highway which runs through the park so animals can go over or under the road.... read more
Lake Louise
Lake Louise.
Mirror Lake

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park February 23rd 2018

7/15 Our Fresh Tracks bus picked us up in Calgary mid morning for our transfer to Banff on the Trans-Canada Highway, the longest paved highway in the world. We passed through the Stoney-Nakoda Reserve, the original “people of the mountains” or “people who cook with stones”. Our driver informed us that Sitting Bull had left the US Dakotas to bring his tribe here. The Stoneys taught the Dakota people how to hunt in this new territory. Sitting Bull went back to the US to stand trial and never returned to Canada. Instead he joined Buffalo Bill's show in Wyoming. Many films were shot on this reserve including Little Big Man and Sitting Bull’s History Lesson. At noon we checked in at the charming Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa but found we had a hike to find ... read more
Cave and Basin, before smoke, Banff
Cave and Basin, smoke comes in, Banff
Cave and Basin, smoke obliterates view of mountains, Banff

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park February 23rd 2018

7/16 On our included Bus Tour of Banff our guide took us up Tunnel Mountain Drive through Banff National Park where we began to explore its many wonders. We saw the Banff version of hoodoos, formations of dissolving limestone formed 20,000 years ago, small (by comparison to those in Utah) but our view was of only three humps in the Bow River Valley. In the distance we saw the Sleeping Buffalo Mountain and the Banff Hot Springs Hotel as well as the well known Sulphur Mountain(Banff Gondola) but this part of the tour was less than exciting due to the lack of visible wildlife and cloudy views here. The Bow River coursed through this valley where we stopped to pick Buffalo Berries or Soap Berries, a favorite of bears. Luckily no bears offered competition for ... read more
Two Jack Lake
Lake Minnewanka
Bow Falls

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park » Johnston Canyon September 14th 2017

We have been here before, at this particular Castle Mountain overflow campsite, many times. It is our favourite hangout destination in the Rockies, although we have certainly ventured to other areas in Alberta and British Columbia over the decades. We have travelled to the mountains before children, with children, and now return, full circle, just the two of us again. We have cycled through the mountains, climbing the daunting Roger's Pass not once, but twice. We have motorbiked from Saskatchewan through the Rockies to the west coast; we have hiked Banff’s Sulphur Mountain at least a dozen times, as well as taken on the far more ominous challenge of hiking Castle Mountain. We have canoed the mountain lakes and attempted to kayak the swift flowing streams :) We have not been short on adventures. But the ... read more
Castle Mountain
The foothills
Follow that bike

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park » Bow Lake August 11th 2017

The warm temperatures of this summer soaked into us as we walked up the sun-dappled trail. Tree roots made a crazy staircase through the forest undergrowth of red, yellow and purple wild flowers. Water is abundant enough that we crossed six rivulets, with rough stepping stones thoughtfully placed by others. Our already slow group divided into "bit faster" and "bit slower", and since the scenes were beautiful, I stayed with the latter. As we moved into a more meandering and undulating section, we could see over the dark green tree canopy to the deep turquoise of Bow Lake, overseen by the hanging grey ice of Crowfoot Glacier. Just at the path grew steeper and stonier, our backward glances rewarded us with the shining ribbon of the Bow River cutting through the faraway valley. Turning my attention ... read more
Crowfoot Glacier
Burnt woods
Bow Lake




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