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North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park August 20th 2015

Nothing can explain the nervous and excited energy I felt while I waited at the airport for mum and sis to walk through the doors at arrivals to collect their luggage. This was more special than just the usual airport pick up as I had not seen anyone from home in person for nearly 7 months and in this case it was my family coming to visit. It was great to have a familiarity around again, but as I found out as our journey goes on that having them for a short time may have reminded me what I left behind 7 months ago, what I am beginning to miss a lot more. CALGARY The journey to that climax started with a couple of days touring around Calgary. Feeling like a minor expert of the city ... read more
Calgary Zoo
Two Jack Lake, Banff
Lake Minnewanka, Banff

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park August 11th 2015

Moriane Lake is one of the jewels of the Rockies. Like many high mountain lakes, it’s fed by glaciers resulting in stunningly beautiful colored waters ranging from a deep robin’s egg blue to emerald green. We arrived early and launched our sturdy canoe. (This required David getting his feet wet, as the only dock on the lake is privately owned and there are few easy places to launch.) However, once on the lake, we were rewarded as there were few other canoes and the water was perfectly calm. The mountains surrounding the lake bathe it in shadow for most of the morning, so we paddled up and down the lake twice waiting for it to shine. (It’s a very small lake.) After setting the canoe back on top of the truck (not an easy task), we ... read more
Beautiful View
Perched above the lake
Stunning Morine Lake!

We were staying in the Johnston Canyon campground on the Bow Valley Parkway just down the road from Johnston Canyon. For most of the day, (like most days) the parking lot and road at the trail head was cloged with vehicles, so we decided to hike the canyon later in the day. It was a good time to go as most of the crowds had left, and it was cooler. (Temperatures were in the upper 20 C to lower 30 C range.) Johnston Creek tumbles its way down the canyon in a brilliant display of blue, green and white waters. I’ve been on this trail several times, and today, David and I both saw a small fish try to launch itself up one of the falls!... read more
Johnston Canyon Fall
Johnston Canyon Fall
Johnston Canyon Fall

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park August 10th 2015

Today, as we were driving down the TransCanada Highway, a place I've been many times, David announced we were going, "down there" and pointed at the side of the road. I said, "There's no road down there. There's just water and trees." As we drove on, I kept looking for a road, but no, it was just more water and trees. I thought he was joking. Nope. There was a road "down there," just a wee bit off the TransCanada and almost completely obsured from view. Along the road are the Vermillion Lakes. These lakes are home to a variety of wildlife including, fish, moose, deer, and birds -- we saw ducks, some cranes and a bald eagle. And, of course, there's the mosquitos. The lakes are also provide a stunning viewpoint for Mt. Rundle, especially ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park July 14th 2015

Day 11 This day found us heading south to begin our journey home. We drove thru Jasper and Banff and the scenery is overwhelming! Just so many glaciers high up in the mountains. Only stopped once at a scenic overlook where wildlife gathers in winter as it is protected from the harsh winters. I always thought it was harsh everywhere up here in the winter. It's all relative I guess. We drove the same roads as we did going north, but going south gave us different views. Saw the crazy hat ranch place again, and tons of cattle ranches, and mountains in the distance. Stopped in Pincher Creek for the night and hope to make it to the Wyoming border by the end of the day tomorrow.... read more
Same lake same Mtn, and same day

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park July 12th 2015

Day 8 Slept in again this morning, just something about the cool mountain air... Headed back to the same road where we saw the wildlife the previous day but were shut out. Probably because it was noon and they were all in nice cool places by then. Early worm gets the bird! However, there was still spectacular scenery. Oh my goodness! The huge mountain peaks and glaciers were all over the place. I have never seen such a chain of mountains with 10,000 foot peaks and glaciers. We made it half way to Jasper on the Ice fields parkway. It was about fifty miles of this (and it was still going on...) Oh, and the lakes! Lake Louise is not the most spectacular lake in the park as we found out today. We hiked Bow Lake ... read more
Bow Lake
Bow Lake
Bow Glacier

We didn't really do all that much today, but we enjoyed what we did. After a good breakfast we left Canmore for Johnston Canyon. Our plan was to hike up the canyon, but when we got there the trail was closed due to a tree that fell across it right at the beginning. Bummer. But we found a park ranger and asked his advice, and he told us of another way to the upper part of the canyon, on what is known as the Moose Meadow trail. Why it's called that I do not know. We saw neither moose nor meadow the whole way. We did see lots of forest, a couple squirrels, butterflies, the most beautiful flowers, and we reached the upper Johnston falls not long before they closed those off too. A couple of ... read more
Johnston Canyon
Lake Louise

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park June 7th 2015

Two Jack Lake Campsite #32 We moved into our long-term campsite, #32, the next day. It was a walk-in site which meant we had to bring food down from our truck to cook each night then trudge back up from the lakeside after each meal to clean and store those items in our hard-shelled vehicle, away from bears. The short walk was worth it. Even the rangers said we had the best campsite in the entire Banff National Park. The setting was private, separate and had expansive views of Two Jack Lake. I took dozens of photos over our stay of the beautiful light on the lake in its many changes from sunrise to sunset and later. Two Jack Lake and Two Jack Main (not open until high season) are off the Lake Minnewanka exit instead ... read more
Lake Morraine Reflections
Yes that is a bear
Our campsite on Two Jack Lake

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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