We've been hanging around Banff National Park in Alberta Canada for the last
few days and it's hard to get tired of this place....
So much to do....
So much to see....
So little time.
The weather has been brisk and refreshing.
Cool and damp at times.
Changeable I guess is the best way to describe it.
Below is the view from my bedroom window as I lie in bed in the morning.
(The view is actually what I see as my head lays on my pillow)
Peaceful and quiet... the fresh mountain air fills the room.
It's truly a wonderful place!
Our site - #520
|Banff National Park Trailer Court Campground|
Each morning we take the doodles ( and each other ) for a walk.
Kate said that a number of people have been complaining that there has been no pictures of us
lately so I will throw in some this time around.
Here we are on the morning stroll.
Of course - my favorite subject is Kate.
Our morning view as we stroll is pretty nice for sure.
Thursday we went into town for lunch.
It was cool with passing rain showers.
Banff is a vibrant little community.
Tourism based, with plenty of restaurants, gift shops,
and all of the other type of establishments that one would find in a tourist town.
This is the view on Banff Avenue downtown/
|Downtown Banff, Alberta Canada|
Another view of Banff Ave.
We had lunch at the SaltLik Restuarant.
A local steak restaurant with a nice lunch menu.
I had a Kobe Burger & Kate a Steak Sandwich.
Both were delicious and served fresh and hot.
Friday afternoon after work we headed up the Bow River Parkway.
A road that meanders thru a wildlife sanctuary in the National Park.
While we did not see any wildlife, our destination for the day was the Johnston Canyon Trail.
The JCT is in Banff National Park and is a 1.5 mile trail along side Johnston Creek.
It passes 7 sets of waterfalls as you walk along side of the stream.
At times the trail is on catwalks that are suspended on the side of the canyon walls
directly above the rapids below.
A bridge across the Johnson Creek along the trail.
Our destination - about a mile and a half in the canyon was the lower falls.
|Lower falls - Johnston Canyon Trail Banff National Park|
And again... another shot of Kate and I at the falls.
When we returned to the truck - we still had some time to kill, so we drove another
25km west on TC-1 to Lake Lousie.
A beautiful location - it's still a bit early n the season and ice is still on the lake.
Once the ice melts the lake is a deep emerald green color which would contrast with the colors
of the sky, snow, and mountains.
Here is a stock photo of Lake Louise later int he season
Located on Lake Louise is the Fairmont Chateau.
After walking the shoreline we visited this beautiful and luxurious hotel.
There are gift shops, bars and resturants with a view to die for!
Beauty & Luxury all in one spot!
We were here three years ago with Ron & Maxine....
and Rob & Pat.
Dave and John. (who were not in the photo)
The ice was still on the lake then too, although the photo below was about 2 weeks
later in the season.
|Headed to Alaska|
This is truly a beautiful area.
The Canadian Rockies are breathtaking.
Below is a photo taken on TC-1 as we drove back to Banff.
We are now back at camp and the park is slowly fillign up for the long
Victoria Day Weekend.
Our peace and quiet will be temporarily gone.
We are here for one more day and then on Sunday we'll head north to
Jasper National Park.
Stay tuned for the Icefield Parkway.
One of the prettiest drives in North America.