Adventure Caravans / tours by RV to Alaska and the Canadian Rockies in 2008
Adventure Caravans / tours by RV to Alaska and the Canadian Rockies in 2008
Day 6 - Canmore, Lake Louise, Banff and surrounding areas
We woke to a beautiful, but cold (39 degrees) morning with the moon still showing above the mountain peaks. We all loaded into a bus at 8:00 AM and left for parts unknown.
We were given a treat when a dear arrived for her morning drink in the river. Our next stop was the beautiful Lake Louise. The lake is fed from melting glaciers and has a beautiful medium blue color created by suspended "rock flour" in the water.
The Chateau Lake Louise was originally built by the Canadian Pacific Railroad in 1913.
This plaque is beneath the statue on the right.
We then visited Moraine Lake and were treated to another spectacular view.
The Moraine Lake Lodge also has individual cabins located along the shore.
En route to Banff, we encountered a bull Elk browsing along the road and then passed this beautiful lake (?). Note the horns of the Elk are still fuzzy.
About 11 of us decided to take the gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain at 7486 feet. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Banff skywalk along the summit ridge, follows Norman Sanson's path he took for 30 years to the stone hut at the top to record weather data. The gondola station and restaurant and the wooden walkway to the weather hut.
Here are a few of the spectacular views from the top.
This is the stone weather hut and now serves as a Cosmic Ray Station.
We then visited the Bow River Falls just outside of Banff. The spectacular Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel was also built by the Canadian Pacific Railroad in the early 1900's.
On the way to Johnson Lake we encountered a number of mountain sheep eating gravel along the road.
You'll notice that all of us are well behind our intrepid photographer. We figured we could make it back to the bus before he did.
The last two beautiful lakes we visited were Lake Johnson on the left and Lake Minnewanka on the right.
And a final good night to all, was a spectacular sunset!
By the way, this was around 10:00 PM.
Day 7

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