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... We'd been thinking of going ice-skating at Lake Louise but decided against it and had a quiet afternoon for what remained.
In the evening we went down to the deli. Matt had lasagne and I had a tiny bit of it and a coffee. I wasn't hungry. There ended up being eight of us from our group in the deli.
Went back upstairs and packed for early start ...
... I saw Willo and her group so told her I just had to dash upstairs which I did. Quickly put my thermal pants on and back down. Couldn't find Jaqi and our group so stayed with Willo. I'd forgotten my hat and thought I'd be ok with coat hood but Jaqi sent me back up for a hat. Talk about all the running around. At that stage I wasn't looking forward to the ice-walk.
Got out to Johnston Canyon and strapped on our cleates and headed off in two groups. I ...
... on another bus, so he took us to one of his favourite spots which wasn't on the tour schedule, Jasper House Lookout which had another spectacular view.
We started noticing on the road that as we got higher in elevation we started seeing trees with snow right next to the road, rather than higher up the mountains.
Then the final scheduled stop was Peyto Lake. Dustin wasn't sure if we would be able to see this one because earlier today, it was closed ...
... leadership abilities, most likely :) I picked some berries from a nearby bush and we fed them to the squirrels, who ate from our hands and one of them even bit Julia a little (didn't break skin, so it's fine). We hung around the rock pile for half an hour observing and feeding the squirrels and then moved on.
A little further ahead we saw the area where streams of melted water from ...
... which allowed you to recline in comfort and also receive a welcome breeze as the boat roared along the middle of the lake. Over 100 years earlier, Lake Minnewanka was much, much smaller than it is now, but a decision to build a dam significantly changed the size of the lake. It also had a monumental impact on a small town located on its then shores, causing it to be totally submerged. The underwater town now attracts scuba-divers ...