National Park Proud

Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
Trip End Mar 06, 2013

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Monday, October 1, 2012

Midday temperature: 23C

Well we thought our campsite bunnies were cute but one of our neighbours explained why they don't agree with us, they just had to spend $150 to repair car wiring that the bunnies had chewed.

We left Drumheller this morning and headed to Banff. We saw our first glimpse on this trip of the Rocky Mountains. Once we were into the mountains, the winds blew, and blew. The wind blew so hard that at times areas of Banff were without power. We settled into our campsite in Tunnel Mountain campground of Banff National Park. Absolutely incredible views of the mountains are all around us. Then into Banff to explore the main street and to hike to Bow River Falls. Banff is an amazing town, with an array of bike and walking trails. But the winds, oh my, it made walking difficult. We were hoping to ride on the Sulfur Mountain gondola but because of the winds and power problems the ride was shut down.

After exploring the town we visited with Gabby and her beautiful children Libby and Ryan. Gabby used to work with Greg at the IWK but after moving here for the lifestyle she is the manager of the Banff Hospital OR. The ski slopes that Gabby and her husband Colin use can be seen from their front window. It’s not for the faint of heart; almost vertical slopes, and so high. We went back to the park for supper, then we walked the campground trails until sunset.

The scenery is incredible through the National Parks; it’s something that every Canadian should experience.

Province driven in: Alberta
Driven today: 282 km
Driven to date: 6660 km
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Judy B on

We actually hiked up Sulphur Mountain. Upon our return to the bottom, we rested our weary bones in the sulphur water pool that had been 'cooled' to 104 degrees F. Mind you, we were there in July no the fall. The Canadian Rockies are mind-blowing. So tall, snow-capped in places (in July) and the aquamarine lakes and rivers are beyond description and sometimes photos just don't capture the colour. Enjoy your journey through our Canadian mountains!

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