Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
104Trip End Mar 06, 2013
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What a difference a day makes. Yesterday there wasn't any snow visible on the mountain tops and now today not only is there snow on the mountains, we had snow falling on us! Granted, we are in the mountains and we should expect it but it still is unwelcome.
Our first stop today was to see the hoodoos near our campground. These hoodoos are not as impressive as the hoodoos we saw in Drumheller; these ones are well worn. When we returned to our campsite to pack up we received a call from Gabby that Colin was able to arrange a couple passes for us to the Sulphur Mountain gondola ride in Banff. So of course we couldn’t pass this up. We had a gondola cabin to ourselves and it took 8 minutes to climb 698m to an elevation of 2281m. The scenic views were amazing. We could see snow approaching from kilometers away and were soon snowed upon
In the parking lot we spoke to a bus driver from Brewster Tours. He became quite excited when we told him we owned the motorhome parked near his bus. He and his wife are in the market for a motorhome so we gave him a tour and ended up spending half an hour talking about our new lifestyle. They snowbird six months every year and he is trying to convince his wife to become full timers like us.
Then away we went to Lake Louise. Well, Lake Louise wasn’t any warmer. We only stayed long enough to take a couple photos. The mountains were shrouded in clouds and snow squalls but the lake was wide open. We have been here a couple times before but this is the first time that the lake wasn’t frozen.
Next, it was on to BC. We drove through several snow squalls and along roads that reminded us of travelling through New Zealand: lots of 'twisty bits’. The scenery is breathtaking through the National Parks and the highways are twinned making them easy to navigate. But most disappointing is that the National Park roadways have animal fencing along both sides of the road so we didn’t see any animals unlike years ago when they would be alongside and on the roads. I know this protects animals and people but that was one of the attractions that we miss. Also, because of the fencing there wasn’t anywhere roadside where we could stop and dip our toes in the glacier fed rivers.
Provinces driven in: Alberta, British Columbia
Driven today: 300 km
Driven to date: 6960 km