Wonderful Johnson Canyon, and a Wild Goose Chase

Trip Start May 10, 2011
Trip End Jul 04, 2011

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Friday, May 20, 2011

Rain and cloud to the East indicated West to be the direction to take so it was off to Bow Valley Parkway and Johnson Canyon.

Named after a gold prospector from way back in Canada's recent past, Johnson Canyon provides for a round trip walk of some 8 Km through a beautiful gorge to see a series of waterfalls, each different and fascinating.

In the afternoon the weather in the East looked more promising so it seemed a good idea to attempt the Canmore wildlife trail, a route recommended by the Canmore Visitor Centre for good chances to see wildlife. The route comprised a gravel road that climbed up steeply to some spectacular lakes, reservoirs, canals, then becoming rather more muddy and passing through endless forest.  The total length of the unmade road was 80 Km: the only wildlife to show itself was some ground squirrels.  The return trip along the metalled Route 40 provided sightings of some deer and sheep.

Canmore did not seem to offer much in the way of dinner, so a return to Banff allowed dinner at a Mexican restaurant, and it was rather good.

Distance driven today: 296 Km.

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