Beautiful Banff National Park
Trip Start Apr 17, 2011
23Trip End Jul 20, 2011
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The drive to Banff took us through Calgary where we sere slowed down by roadworks (in these northern regions they only have a short window of warm weather to repair all the damage that happens to the roads during the harsh winters). We had a semi-trailer traveling near us with spikes on it's front wheels - we never figured out what that was about????
Banff is a real resort/tourist town with lots of gift shops and activities. But it is also expensive - so we booked to stay there one night and had another night in Canmore which is just outside the eastern entrance of Banff National Park. We have pretty well kept to our itinerary and had a little spare time, so decided that this would be a good place to have a rest day. The weather was still not real great - and in fact, it rained most of our day in the town of Banff. We did, however, make the mandatory visit to the Fairmont Banff Inn which is so well known. We'd been encouraged to stay there, but I think we enjoyed our accommodation at the much smaller "Banff Inn" at a quarter of the cost!
We got a very good "walk in " deal at the Canmore Mountain Inn and enjoyed the mountain views (with a little bit of evening sunshine) from their beautiful lounge area
This is a quote from the front page: "June and July are traditionally mating months for the grizzly and black bears in the Rocky Mountains. Visitors may encounter frisky bears along roadsides and trails. Give them a wide berth - they have other things on their minds and may not be aware of your approach. Male bears can be very protective of potential mates and can display aggressive behaviour, especially toward other male bears. DON'T get in their way!"
We took the scenic (but more narrow and wind-y) road to Lake Louise. Unfortunately we didn't see hoards of wildlife, but did see some more elk. Lake Louise was beautiful - even if we didn't see it in the sunshine! We wandered around the Fairmont Lake Louise Lodge a little then moved on to another lake nearby which I had seen pictures of. Moraine Lake is about a 1/2 hour drive from Lake Louise and as you get close to it you see a range of mountains. As it turns out there are 10 peaks above Moraine Lake. When we got there we weren't disappointed - it really is a magnificent scene.
We needed to keep moving so we began the next leg of our trip heading West. We weren't sure how far we would go, but in the end we stopped at a mountain resort area called Revelstoke. Max will talk about our stay there in the next entry.