The Lakes and Banff

Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
Trip End Aug 18, 2010

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The upside to being at this National Park (other than we were right beside the bin and shower unit and backing on to the railway) was that this park was nearer to the two lakes we wanted to see the next morning – Moraine and Louise. And what a beautiful treat we were in for. There are mountain lakes and there are mountain lakes – these two are hard to beat. The morning was for Moraine - one of the views captured on the old Canadian $20 bill, and the afternoon for Louise, named after Queen Victoria's youngest daughter. As you walk up to the lake your breath as the saying goes is literally taken away. A shining, clear, greeny blue lake with mountains cascading behind is then given a further backdrop of a huge glacier which makes the whole spectacle a rather surreal experience akin to a scene out of an Indiana Jones movie. So we took this all in on a hike around the lake where there were guides warning trekkers to go in groups of no less than 4 on the longer treks as Grizzly bears had been seen in the morning. We weren’t that brave so we returned back to the famous hotel at the foot of the lake for a few non well-earned drinks!

We bought some souvenirs at Lake Moraine to remind us of these amazing freaks of nature and I was determined to find a souvenir of Lake Louise for my sister of the same name but alas we found nothing appropriate to send her – sorry Lou.

The following day was a lazy day spent walking around Banff shopping and onto the Bow Falls at one end of the town and on up to another amazing hotel called the Fairmount for afternoon tea. The shopping was interrupted by a visit to a photographer’s shop which caught our eye – the whole family were invited to dress up as old time cowboys and girls and to be photographed in a variety of poses in a western saloon style set all captured on sepia film to produce a realistic Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid style scene – yeehahhh!

The evening was finished off treating ourselves to a good old western style steak 'n ribs meal in a local restaurant .We went to a similar style restaurant in Jasper called Earl’s which this latter one was not a patch on but the disappointment of the food itself was made up for by meeting a lovely old man from Nova Scotia called Charlie who was sitting on his own next to us. He told us about how he was just finishing a week’s trip riding out in the wilderness to celebrate his 80th birthday! I hope I’m that daring when I’m his age. What a man – he came and joined our table and the waitresses overheard our conversation and presented him with a birthday cake to celebrate. He told us that he was one of 13 children brought up in Nova Scotia and that all of his surviving siblings bar one lived there still so Fynn asked him if we could go and visit them and maybe play some games – the fact that they were all grandparents went over Fynn’s little head!!
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