Banff, Alberta, Canada 8/1/17 – 8/3/17

 

August 1-3, 2017

Banff, Alberta, Canada

 

It’s been a long time since I last blogged.  Due to the horrid Texas heat and some other life events, the hiking was basically non-existent this summer, but we ended the summer season with a bang.

Courtney and I, along with her parents, went on a 12 day venture to the Canadian Rockies and British Columbia.  This year is Canada’s 150th birthday as a nation and all of the National Parks are free.  What better time to do them all!

Canada is simply incredible and there are more photos and sights than I could ever reasonably put into blog form, so I am going to attempt to pare down the highlights and hikes into a manageable form.  I will include almost all my videos too.

The first stop on our journey was at the southern end of the Canadian Rockies in Banff.  We flew into Calgary, rented a car, and began our journey that would ultimately cover over 1,300 miles (2092 km).  I got pretty fond of the metric system and wouldn’t actually mind it if the US made the switch.  Probably not gonna happen though.

We stayed at the Fairmont Banff Springs and it was beautiful.  We rode the Banff Gondola up to the top of Sulphur Mountain for some incredible views and lunch.

Banff Springs Fairmont

Vermillion Lakes

Canada 150 sign at Sky Bistro; Mt Sulphur in background

Looking down at Banff Springs Fairmont from Mt Sulphur

Bow River Valley from Mt Sulphur

 

We also saw the Cave and Basin Park (the inspiration for Canada’s National Park system) and took a raft down the Bow River.

Hot springs

Great pose from a curious squirrel

Main Street in Banff

Rafting down Bow River

Rafting down Bow River

 

On the last morning we woke up early and hiked along the Spray River and made a loop back to the hotel, skirting the Banff Springs golf course, and then hitting the famous Bow Falls on the way back.  About 4.5 miles total.

Trail Head

Hotel view from bridge over Spray River in the morning

Bridge over Spray River

Hiking along the golf course and Spray River

Bow Falls

 

Banff was great, but probably the most crowded of any place we went.  On August 3rd, we headed up the highway to Lake Louise, just about a 45 minute drive.  Continued on next post.

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