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At Banff

Snowcapped Rockies in Banff National Park

Few places in North America are as drop-dead stunning as Banff National Park in Alberta. In September 2010 Martine and I rented a car in Spokane, WA and took a grand loop that encompassed Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks in Alberta and Glacier, Yellowstone, and Teton National Parks in the U.S.before returning to Spokane.

There was a period around then that Martine just couldn’t get enough of Canada. We had already visited Victoria and Vancouver and were to go twice to Eastern Canada, including Montreal, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. She developed a taste for lobster rolls that she can’t satisfy in Southern California because of the substandard quality of the shellfish here.

Canoe on Lake Louise

Perhaps the best hike we took was the trail that went around the northern bank of Lake Louise, where we saw the canoe in the above photo. The emerald shade of the water comes from glacial melt and the silt called “rock flour” that is constantly being deposited in the lake below. We saw this same phenomenon several other times that trip, at Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park, as well as Peyto and Maligne Lakes in Jasper National Park.


2 thoughts on “At Banff

  1. Many years ago, I went on a similar driving trip. I visited the Rocky Mountain State Park and Glacier, along with other sites.. I thought those would be the highlights of the trip. Then I went up to Banff, and found that I now had three highlights.

    Spectacular views, all of them, even those that weren’t “highlights.”.

  2. Mrs. M and i walked that trail also; we went up to that chalet cum restaurant sort of place and had lunch; as i remember it’s up the hill from the end of the lake and had a fantastic view… we saw a grizzly too; very memorable trip…

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