Trip Start Aug 26, 2010
87Trip End Dec 10, 2010
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Chateau Lake Louise
We were up early the next morning to board the coach out to our final stop at Lake Louise in the Rockies. On the way we took a brief helicopter trip over the outer Rockies on a lovely clear day with great views, then headed into Banff for lunch and a trip up the Banff gondola, again great views with clear skies and impressive vistas of the surrounding mountains. Our day ended at the Chateau Lake Louise, an impressive and huge hotel on the edge of the glacier fed lake. We have a room with a view out over the lake, with mountains surrounding every side, makes for a great view first thing.
Today we toured into the Rockies and into Banff national park. Our first stop of the day was at the columbia ice field, where we got to walk on the glacier after a trip out in 6 wheel drive vehicles on the ice road. The glacier, although now about 2/3 the size it was 100 years ago, was still impressive, with a fresh covering of snow yesterday and today. The glacier is one of the visible 'fingers' off from the ice field. We were then treated to BBQ lunch at McKenzie ranch -a typical Alberta cowboy ranch, then a helicopter flight over the glacier fed lakes and valleys. Unfortunately due to low cloud cover we couldn't fly over the ice field but still good none-the-less.
I cant yet upload photos here as I've not yet found the adapter for my iPad that will let me, but as soon as I do I will. The lakes here are mostly glacier fed, which gives them a green/turquoise colour. This is from rock flour - made from the glacial ice grinding away at the rock and earth below to form almost a silt which is then washed down and suspended in the lakes, absorbing all colours except green/blue, hence giving the lakes their colour. Makes for stunning scenery.
The drive back out the park to our hotel led to our first bear sighting - a black bear sat at the side of the road munching on some berries. A pretty good end to a good day!