Canmore and Stanley Glacier
Trip Start Feb 16, 2011
113Trip End Jun 11, 2012
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On Monday I went to the Banff Recreation Centre for an information day which had a number of stalls advertising services and activities in the town and area. I managed to pick up some info on a cheap shuttle service that goes between Banff and Canmore as well as a few of the hiking trailheads in the Bow Valley which just started up. As a promo, they were letting people ride the shuttle for free the next day. I thought great - I was planning on going to Canmore anyway! I spent the rest of the evening watch Vancouver lose Game 6 to Boston in the NHL Finals.
I woke up late on Tuesday and caught the 12:30pm shuttle over which took under 30 minutes. I was the only one on the bus so I had a bit of a chat with the driver who was actually a Banff local - a rareity
I caught the bus back and went up to the Banff Centre for a free lecture by Michael Taussig who is an anthropologist. It was about his travels to Columbia and the craze of plastic surgery which is permeating through the narco-culture into the general populace in relation to the body and identity. As with many of these socio-philosophical discussions, unless you have read a lot of the background material it is easy to get lost in the references and jargon. I did have a nice dinner at Melissa's Restaurant. I haven't had steak in a while and it was great.
I had an early night as I got up early today to do the hike up to Stanley Glacier in Kootenay NP just across the border marking the continental divide into British Columbia
The trail took just over two hours to climb and by the time we had rested and returned to the cars it was four hours exactly. I went home for a nap and then watched Boston beat Vancouver in Game 7 to win the Stanley Cup! Oh well there is always next year...