The first stop we made was at Johnston Canyon,
A beautiful job of construction, the Canadians have hung a walkway the entire way UP the canyon by sticking rails out of the rocks and laying boards on them - really very smooth - some very good views down into the canyon, which is a raging river.
The trail accesses the lower and upper falls.
When you get to the Lower Falls, there is a bridge to cross and then there is a tunnel,
how cool is that! I wish I could get a download of my video, so far no luck, Allison did a great dance when we got through the tunnel and stood close enough that we were getting wet.
Needless to say, going down is a lot faster than going up, and when we got down Ken found the beer house.
Allison had ice cream,.
We then headed north on the Bow Parkway and went to Lake Louise. I have never seen that color blue. It has to do with the glacier melt into the water. The water is just as blue standing next to it as it is standing over it. We took quite a little uphill hike around the lake, and I took a nice picture and my glut muscles are probably better for it.
After our hike we headed to the Chateau for a cocktail. NICE - this place is huge - Kenb went to the desk and asked - $450 for garden view and $550 for lake view, per night. I had a Ceasar - a drink that originated in the Banff area - really good bloody mary really - except they rim it in celery salt and use clamato juice, a little spicer. I hate bloody mary's but I really liked this.
Besides the scenery being absolutly fabulous on the drive, I did learn that during WWI people in Canada of Ukaranian heritage (and Poles, Germans, etc.) were housed in the Banff area and put to the grueling task of building the first modern roads. It stated that most of these people were out of work anyway and the government thought it safer to "employee" them. We came across a memorial on the roadway, just thought it was interesting.
After our scenic drive we headed south down the highway in the hopes of a fast return to the Banff area. But Canada, just like in the States, loves really long road construction projects, and we sat on the highway for a while - it was nice to see them building both over and underpasses made for the animals to use.
When we got to Banff we headed right to the hot springs.
I had never been in hot springs before, about 102 degrees, AND NO CHLORINE!!!! I was able to hand out in the water and not itch afterward. We also got to take our first showers for a few days, as our campground does not have facilities. We had a really full day, it's nice that it is staying light for so long, had dinner back at camp at about 10 pm and immediately went to sleep.
So we could explore we took the Bow Parkway, which is a nice side road that runs through Banff National Park, instead of the main highway. You can tell you are in the middle of nowhere because they have a lot of signs about animals crossing road, and we did find a couple conveniently waiting for us to take their picture,