Columbia Icefields – Waterfowl Lake Campg

Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
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Trip End Sep 06, 2010


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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Our site was very nice with the tent to one side, an eating area toward the Ice fields and room for the van. I mention the van because originally Janice was NOT going to come because she was going to do a triathlon but forgot to train AND she was afraid to sleep outside in a tent for fear of bears.  All of us were happy Janice/mom chose to come to be our support vehicle even though she refused to sleep in our tent with us she was happy to sleep in the van on a seat along with our new dog Zoe.

Now I mention Zoe because the day we left Zoe was not feeling well and threw up in the house and was very lethargic on our entire trip.  Things progressively got worse to the point Zoe could not even move.  This was a very long and complicated dilemma to be in so far from anything.  After keeping Janice waking and falling back to sleep in the van Zoe by morning Zoe was so ill we knew it was time to say good-bye.  I took Zoe to the best place for her so that she would not suffer any more.  We were all very upset as we had waited years to get a dog and this unfortunately did not work out.  Monique was heartbroken as she loves animals so much.

Today we cycled just over 2 hours at an average speed of 22.3km/h ( max 59 km/h) over  45.22 km/h.  We cycled approximately 10km to the top before coasting downhill amidst a storm that was so windy and cold it became dangerous to continue.  Like her father, Sabrina refused to quit and continued on (as did I).  We got to the bottom and all jumped into the van and headed for tonight's camp at Waterfowl Lake Campground.

The rain had kept up and by the looks of the firewood (more like water logged) it had been very wet for some time.  By the time we got to camp and began to set up we realized that we would need head and lighting a fire with we would was not an easy feat.

To our rescue came 3 others that were freezing and hungry but more qualified to get a fire going.  These guys were Israeli paratroopers who had many special skills to get our open air kitchen roaring hot with fire and entertain James with a Russian card came called "bullshit".   We also shared the cookhouse with  2 Brothers from Jasper cycling to Las Vegas.



Waterfowl Lakes Campground Banff National Park.

The Waterfowl Lakes Campground is located in the Rocky Mountains on the Icefields Parkway 57km North of Lake Louise .There are 116 unserviced sites with picnic tables and fire pits, fire wood is available when purchasing a fire permit. The campground is split in three sections, one for RV's, Tents near the lower lake and walk in Tent sites on the South side. The campground also has several piped water stations, flush toilets, sheltered camp kitchens with wood burning cook stoves,  recycling bins, amphitheatre, sani dump and food storage. This is Bear country, food and food related items must be stored properly. There are two lakes, upper Waterfowl and lower Waterfowl, both fed by the Mistaya River. The lower lake runs along the highway, the upper lake is the prettier of the two and is a short walk from the South end of the campground. The lakes are colored from Glacial silt coming from Peyto Lake and the Peyto Glacier. I did see small fish jumping in the upper lake, a National Park fishing license is required if you want to try your luck. This campground is centrally located in the best of what Banff National Park has to offer. Peyto Lake and Bow Lake are located nearby to the South and Saskatchewan Crossing to the North. There are plenty of beautiful hikes in this area. The trail head to Cirque Lake and Chephren Lake is located right at the South West end of the Campground. Both are easy hikes and worth the effort. Cirque Lake is higher in elevation but more rewarding. The trail to Chephren Lake offers outstanding views of Howes Peak and Mount Chephren but the trail winds through a lot of muddy, boggy areas, you'll appreciate how good hiking boots keep your feet dry here.
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