Rocking in the Rockies

Trip Start Mar 01, 2007
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Trip End Feb 29, 2008


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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Saturday, September 8, 2007

Now everything in the NP from Jasper to Banff is really expensive, whether you want a cup of coffee, an excursion or accommodation, so needless to say we had to be careful where we decided to stay....this meant that KOA campsites & hostels were the order of the day.....not a bad thing, you start to view quality from a  different perspective eg., basic hostel vs deluxe !! now anyone who has stayed at a hostel will know that it is hard to describe any of them as deluxe....but after a few places you start to look at having a sink in the room as special  !!

The journey from Jasper to Banff must be one of the great drives in North America....so much to see & do.

Now this is the busiest part of our trip with lots of tourists to compete with.....but we are hardened, seasoned travellers so we were confident !!
We started off with a walk up through the snow forest to view Lake Peyto, never seen anything like it before with the lake water an amzing colour.
Then on to the Columbia ice fields, always worth seeing & surprising how cold it gets on the ice when it is warm down in the valley....crevices of bright blue.....can you believe a tourist hiked up in t-shirt, shorts and flip flaps.
Stopped off at Johnston canyon, a great walk on a boardwalk fixed into the canyon....it is like walking on air..... up to various falls over a few klms.

When we arrived at Lake Louise, we decided to go to the hostel  and go to the lake the next day. When we got to the hostel, they didn't have our reservation and had just the one room left....they blamed the hostelbookers who blamed the hostel, and we paid more but at least we got a room, even if we had to climb up a ladder to get in bed and the light switch was down stairs!! (We complained the next day on email, it turns out the hostelbookers had input the date incorrectly and we were charged $109 on our cc as a "no show" but they refunded now......good job Colin is a tenacious)The hostel did have great Happy Hours and food refills on the special....great for the budget. Lake Louise is breathtaking as we sat & drank our morning coffee which cost a fortune (Colin walked out without paying as he was too busy chatting to some Aussie tourists & no one stopped him.....but I sent him back). 

Banff is our most favourite part of the NP....with a lot to do, and as the bank holiday weekend was over, the place emptied which made the 5 days there very enjoyable....arrived at the hostel to lots of building work but room prices were 50% of normal prices, and great location next to the river, 2 mins into town & a short walk along the river to the Banff hotel, falls and orignal hot springs.

We decided to go to the pics one night as it was raining....and we fancied the film being shown, however, when we arrived they said "it's not on" and the lady had to tell everyone in the line individually what was on !! tickets were written on a peice of paper....and the film was rubbish....but it was raining. As we came out the mountains were covered in snow & bitterly cold.

The trip up sulphur mountain on the goldola gives fantastic views....no apology about all the pics being awesome views with ugly mugs in front of them.....the wild life hardly justifies the term, as a chipmunk ran all over a woman to try to grab her chocolates, he approached Colin who pushed him away (gently, or so he says) with his hat as no one gets thier hands on his chocolates !!
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