Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Canadian Rockies

The Canadian Rockies are Canada's best kept secret!  They are AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL and why doesn't everyone go there??

Calgary

This year is the 150th anniversary of Canada and in celebration they have made all their national parks free: brilliant!

Top of Athabasca Glacier

We arrived on a Sunday to Calgary and made it Canmore, just south of Banff and the official entry into the Park, late that night.  Funny thing about this far north?  It's daylight out until 10:30 at night and then light again by 5am.

Lake Louise

And then we hiked.  And hiked. And hiked some more.  We went up to the Agnes Tea House above Lake Louise, followed the ten peaks after passing Lake Moraine (in the rain), wound our way up Paget's Peak and around Emerald Lake.  Then took some time to drive up to Jasper, stop on the Athabascar Glacier and then hike the Valley of the 5 Lakes.  In between we managed to stop at a million waterfalls including a nice little hike through Johnston Canyon.




Bird at Lake Louise

Fields of Alberta

Avalanche on Eifel Trail

Ten Peaks

Lake Moraine

Emerald Lake

Bow River

Back of the Fairmont

Glacier Climber

Columbia Icefield

Skywalk

Mama and baby bears

Athabasca Falls

Peyto Lake

Mountain Flowers from Valley of the Five Lakes

Big horn sheep

Johnston Canyon

Now I want to know what other parks I can get to before the end of the year!  What else is Canada hiding?  :o)

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