Banff Day, September 23, 2020

Been looking forward to this excursion! Such beautiful country.  Remember! do not feed the wildlife.

Have to be more on the ball, almost missed the entire sign.

Even though the weather isn’t too favourable we are having a blast.  We drive through Banff on the way to the Banff Upper Hot Springs

We know the Springs are closed but thought we’d get a peek.  No such luck!

Head back to Banff,      and a yummy breakfast at The Maple Leaf             

We asked our waitress, (who is originally from Orillia, ON) what are must sees, off the beaten track, as we didn’t want to spend time in the cute boutiques and stores even though most were wearing masks. 

She suggested the Farmers Market and then a walk to a waterfall.  We pass a bridge keep heading to the falls

Best to use caution!

Drop off is worse than it looks!  If you make it through that section you get to walk at the side of the highway 

All worthwhile when you get to the falls! 

Fairmont     

Head back.  Good bye Banff   

Off to Lake Louise …

We drive through several of these tunnels, they have fences on both sides.                        What are they??          Bear crossings of course!

Oh those clouds!!

No shortage of vehicles at Lake Louise   

Magnificent Lake Louise!

Go for a hike time.  We decide on the Fairview Lookout

Description which we didn’t read until we returned. Lesson learned! “leaving from the boathouse on Lake Louise, this short, uphill hike offers you a unique look at both the lake and the historic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.”  Oh my goodness, it just about killed me!  I had to stop several  times.  Allan resting with me             

Was it crazy uphill or should I just pack it in???  It was crazy!I wish my photos would better depict elevation!

At least we unknowingly made the right decision on how to return!    Steep descent, sturdy shoes or hiking boots.

Heading back

Back in Canmore. We predict the next time we are in the area, this camp ground, within walking distance of downtown, will be condos.  Much construction in progress.

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