Today is Canada Day and lots of events and parades throughout Canada. We decided since it was such a beautiful day to drive the 14 miles to Banff, one of our favorite areas in the Canadian Rockies. Banff is the highest town in Canada with elevation of 4500 ft.There are wonderful hiking and biking trails and in winter a very popular ski area.
|Town and Trails Map|
|Canada Day Art Fair|
|Ride Through Banff|
|Bridge Over Bow River|
Our first stop was the famous Banff Springs Hotel for photos. If you take Buffalo Drive from Banff Avenue in town and drive up to the view point, you can get a great picture of the hotel. Also do the drive over the bridge on Banff Avenue to the hotel.
|Banff Springs Hotel|
|View From Buffalo Drive|
Heading toward the hotel golf course, stop at Bow Falls and River for some awesome pictures. When we were here in September of 1998, the golf course was teeming with elk. Not today..guess the duffers chased them away. Also, at that time in town, the elk had the right of way. Maybe there are too many tourists or maybe the wrong time of day. Bow River flows through Banff and continues as far as Hudson's Bay
|At Bow Falls|
|Canoes on the River|
After lunch, we drove Buffalo to Tunnel Mountain Drive and over to Minnewanka and Two Jack Lakes. Saw some mountain goats, or at least thought so. Lake Minnewanka is the largest man made lake in Banff National Park. The lake once was a summer resort village established in 1888. In 1941 it was completely flooded by the Calgary Power Co under the War Measures Act. It is now a high altitude dive site.
|Two Jack Lake|
While in Banff, we drove to the Gondola, but traffic and parking gave cause for a return. We did this in 1998 and strongly recommend for awesome views from the top. Also nearby are the Banff Hot Springs.
|View From Gondola Parking Lot|
Banff offers shopping, artisan studios, hotels, lodges, restaurants and museums. Would suggest spending at least a week here.It is also very popular in winter. Can just imagine the beauty of the mountains in winter.
|Mount Rundel ?|
|Castle Mountain ?|
On the way we renewed our Discovery Pass for both of us only $118 for seniors. This is a great deal if spending time in Canada at the historic and national attractions. Since we renewed on the 1st, we now have until the end of July 2015.
Tomorrow we are going to drive into Calgary for the day.
From the Campground, had good view of fireworks display in honor of Canada Day.