As said in the previous post we arrived in Banff, Canada after the travel day from hell. We left Niagara by bus for the 2 (it turned into 3 due to traffic) hour trip to Toronto. Then another bus to the airport. Then a 4 hour plane ride to Calgary, another bus transfer to the bus terminal and finally a bus to Banff arriving at 1am (3am in Niagara time). Then a stumbling walk around in freezing temps to find our hotel. To say we were tired was an understatement. We allowed 4 nights here but then added one when we saw how beautiful it was.
One of the reasons we chose this place was not fulfilled, but mainly due to unlucky timing. I was hoping to see the aurora borealis (northern lights) and we thought this was north enough (but not too north for comfort) to see them. Well it turned out that the best time while we were here to see them was the night after we arrived. The aurora page said it should be possible to see them from as far as Vancouver that night. But you generally need to get out of town and away from lights and we could not hire a car until the third day. We could have gone out at midnight and walked in the dark as far away from civilisation as possible, but strange town coupled with extreme exhaustion defeated us. Even though we went looking later in the week the strength of the aurora did not return and we could not find it.
|It feels like Christmas!|
|Cool car in more ways than one.|
|Lake Louise Lookout|
Photos of Moraine Lake
|Near Athabasca Waterfall|
|The glacier from the other|
side of the road
The cold walk to the Lake Louise Lookout
Travelling on the Brewster Ice Explorer