I confess: the red canoes were my favourite photographic part of the whole trip through the Rockies. As I’ve said before, this wasn’t a trip to take pictures but rather to see the Rockies slowly, by car. If I got some photo time, that was a bonus.
As we walked around Lake Louise, there were majestic views of the surrounding mountains offset by the startling blue-green of the lake itself. Perhaps because it was a cloudy day, I was more aware of the danger and oppressiveness of the mountains. At the base of the mountain in all three of these first photos, you can see the results of a landslide, which must have created an immense wave as it fell into the lake below.
The photo below was taken when 3/4 of the way around the lake, looking up towards the snow-covered mountains and the glacier at the head of the lake.
And finally, a shot from the hotel looking towards the not-yet-open-for-the-season canoe rental and mountains enclosed in snow clouds.
More canoe shots in the next post!
Lake Louise is one of the most iconic locations within Banff National Park. At one end of the lake is the expensive Fairmount Chateau Lake Louise hotel and at the other, though high above the level of the lake, a glacier. Most photos that you will have seen are from the far end of the lake looking back towards the hotel which once had a more fairytale-Alpen facade, or from high on the mountain behind the hotel looking across the lake.
We didn’t climb the mountain, but we did walk along one side of the lake to the far shore and back. These first three photos all incorporate the hotel. Other views in subsequent posts.
At the business end of Lake Louise are a number of memorial tributes to famous and unfortunate climbers who were attracted to this area at the end of the 19th Century and in the first decades of the 20th Century.
Just a few minutes south of Mistaya Falls on the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park is Bow Lake, which is fed by Bow Glacier. Bow Glacier, like all glaciers, is receding as the world warms. On this day in May there was still ice on the lake.
A few tourist buses had pulled up and a few people were taking photos, but it was cold, and most tourists seemed to be anxious to get back on the bus!
And finally, a rarity for me, a selfie, with an entirely out-of-place baseball cap.
All photos shot with an iPhone 6 and only slightly edited in Lightroom.
Our hosts told us to visit Mistaya Canyon on our way to Banff and a hiker coming back out of the canyon as we arrived, confirmed that it was well worth the steep downhill path and the (equally steep!) trek back up.
We had also been told to visit Peyto lake, which is an amazing colour of azure, and the source of the Mistaya River. The road into Peyto Lake was not marked, so it was probably not yet open for the season.
After three days based at the fantastic Aurum Lodge near Nordegg, Alberta, we headed for Banff National Park and the continuation of our drive west. It was snowing when we got up but, hey, it’s only May, in Canada, and we’re hardy.
These photos are all from the western end of the David Thompson Highway and were taken with my iPhone through the car window while Mr. IDWE was driving.
The forest fire here had burned several years before but we were all very aware of the tremendous damage that had befallen Fort McMurray, Alberta, earlier in the month.
The snow continued until noon but the day remained gray and overcast.