Banff – Bow Falls

Banff, Bow Falls

Banff, Bow Falls

Continuing our western Canada road trip, we spent one night in Banff, Alberta – the developed service centre for Banff National Park –  before continuing our westward journey to British Columbia and the Pacific coast.

The Bow River tumbles over a falls within the town, and so, since we saw the river’s origin below Bow Glacier, it seemed apt to check out how big the flow had grown. You can walk up a path – which you can just see on the left of the first photo – and some steep stairs to look over the falls.

I'm forever chasing rainbows....

I’m forever chasing rainbows….

Turning and looking it the other direction gives you an idea of the town’s beautiful setting.

Banff, Bow Falls

I didn’t take any pictures in Banff that evening. The following morning we had breakfast in the the Juniper (Hotel and) Bistro with its beautiful view of the Vermillion Lakes. It was too cold outside to eat, but not too cold to grab a shot from the patio.

Vermillion Lake from the patio of the Juniper Hotel and Bistro.

Vermillion Lake from the patio of the Juniper Hotel and Bistro.

Since we had not booked ahead I was pleased to get a room at the price we did.  Someone had recommended this hotel, which is just off the Trans Canada Highway and north of the town.

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Bridal Veil Falls – Banff National Park

Bridal Veil Falls, Banff National Park.

Bridal Veil Falls, Banff National Park.

On our first day trip away from Aurum Lodge we headed to the Icefields Parkway and then north to see Jasper National Park.  Jasper, in Alberta, is the more northern of the two parks accessed by and joined by the Icefields Parkway. The southern park is Banff National Park and the border between them isn’t obvious.  So it turned out that the first waterfall we stopped at, the Bridal Veil Falls, was actually in Banff National Park.

You can only see the bottom half of the falls from the viewpoint. The falls drain into the North Saskatchewan River, shown flowing south below. This photo was also taken from the lookout, looking south fairly early in the morning. Hence the lens flare to the east.

The Icefields Parkway near Bridal Veil Falls, Banff National Park.

The Icefields Parkway near Bridal Veil Falls, Banff National Park.

This is the canyon cut by the water flow from the falls as it joins the North Saskatchewan. I believe this is Rampart Creek but Google Maps don’t always include the names of watercourses (grrrrr.)

The Icefields Parkway near Bridal Veil Falls, Banff National Park.

The Icefields Parkway near Bridal Veil Falls, Banff National Park.

 

This seems to be a good site for figuring out the best places to photograph in the parks.