S: R o c k i e s 2008
BC: Travel diary on http://www.wobben.org/rockies-2008 All pics by Nico & Marlies Wobben (except wood texture background)
FC: Rockies 2008
1: September 12 In February 2008 we moved to Canada and in September we drove about 900 km west, to the Rocky Mountains, for a vacation. After a day's drive over the Saskatchewan and Alberta prairies, we arrived in Calgary. We had a bite at a strip mall on the west end (and found a Saskatchewan pub there!) and arrived at the B&B just outside of Calgary in the rain (so there was no view on the mountains). | pronghorn antelopes | Medicine Hat | Calgary
2: September 13 But the view is back the next morning! The view from Anew Horizon B&B in the foothills just west of Calgary is gorgeous. Esp. with the sunrise on the Rockies! The B&B itself is also very beautiful and Richard and Debby took good care of us. One of our favourite accommodations!
4: After breakfast we continued our trip to Banff through the foothills. Before going into town, we first went to Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. | Lake Minnewanka | Two Jack Lake
5: Lake Minnewanka | bighorn sheep
6: Banff | In Banff we checked in at the At Wit's End B&B, across the river. Vic and Barbara were great hosts!
7: September 14 Roundtrip through Yoho National Park, Golden, Columbia Valley, Radium, Kootenay National Park and back to Banff. As this is our 3rd trip to the Rockies, we skipped some stops we had been to before. | chipmunk | NW of Banff near Lake Louise
8: Takakkaw Falls (Yoho NP) and area
9: Yoho National Park | bighorn sheep | Columbia Valley (from Golden to Radium)
10: Kootenay National Park | Radium | Mt. Rundle / Vermillion Lakes near Banff
11: M | Morant's Curve, Bow Valley Parkway | Bow Valley Parkway | September 15 - On this day we took the Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise for some hiking.
12: Nico hiked the popular but pretty heavy 3.4 km trail up the mountain to Lake Agnes and its teahouse. | Lake Agnes | Mirror Lake (close to Lake Agnes)
13: Marlies preferred to hike the 2 km flat shoreline trail to the milky waters at the end of Lake Louise.
14: Lake Louise
16: view from Mt. Norquay on Banff | Bow Falls | Bow River (by the Bow Falls) | Banff Springs Hotel | Bow River (by the golf course)
17: Bow River (from Birch Ave) | September 16 We stayed in the Banff area this day: drove up Mt. Norquay, Tunnel Mt. and around town. Again, we skipped some popular spots we had done on previous trips.
18: On the road again: Moraine Lake, Icefields Parkway (partly)/Bow Lake, David Thompson Resort (Abraham Lake, east of Saskatchewan Crossing). | September 17 | Moraine Lake | Icefields Parkway
19: Bow Lake
20: Bow Lake | Icefields Parkway | David Thompson highway / Abraham Lake
21: Num-Ti-Jah Lodge | Abraham Lake
22: September 18 We stayed at the David Thompson Resort (motel room) for 2 nights. The room was clean but needed updating badly. We had hoped to be able to chill on the lake shore, but that was quite far down the mountain (and no trail that we knew of), so we went for a drive instead. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery around Abraham Lake (big lake!), went to the Bighorn Dam, followed a sign to the Crescent Falls and had lunch in Nordegg. The rest of the day we spent reading, napping and all that lazy stuff :) | David Thompson Resort motel | Abraham Lake near the Bighorn dam
23: canyon near the Crescent Falls | Crescent Falls
24: September 19 We left the David Thompson region early and had breakfast at the Saskatchewan Crossing motel. Then we continued our journey on the Icefields Parkway to Jasper, stopping at a few attractions like the Weeping Wall, the Athabasca Glacier, Sunwapta Falls, the Athabasca River viewpoint and the mighty Athabasca Falls. The air was pretty hazy from distant forest fires. | Inukshuks | David Thompson highway | Weeping Wall | Icefields Parkway
25: Athabasca Glacier | Sunwapta Falls | Athabasca River viewpoint | Icefields Parkway | Athabasca Falls
26: OK Nico, time to move, the bull is getting cranky! | elk by our cabin
27: Just north of Jasper we checked in at the Patricia Lake Bungalows. We had booked the last available cabin - it was their private log cabin and the most picturesque one of them all! The park is situated right on the shore of Patricia Lake and before we even unpacked, we had elk in our yard!!
28: September 20 Our 12th wedding anniversary! We went up on Whistlers Mt. with the Jasper Tramway and drove the beautiful Maligne Lake Road to Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake. | on the bungalow park | the dock by the park
29: views from Whistlers Mt. (the air was still hazy) | Pyramid Lake and Patricia Lake | just outside of Jasper | Patricia Lake
30: coyote on the Maligne Lake Road | pika
31: Medicine Lake drains into underground channels in the fall | Medicine Lake
32: Medicine Lake
33: Maligne Lake
34: September 21 / 22 Marlies's birthday on the 21st was a rainy day, so we spent it in the cabin and shopping/in town. The next day was better, we visited some smaller lakes in the area (Lac Beauvert, Annette Lake, Edith Lake) and at 6pm we drove to the east side of the national park and back (where we saw bighorn sheep - males with the actual big horns! - and an elk bull) and to Maligne Lake again (where we saw deer, a porcupine and yes! a moose bull!). | Pyramid Mountain | bighorn sheep | elk bull | Patricia Lake
35: Athabasca River | Maligne Lake | moose bull near Maligne Lake | Edith Lake
36: Icefields Parkway | near the Columbia Icefield | September 23 / 24 Time to go home again! We drove back to Calgary (the mountains had been dusted with some snow), where we spent the night at our friend Derek's. The next day we drove home to Regina!
37: Bow Lake | near Banff
38: Mt. Rundle, Banff
39: Mt. Rundle | the Three Sisters, Canmore | coyote | back on the prairie again!