So therefore, I wasn’t sure the Canadian Rocky Mountains — Banff, Jasper and the other national parks — could be as spectacular as I remembered them.
They are better.
I had a bad cold, so we spent several nights in Canmore, north of Calgary. There are beautiful views everywhere once you enter the mountains (even out motel windows), but the most spectacular areas are between Lake Louise and Jasper.
On our 1999 trip to this part of the world, we had rain, sleet, hail and snow, but as we often point out, there was one day when we had none of those and only one where we had all four. This time, except for a few clouds and a sprinkle of rain, the weather was perfect.
We were here around May 11 1999 and June 1 this year. That was a long time ago, but we were still surprised at the crowds at Lake Louise and in Banff now. I would not suggest being here in either the height of ski season (except for the skiing) or the height of the summer.
Also, 1999 saw heavy snows; the snow was close to the road (when not coming down on us) and the animals were down from the mountains.
This time we didn’t see as many animals, but we did see a variety. We saw white tail and mule deer, and lots of mountain sheep up as close as ten feet. We got a picture of a black bear and a grizzly. Another bear was very close to the road. He had a beautiful shiny brown coat, but seemed to lack the hump of a grizzly. Unfortunately, he ducked back into the woods before we got the window down and the camera out. After reviewing park literature, however, it seems he was just a young grizzly.
Rather than continue to write, I am just going to let the pictures tell the story.