With a free Parks Canada pass in hand, Hubby and I enthusiastically visited several national parks while on our recent Alberta road trip. Last week, I shared stories and photos from Mount Revelstoke, Yoho and Banff National Parks, ending with lovely Lake Louise. (Check them out here)
From Lake Louise, we took the Bow Valley Parkway to Banff, hoping to increase our chances of wildlife sightings. Unfortunately, we didn’t see a single critter.
Mount Rundle and Sulphur Mountain, Vermilion Lakes Wetlands, Banff National Park
Cascades of Time Garden, Banff, AB
Banff Springs Hotel
Imagine having these beauties in your backyard.
Following our oldest son’s suggestion, we stopped at Bow Falls while in Banff. Such a pretty river setting.
We drove the Tunnel Mountain loop, taking a short detour to view the Bow Valley Hoodoos.
Hoodoos with Mount Rundle and Bow Valley in the background.
Taking in the view from farther down the trail.
Bow Valley with Banff Springs Hotel way off in the distance.
A zoomed-in peek of Banff Springs Hotel.
Three Sisters Mountains, Canmore, AB
In Calgary, our daughter-in-law fed us an incredible Thanksgiving feast, and we watched our grandsons’ hockey practices.
Roxy came to the rink, too.
Our eldest grandson showed me his new skateboard skills.
That’s our youngest grandson under the hoodie.
On our way home, I saw a grizzly bear in the distance, sitting on train tracks near Banff. Disappointingly, we had few wildlife sightings the entire trip. Besides the bear, I had a brief glimpse of a chipmunk on Mount Revelstoke, a squirrel in Lake Louise (are those even considered wildlife?), several jack rabbits (not really wildlife, either) and a coyote in Calgary. At least the incredible scenery didn’t disappoint.
We never leave Roxy alone in the car, so a downside of traveling with her is having to eat takeout. While Hubby got us some food in Golden, I prepared Roxy’s lunch on the car console. When I turned back around, this massive raven was staring at me through the windshield.
It immediately began ‘talking’, asking to share Roxy’s meal, or perhaps wanting Roxy for its meal.
This persistent bird was considerably larger than my wee dog, and I was relieved to have the windshield between us. It hung around until Hubby arrived to shoo it off.
Traffic quickly backed up during the hour and half delay for road construction east of Glacier National Park.
Wish I’d spent the entire time snoozing the way Roxy did.
Long traffic lines on the other side, too.
Lots of lovely fall colours and fresh snow on the mountains in Rogers Pass.
When Roxy woke up, she had to pee. Bad.
We stopped at Three Valley Gap, west of Revelstoke, as suggested by my older brother. Roxy was relieved to relieve herself.
We’re truly blessed to live in such a naturally beautiful part of the world, and I hope you enjoyed this small taste of it.