Pam came to visit in October. We always try to think of something new to do when she's here. Believe it or not, Joe and I haven't been to Banff/Lake Louise for YEARS - probably over 20 years. We usually go as far as the relatives in Canmore or go zooming by on our way to the Okanagan. I'd been to a conference at Banff back in the spring and was reminded of just how lovely it is there so we decided this visit, we'd take a day and go to Banff.
Banff is the largest town in Banff National Park, in Alberta's Rockies, Canada. It is also the first incorporated municipality located within a national park in Canada. At 1,463 m (4,800 ft), it is the town with the highest elevation in Canada. It is surrounded by mountains, notably Mount Rundle, Sulphur Mountain, Mount Norquay, and Cascade Mountain; and situated above Bow Falls near the junction of the Bow and Spray Rivers. Banff is located 126 km (78 mi) west of Calgary and 58 km (36 mi) east of Lake Louise, on the Trans-Canada Highway. The Town is a member of the Calgary Regional Partnership. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banff,_Alberta
The day started out rather grey, but ended up not too bad in terms of weather, as you'll see by the pix.
First stop was at a park below the Banff Springs Hotel.
This one is Castle Mountain!
There were actually lots of people around in spite of the fact that it was between summer tourist season and winter ski season. We even ran into our friend, Margaret, at the Hotel.