While in Banff, we saw Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, and checked out the Lake Louise ski area. We did a bit of biking around town, including a small portion of the Spray River Trail which is the start of the Tour Divide mtb race. We also hiked the Johnston Canyon gorge and rode the tram to the top of Sulphur Mtn. Everywhere we went there was evidence of the major flooding that the area was subjected to just one week prior to our visit. In fact, we planned to stay in Canmore for 4 nights but the as of the time we left for our trip, the town of Canmore was completely inaccessible and under drinking water restrictions. We found alternate lodging right in Banff for "reasonable" rates because everyone was cancelling their vacations to the area.
Lastly, before making the long drive home, we had one more stop to make. Kerry and I have always talked about going to see a rodeo. Up to this point we've seemed to somehow miss going to all of the big ones that come to the twin cities area. This time we would not miss out and the timing was right for hitting one of the grandest rodeos in North America the Calgary Stampede.
|We're not, but we'll drink your beer and party with you anyway.|
|Banff Springs resort overlooking the Bow River|
|Spray River trail. The Tour Divide start. 2 miles down 2743 to go! ;-)|
|Major washout on the trail|
|Fantastic catwalkt to Johnston Falls|
|Looking down on Banff from Sulphur Mtn|
|Spotted one of the locals on an early morn bike ride|
|A smooth section on the Upper Stony Squaw climb|
|Enjoying an afternoon snack with some nice scenery|
|Stampede grounds Downtown Calgary|
|These guys were amazing|