The Hendersons 2015 PNW & Canada - Banff and Lake Louise
2015 Pacific Northwest and Canada
Even poking along we got to Banff too early to check in, so we drove up to Lake Louise and looked around and had a cuppa. The Fairmount Hotel looked quite grand, but for something like $500 a night it should. The lake was lovely but the village was way too small to offer much choice in restaurants.
We got checked in and had a
second floor room with a balcony big enough that we could sit there after dinner
and sip a bottle of wine and watch the world go by. To get to tourist
information or lunch or dinner we had to go past a large hotel nearby and it
seem that every time we went past it there was another bus-load of totally
unconscious tourists milling about on the sidewalk and making passing them
The next day we took the gondola to the top of the nearby mountain, had lunch and looked around. Quite a sight from up here. We could see the hotel where we were staying and our balcony, the nearby mountains and much of Banff.
There is a cosmic ray monitoring station (I believe that is what it was called but I have no idea what it does) up from the visitor's center. We hiked up there and saw an interesting layered rock formation and a cute chipmunk on a rock with lots of lichen.
We drove north the following day past Lake Louise and up to Jasper. Signs told us to watch for wild life but we had already seen our token chipmunk. It was another short drive just poking along. We took a look at Jasper but then drove on to Vailmount, BC. This is not much more than a wide spot in the road with a surprising number of hotels. Apparently lots of people choose to stay her to see Jasper because it is much less expensive. We stayed in a B&B outside of 'town' and it was very quiet and comfortable.