9 July 2007

Canada Diary Episode 3 - Lake Louise

July 4th Up at 6am to watch the British Grand Prix live with Ed - same commentary as ITV so it felt like home. By 8.30am on the road to Banff National Park with a Starbucks and McBreakfast to keep us going! Leaving Calgary, the scenery is mainly grassy plains and distant foothills of the Rockies. On the TransCanadian Highway 1 we soon arrived some 130 km later at the entrance to Banff Park. With many photo stops along the way, our first real stop was at Moraine Lake - a gorgeous turquoise lake with snow capped mountains. We climbed the short but steep rocky mound at one end of the lake to take in the views. Then back in the car to get to Lake Louise. This popular resort in winter is dominated by the ski village - the slopes visible on the mountain. At this time of year it is cyclists, walkers and tourists. At the Lake the stunning Chateau Lake Louise hotel forms a backdrop at one end of the green lake with the majestic Mount Victoria at the other end, surrounded by other peaks all sporting glaciers. We donned out hiking gear to set off on a 10k round trip to a tea house and back along the Plain of the 6 Glaciers trail. Plenty of views and vistas, snow caps, amazing geological features from the glacial activity here make this trail interesting added to that the flora along the way - alpine plants and spring flowers. Some 5 hours later we were back at the car and on our way back into th city. A great day which has whetted my appetite for the Canadian Rockies Tour which I join from Seattle on Wednesday. I have one more day in Calgary then fly on Tuesday back to Seattle.