As you can see by the dates, this blog was written in summer
I decided to add the English version in June 2012.
Remember, at the time, this was written for family and not as a blog
for all to read.
Looking back, I got to thinking that maybe some folks out there may
like to know what the "Canadian Rockies" are all about!
This is only "our trip" and I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did.
Thursday June 28, 2007
We left Cold Lake at around 2 pm. myself and Michèle are heading
towards Calgary to meet my brother Rolland and his wife Suzie.
They are traveling from Montréal, Québec. The roads are very
nice in Alberta. We did good time traveling and got to spend the
night in Airdrie, close to Calgary, at the Walmart. Not a good
night sleep, we are by a major highway, the train goes by really close
and we are on the flight path to land for the international airport of
Friday June 29, 2007
I am up at 5 am, had breakfast and I am on my bicycle checking out the
neighborhood until 7 am.
We are at the Calgary airport by 9:30 am. Suzie and Rolland are
not scheduled to arrive until 11:30 am. Oh well!
It is nice to have your own "house" with you, it makes your wait time
Once Suzie and Rolland arrive, we all want to talk at the same time, so
much to say. After getting the luggage, we take time to have a
beer and talk some more before we head to the Rockies to the town of
I only made two bad turns going through Calgary. We made a stop
for grocery before heading west.
A light drizzle keeps falling until we are out of Calgary and then it
stops. We can see the Rockies looking ahead.
and Rolland can't believe how beautiful the scenery is. They also
can't believe how big and tall the mountains are.
The 4 of us by Lac des Arcs or Bow Lake. It is actually in French
The closer we get, the bigger it gets and Suzie and Rolland find it so
Three or four stops later we got to Banff. Right away, we went to
our campground to get our spot, rest and catch up with a beer or
two. It is so funny to watch Suzie and Rolland with their head
spinning around trying to catch all the sights.
The rain started in the evening and went all night long. We spent
the evening inside looking at photos we took so far.
In bed by midnight!
Saturday June 30, 2007
Our bodies are up by 8:30 am. The rain stopped, off we are to
visit Banff. To go downtown, we decided to follow a hiking trail
going by the Bow river. A little hike of 6 km.
Here we go, the boys have to throw rocks in the river!
Boy that water is some cold.
sick? No, she is just looking at the other side of the ridge.
The hotel behind us is the Banff Spring Hotel. Built in 1886 by
the CP (Canadian Pacific), and when it opened in 1888, this was the
biggest hotel in the world with 250 rooms.
Once in Banff, we shopped the main street and let me tell you there is
lot of shopping to be done here.
Done with the shopping, we took the bus to get home from Banff.
Beautiful scenery and a nice little hike we had today.
Out to get more beer!
After dinner, we just chat and take it easy. Rolland just can't
stop looking at the mountains and telling us "this is just beautiful".
Today we had no rain, even some sun! The temperature was still
only in the +16 C. We spend the evening inside because the
outside temperature got down to +7 C. We started to look at
today's photo, but ran out of energy and went to bed by midnight.
From the departure building looking towards mount Sulfur, out
Looking down at our departure point.
But before we go up, we stop and read some information on the valley
and the Sulfur mountain.
Suzie and Michèle took the gondola to get to the top of Mount Sulfur.
Myself and Rolland go up by the trail.
The trail to get to the top is 5.6 km with an elevation gain of 70
M. Lots of zigs and zags.
Two and a half hours later, we are at the top.
While we are going up the mountain, Michèle and Suzie are busy waiting
for us with a cold beer..
And another beer...
They had to control themselves for not having another beer. Maybe
it was the fear or the doubt about us climbing the mountain!
We made it to the top of Mount Sulfur! Good thing we had some
wind and a cool +16 C or it would have been hot.
What a fantastic view from the top. The photos do not even
come close to what we actually see.
On the top left of the photo, Mount Stoney Squaw at 1,884 meter
high. Middle left, the town of Banff. The "small" mountain
in the middle is Mount Tunnel with only a height of 1,690 m. Top right
you have the Minnewanka lake and going through the photo is the Bow
View of the valley.
Another view of the Minnewanka lake and the Palliser range. The
tall mountain is mount Aylmer at 3,162 m.
Lots of wind at the top and it is a little cool for short pants.
This is where the gondola arrives and it is at an elevation of 2,260 m.
And the ultimate point of the day, Mount Sanson at 2,270 m..
The trail between the two places is all above the ground to protect the
fragile eco-system at those altitude. Lots of information about
the history and nature surrounding the mountain.
Can you see all three goats?
All four of us take the gondola to get backdown the mountain.
Next stop is the thermal bath of Banff located 10 minutes from the
The water is at +39 Celsius, but before we talk about the bath, we have
to talk about the performance me and Rolland did. We could not
make the pay lockers work. We kept putting 25 cents in the
locker, but it would not work! Finally, we read the instructions
and found out it requires $1.00. Not our best performance!
Lots of people in the bath, the water was very nice, especially after
our hike up the mountain. After about an hour, we head back to
Right by the entrance of our campground we saw this elk.
Here we are having a beer from Africa, a Flag.
Spent the evening inside as the temperature cool off quickly when the
sun goes down. Also, we cannot have campfire in the part of the