We spent a little bit of time in Banff. It rained–alot! The RV park in Banff is situated right next to beautiful apartments. Banff has many, many little ski villages. It’s no wonder they got selected to host the Winter Olympics. The town itself sits down in the valley a little ways. You can ride your bike around town and to the villages very easily.
Banff and its wildlife socialize quite a bit. In the album, checkout the herd of deer, including a buck, eating grass on the school grounds! Up the mountain a bit, by the golf course, is the Bow River waterfall. One of many hotsprings in the area, I took ak picture of the historic old fountain. The hot springs pool is open to the public.
Gondola rides to the top of the mountain is very popular. There were five tour buses in the parking lot, with one lining up to park. As the goldola riders swept up the mountain, the mist crept down to greet them. By the time I took a picture and looked up, the mist engulfed the entire mountain top, and was descending on the parking lot.
In my album, you’ll find a picture of a evergreen bush that moose and deer go crazy for. I saw two deer and two spotted bambies standing on the SIDEWALK tearing into the shrubs in front of a building–perfectly content with the traffic and tourists. Lake Minnewanka was beautiful! I’ll return and kayak this baby someday. It’s starting to get really cold. We’ve been on the road for almost three months. I’m missing my desert and sunshine!
I thought I’d drive through Calgary–just to say I went there. But traffic was horrendous. It started raining really hard, and getting pretty foggy, pretty fast. I pulled off at the next light, and saw a huge sign announcing “Olympic Park.” I didn’t make the connection until I spotted three giant ski jumps at the top of the mountain! Wow. What a sight that place is! The toboggan run snaked down the mountain side, and evidence of winter events could be spotted here and there.
I think it was 1988 when Calgary hosted the Olympics. Being so close to Banff probably helped Banff get selected for hosting the next winter Olympics. This park is unreal, the mountan very steep. It sits within a few miles of downtown Calgary. We drove up the mountain, and took several pictures. Check them out!
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