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A Busy day around Banff

Last night after we had done the blog in Starbucks we returned to the site and walked to the Hoodoos , a short walk from the campground. These are strange rock formations overlooking the Bow river and were formed during the glaciation period.
Started today with a visit to Lake Minnewanka. Very picturesque, when the sun came out the water was a beautiful turquoise. Then drove to the Vermilion lakes for a picnic lunch. These were disappointing with little colour to them. We then parked in the town and walked to the Cave and Basin, the original hot springs that gave rise to the town of Banff. These were over the river and quite a long walk in the hot sun, so when we got back to town we had a milk shake each which we had promised Chris who had seen an advert for the café “Shakes”.
Back to the campground and started to pack our cases as tomorrow is our last night in the RV on the outskirts of Calgary before a couple of nights in a hotel there.

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A Day In Banff

Spent the day in Banff today. A sunny but breezy day.

We have been up Sulphur Mountain on the Gondola with fantastic views as always from the top of a mountain.
Lunch in Banff and a further look round the town and shops with a walk by the river.

Have to support Holland now that England have exited the World Cup. (Colin's comment)

Just chilling with a coffee then back to get the RV out of the space Colin put it in. May take a while!!

Will post photos another day.

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Spruce Grove to Banff

A lovely journey back along the same road from the Hot Springs area of British Columbia to the Bow Valley in Alberta and then on to Banff. We had a great view of Castle mountain along here The campsite at Banff is massive, we walked into town as the guy who booked us in said it was a 15 minute walk – it took us 50 minutes!!! (Could he maybe have said 50, not 15?) Anyway after a look around, a quick grocery shop and a coffee, we got the bus back!
Tomorrow we hope to go up Sulphur Mountain on the gondola, if the weather is good.

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Lake Louise to Spruce Grove Resort

We have travelled back into British Columbia today for one night, though we are still on ‘Mountain Time’, so 7 hours behind the UK. The campsite is lovely with an open pitch ‘site’ as they call them here!! We have been sitting out in the sunshine since we got here and it’s been very hot (hurray!!!!). We had planned to visit the hot pools at ‘Fairmont Hot Springs’ which is next door to where we are, but we are SO weary that we decided to just chill in the sunshine today.
Our journey here was great – we left Lake Louise early and stopped for breakfast in a lovely layby with a great view of ‘Storm Mountain’ A bit later on we stopped at a place of interest called the ‘ochre trail and paint pots’. We followed a bright rusty-orange trail to a place where they used to mine the ochre pigment used in paint. The colours were really unusual and we then reached the ‘paint pots’ which were 3 round pools (2 of them being bright green in colour) surrounded by the orange path!!
We then continued and found ourselves in our first ‘bear-jam’!! This is like a traffic jam but made up of vehicles which are stopped because they want to photograph a bear on, or near the road. The Black Bear was quite small and looked quite cute!! The man in front of us got out of his car and must have got a great picture, but we had been warned not to so we took pics from the RV and though not great, they are the nearest we have been to a bear. We sped on after the photos only to see another Black Bear quite near at the tree-line, but we were then going too fast to stop. We have been VERY lucky to see 4 Black Bears now, when lots of tourists come here and never see one!!!
Tomorrow we travel back to the Rockies to spend 3 nights in Banff.

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Lake Louise and surrounding area

We drove the 4 km to the lake early in the day as we had heard that it gets very busy. We had clouds again today and mist on the mountains but the sun came out for a few minutes for us to get some lovely photos of Lake Louise. We then drove up to Moraine Lake for a while, though we thought the water level seemed quite low here the colour was still beautiful. The colours must be out of this world on a bright sunny day, but unfortunately not for us to see this holiday.
A drive along the Bow Valley Parkway which is the minor road between Lake Louise and Banff, where we stopped for lunch in the RV
We wanted to see the railway Spiral Tunnels whilst we were in this area. These are figure of eight tunnels which allow you to watch the front of trains emerging from one part of the mountain before the rear has entered at the entrance. Unfortunately whilst we were there no trains passed through, but we DID see the entrance and exit!!
We had a coffee and a last look around the village here then back to the RV park. We really liked Lake Louise but were not blessed with the good weather we had earlier.
Tomorrow we drive out of the national park for one night staying at Spruce Grove which is part of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

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