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Banff...Part Two

It was freezing this morning!!! We had to get ourselves rugged up for a tour of the area. All our guides keep commenting on how unusual it is to have this weather we are experiencing...it is supposed to be spring! Unfortunately because the snow is still so heavy there are a lot of activities that are unavailable for us to do which is a little disappointing, but you make the most of what you have got!!

We headed out today towards Lake Louise ...first to Bow River...which is only partly thawed.
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We encountered some Rocky Mountain Big-Horned Sheep on the side of the road...nibbling at the only fresh grass for miles!!
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We drove up to Castle Mountain. It is surrounded by Chalets that are available all year round.
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We headed off to Two Jack Lake...named after Jack and Jack!

Lake Minnewanka was a spectacular expanse of water...of course still frozen...about a metre thick of ice! We walked out onto the lake to view the "floating" boatshed and pontoons that will be towed into shore when everything eventually thaws. It is a magic place for boating and fishing in the summer.

Me on the Lake

Rob on the "floating dock"

There was and amazing rock garden where people had made numerous Inukshuks from stones.
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Now this is especially for my boss...Mr Patrick Bourke...the solar man...they spent $$$2 million on building a solar panelled washroom at the Lake and it was by now a sunny day with temps nearing 11degrees celcius and GUESS WHAT? It was closed for the winter!!!
Patrick...this photo is just for you...

We got dropped off in the township and decided to get in some much needed exercise so we walked around for a couple of hours...in the sunshine...CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!! It got to about 14 degrees...whoo hoo! It was delightful.
We walked back to the hotel...just thought I would share our humble accommodation with you :)

"The Chateau Banff Springs Hotel"
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I just had to add an internet picture to give it the ooohhhhh's and ahhhhhhh's it deserves...images_4_.jpg

Posted by thewoodsies 15:58

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Brrrrrrr.. you sure have made me feel very cold. Getting colder here too but we are seriously lacking your sensational surroundings.
Wow what a place to stay. Hope you've had a grand tour of it too xxxx

by janene tench

I love Banff ! Did you get upto Sulphur mt ? Beautiful views of the area and a magnificent walk unto the summit . Great view of your accommodation from up there too ! We just drooled at it and went back to our 3 stars !! Did you see the signs for Numtijah lodge - in the middle of nowhere but along the shore of the Bow river . Was about -15 the morning we woke up there as well !! Spring - ha !! Bit like the lack of autumn we are having too !! One more days of holidays for me - you've still got heaps!! Lucky you xxxxx

by fiveofus

Hi Caryn and Rob, You must be having a FANTASTIC time, I have been keeping up with your posts but have had trouble registering so I can comment...but wow wow wow!
Although I hope it warms up for you the wintery scenery is great.....keep enjoying, Theresa and Tony (TNT)

by tshowell

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