Oh how lovely...a lazy start to the day! We didn't head off till 10.30am this morning!!!!
We were able to have a late start because we only had a little way to travel from Banff to Lake Louise, which was ony about an hour's drive away.
We said farewell to the beautiful Banff Springs.
We first had a stop at Bow River which was just behind the Banff Springs Hotel. We also managed to get a picture of the Hotel from a higher vantage point that showed it as it should be seen.
Next we drove to the Hoo-Doos...a limestone formation similar to the Pinnacles in Cervantes...just that they are surrounded by mountains. We also had our first spring day as the temperature rose...we found some early wildflowers, the Mountain Crocus growing nearby.
Next we made our way to board the Banff Gondola up to Sulphur Mountain. It was perfect weather...blue skies and not a breath of wind until we got out in the open up on the mountain boardwalk. The boardwalk was fantastic, although a little hairy to walk with all the ice and snow on the path.
Excitement was building as we now headed to Lake Louise...we arrived ... the Chateau Lake Louise appeared before us and it was magical.
We had a tour with our guide Mike who gave us an account of the history of the place and told us of the amazing mountain climbers who helped create the world renown destination. The glaciers surrounding us were totally awesome... the lake was huge and of course totally frozen!
The Frozen Lake
After we checked in we headed off to walk the lake...it is a mile long (1.6km) and a quarter mile (400m) wide...it took us 35 minutes to walk across the ice and snow to the other end at the base of Mount Victoria. It is impossible to describe the feeling of being surrounded by such huge mountains and glaciers...amazing. The photos certainly can't capture it as it was!! We have now decided it is a must do to come back when the lake is thawed and shining in all her emerald glory!
Ice holes in the lake
A snow family
The Hotel at the start of our Ice Walk...
Half way down the lake...
All the way down the lake on the pass to Mt Victoria.
Is the snow really melting???
Frozen Waterfall at the end of the lake.
A spectacular view of a beautiful hotel.
Spring is trying to come...buds appear
Even better was to come...we had a drink before dinner in front of the famous arched windows and then dinner in the Fairview Dining Room and it was SPECTACULAR!!! Amazing food and great views...just a perfect finish to an amazing day.
Anyone for cocktails...no alcohol of course!
Prawns for dinner?
The view at dinner...
Tomorrow off to Jasper...