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Banff

Friday, August 10, 2007

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We have breakfast and then pack up the trailer to move it from the overflow campground to the regular campground at Lake Louise. Another night of rain again, sometimes very heavy. Plus it is really cold today. The TV weatherman informs us that we’re in the coldest town in Canada this morning! Winter coats today and it’s the middle of August :-( It stays in the 40s all day!!!

The Lake Louise campsite isn’t as nice as the Jasper Whistler campsite, but we do have electric here. The worst part is that there is a very busy train track only about 50 feet away from our campsite.

We drive the Bow Valley scenic highway to Banff. Clouds and rain, so not very scenic. Nice hike back to a waterfall in Johnson Canyon--it even stops raining for hike :-)
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We see a large elk beside the highway and there is a very large crowd of people surrounding the elk taking pictures. I guess they didn't see the signs saying to stay 3 bus lengths away from the elk :-)
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Banff city is a mess.
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Lots of cars and the main street is completely closed with construction, but we finally find a place to park. We do some shopping and have dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory. Good warm food in a warm restaurant – it pours down rain while we eat, so we have a nice leisurely dinner. The only bad part of dinner is when the waiter informs us that prior to this week they had 4 weeks of sunshine. We didn't really need to know that.

After dinner we drive out to Surprise Point to view the famous Banff Springs Hotel.
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It’s drizzling so it is a quick stop, as most stops are today in the rain. Then we drive out to the Cave and Basin National Historic Park, the site of the first Canadian national park. The inside museum has already closed but we can walk around the outside to see the original hot springs resort. They also have a boardwalk leading to the original hot springs above the resort.
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We also drive around town on the Tunnel Mountain Road with a few quick stops. The rain and low clouds are putting a damper on what is supposed to be a beautiful town.

Then back to the trailer to play a game of Life and bedtime.

Posted by jengelman 13:42 Archived in Canada Tagged family_travel

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