Banff Autumn 2016

After a short flight from   Heathrow, London, UK  for my buddies across the pond- I often find my self peering out of the jet window at Fanshawe Lake  and wondering what happened to Big Ben, where did it go?

After a short break at Calgary airport it as time to crack on for a drive on the other side of the road- what its a Commonwealth Country- firstly its easy on a freeway.

Banff is a distance of 144 KMs. Not far

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The trip was to discover the Rockies or the Canadian Rockies-

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Banff town large enough to base for a couple of days to discover the Bow Valley Parkway and the famous Lake Louise- the town is a perfect introduction to the Canadian way of life- bike lanes, friendly people and the Coffee is not bad at all!

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The town is surrounded by the National Park which at near night fall

can cause some conflict with nature v railways.

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Home of the Rocky Mountaineer.

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One of the initiatives from the local tourist board is for out of towners pump into red chairs along the route- which Is often the best spot to unwind for the afternoon and enjoy the wildlife-

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OH and take some mountain shoes and a warm jacket- autumn is slightly chilly- only slightly !

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including this super location at Lake Minnewaka

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Back long ago in the age of steam the thought was that to open up the region was to build a railway line. The Canadian Pacific Railway– to bring the well heeled to the valleys and lakes- one of the first places made now infamous was Lake Louise

and in a late afternoon

With the wind whooshing down the mountain-

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The first chance to aboard a gondola to the roof of Louise.

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In the distance is the lake at the base of the mountain – from this angle you get great sense of the wilderness- as you alight

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There is a electric fence warning you not to go past into the forest;late in the day the bears start to roam and in similar fashion they tend to rather enjoy fruits of the forest- especially in the autumn months

With the development of the Canadian Pacific Railway- Grand Hotels were built- just in time for visitors to get a picture before night fall

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Grand hotels for the Victorian guest or perhaps Michael Portillo  and his Bradshaw’s.

 

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Next stop: Moraine Lake, Emerald Lake and Icefields Parkway

 

 

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