Banff is Beautiful

We woke up on Saturday (6/17) to a beautiful, clear morning at our Tunnel Mountain campsite in Banff, AB.  We broke camp earlier than normal so that we could be at the Sulphur Mountain Banff Gondola ride early to avoid the crowds.  I did not go on this excursion, only Laurie.  Dangling from a high wire while traveling up the side of a mountain is not my idea of vacation fun.  Laurie loved it, however, and got some incredible photos!

Laurie's view of Banff from her gondola trip
Laurie on her way up Sulphur Mountain.

After the Gondola ride, we drove into town and luckily found a parking spot for the Earl.  Banff is way too small for the number of tourists that arrive during the summer, especially on a weekend.  I took Lucy for a walk through town, where she made many new friends.

Downtown Banff is very walkable with great views.
Steve found Bigfoot in Banff!

In the afternoon, we got a good overview of Banff by taking the OpenTop Tour.  This tourist attraction drove us around in a special vehicle with an open roof that allows for great views. A tour guide provides history and information about key sites around town and up to some overlooks.  They even served us a drink!

I forgot to get a photo of the tour bus, but got a selfie.
Bighorn Sheep!
Our OpenTop Tour Guide served drinks at an overlook.
Laurie gets to see Banff from two mountains in one day.

After the tour, we headed north to Lake Louise.  Unfortunately, the Lake Louise / Lake Moraine shuttle bus was sold out for the day, so we headed to our campsite at the heavily wooded Lake Louise campground.  Lucy and I enjoyed a long walk along the beautiful glacial stream bordering the campground.

Lake Louise Campground has nice sites.
Great views from the campground trail.
Lucy loved exploring the trails!

3 thoughts on “Banff is Beautiful”

  1. These Mountain View’s are incredible. That stream you and Lucy got to walk by is amazing too. Thank you for sharing your incredible adventures!

  2. We are glad you and Laurie are getting to see and experience some of the most beautiful scenery Canada has to offer. Kelly and I love western Canada and we are going out to Vancouver and Kelowna, B.C. from July 7 to July 17, 2023.

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