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Northwest Mounted Police Barracks

On our trip to Canada, we stayed in the town of Canmore.  They have preserved the Northwest Mounted Police Barracks and turned it into a museum.  Here are a few pictures I took with my cell phone, because I forgot to take the camera with me.

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Hiking the Athabasca Glacier

On our last full day in Canada, Glen and I scheduled a hike on the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park.

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When we got there it was blowing snow and visibility was pretty poor.

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However, by the time everyone in our group geared up the snow had stopped and the sun had come out.  We had to hike up to the glacier, which was the hardest part because it was so rocky.

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This is the view once we got onto the glacier.

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Our guide dug down and handed all of us some of the glacial ice.  This ice is 200 plus years old.  Pretty amazing to think about.

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Our guide graciously took our picture 🙂

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Here you can see more snow moving in. It was pretty much at this time the guide thought it would be a good idea to start heading back down.

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We hiked most of the way back down the glacier next to a shallow crevasse.  You can also see it had started to snow.

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We got to look down into a glacial hole, one at a time, while holding our guides hand to make sure we didn’t fall in.

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At this point it was snowing pretty hard and the wind was blowing gale force.  We had to shield our faces because the snow was hitting us and stinging our skin.

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The snow sure made the view pretty on the drive back to Canmore.

On our way to the Athabasca Glacier

Last Thursday Glen and I had a glacier walk scheduled on Mount Athabasca.  The Icefield Parkway, also known as Highway 93, was a gorgeous drive and we finally saw wildlife other than squirrels.

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It was a long drive from Canmore to the Icefield Center in Jasper National Park.  However, the views were like this for the whole drive.

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The wildlife we saw were mountain goats.  They had traffic at a complete standstill as they made their way down and across the highway.

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Ink Pots

There was a trail we hiked that branched off of the Johnston Canyon trail.  Most tourists don’t hike this trail, and being anti large crowd type of people, we decided to go for it.  The trail took us to some ink pots.  The ink pots are springs that bubble up to the surface and create emerald green pools.  The sediment is like quick sand and you can see the water moving it around.

Hiking Johnston Canyon

Johnston Canyon was a fantastic hike because it is a relatively easy hike and it was rife with waterfalls.

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Glen snapped this at the beginning of the trail before the hoards of tourists surrounded us.

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Bow Lake

The same day that Glen and I went to Peyto lake we also hiked around Bow Lake.  It was a blustery cold day and I ended up getting windburned.  The lake was very beautiful and has a trail that takes you to a waterfall.

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Here we are on the trail to the waterfall.

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Of course there were plenty of cute ground squirrels to take pictures of.

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This one had mud all over its face.  Made me wonder what in the world it was up to.

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Selfie of me and Glen with Bow Lake as a backdrop.

Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake was, for me, the most beautiful lake that we saw.  It was also one of the coolest and windiest days for us.

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There is a nice paved trail at Peyto Lake for visitors.  We saw a few nifty things along the way, such as this cute squirrel that was very busy having a snack.

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These mushrooms were as big as dinner plates and look like they have been burned.  Very ominous looking fungus.

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Panoramic shot of Peyto Lake.  It was just stunning.

Teahouses

There are two trails that we wanted to hike while we were at Lake Louise.  We decided to hike the Lake Agnes Tea House Trail and the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail.  Both trails total 14.6 km (9.07 miles).  The trail for Lake Agnes was a relatively easy hike, while the Plain of Six Glaciers was more challenging.  Of course the going was all mostly up.  We did get to see some nifty things on the way.

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This gray jay was very accommodating by sitting on a low branch and posing for our pictures.

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There were all kinds of interesting mushrooms along the way.

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We did see some folks later in the day foraging for mushrooms.  I know nothing about them except for the ones at the grocery store, so I just take their picture.

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This is Lake Agnes.  The Lake Agnes Teahouse offers up quite a selection of teas, and I witnessed an employee getting water with a teapot straight out of the lake, which I found interesting yet disturbing.  We didn’t take any pictures of the teahouse as there was quite the throng of tourists and we just wanted to get moving on to the next teahouse on the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail.

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We discovered a “fairy house” on the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail.  Not sure if the mushroom grew upward with the pine cone on top of it, or if there was human intervention.  Either way, it was very picture worthy.

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The further along the trail we went the higher and higher we got.

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The higher and higher we got, the less air there seemed to be.  Glen is a good man though, he periodically turns to make sure I am still trudging along.  I get there, just a lot slower than others.  This is me, trying to suck in air.

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We did finally make it to the teahouse, and we were both starving.  We managed to find a table and had a wonderful lunch of homemade vegetable soup, sandwich and chocolate cake.  No pictures of the food, it was consumed too fast 🙂

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This tree, complete with a raven, was next to the patio where we were sitting enjoying our lunch.  He was keeping a sharp eye out for any food that got left behind.

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Lastly, is a panoramic picture at the teahouse.  In the middle of the shot are the glaciers on top of the mountain.  It was a very rewarding view after a long hike up.  Of course, we still had to go all the way back down.

Lake Louise

On Sunday we went to Lake Louise in Banff National Park.  It really was gorgeous!

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There were a ton of tourists there even though the weather was on the verge of being ugly.  It rained ninety percent of the day.

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This is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.  Looks very grand doesn’t it?

Hiking Mount Sulphur

On our first full day we decided to head to the town of Banff and hike up Mount Sulphur then ride the gondola down.

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We had only made it about a third of the way up at this point and I was still doing ok.

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Still only about a third of the way up and we were being rewarded with fantastic views.

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At about the halfway mark we could see the town of Banff.

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Great shot of the gondola…if you can see it through the smokey haze.

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We had stopped so I could make every attempt to catch my breath when some friendly people offered to take our picture.  I look happy, but inside I was dying like a fish out of water.  The higher we went the more I struggled to breath.

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The view from the top of Mount Sulphur.  I wish it was clearer, but the smoke from the wildfires in Washington made it so hard to see any views.

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Our view from inside the gondola riding down the mountain.  Going down was certainly a LOT easier than going up 🙂

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