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Revelstoke to Penticton

all seasons in one day 27 °C

Drove up Revelstoke Mt through Meadows in the Sky Parkway. Lovely drive through fir woods and an abundance of wild flowers lining the road. Caught the bus shuttle to the peak & did a few walks around there. Vegetation a little different to what we've seen elsewhere, but still really pretty.
Rest of day spent driving through varied landscapes again on our way to Penticton. Lots of agricultural land including orchards, cornfields & vineyards. Rain set in after lunch & hasn't stopped. Still 20' after a high of 27'.
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Revelstoke Mt views
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RAIN!

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Revelstoke

semi-overcast 29 °C

First day of rain! Thunderstorms predicted but didn't eventuate. Cleared by lunchtime.
Mostly driving day. Finished the Icefields Parkway. Know why it's voted one of the world's best drives. So much to see & do!
Made our way to Revelstoke via Field & Golden through the Rogers Pass in Glacier Nat. Pk. Different scenery again with lower mountains and bigger valleys.
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Stopped at Hemlock Grove (old Cedar Forrest) & Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk (wetlands abounding with Skunk Cabbage vegetation attractive to birds & bears).
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Hemlock Grove
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Skunk Cabbage

Saw a (Steller's) bluejay & a gopher!
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Got to our accommodation early afternoon so we could chill out a bit before our al fresco Italian meal sipping Canadian Shiraz, listening to Summer Festival outdoor music with a balmy breeze blowing! Quaint town!!

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Banff

sunny 27 °C

Today we headed for Banff, about 1.5 hrs from accommodation. Great town, larger than Jasper. Lots of shops! Tried our first Beaver Tail for breki- a thin fried sweet pastry shaped like a beaver tail & topped with whatever desired.
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Rode the Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mt, then climbed the steps to the summit. A shame the view wasn't that clear as there is a lot of smoke haze coming up from bush fires in Washington.
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Banff Gondola & Sulphur Mt

Checked out the Thermal Springs close by. Didn't bother going in as they were at 40^C.
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Next went to Bow Falls which are close to town. Sat & had lunch on the banks of the river.
More lakes to follow- Lake Minnewanka & Johnson Lake. Saw a herd of Long Horn sheep on the road blocking traffic.
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Next off to Johnston Canyon. Another favourite. Boardwalk built into canyon side just above river with several waterfalls ( similar to Vintgar Gorge in Slovenia). Quite specky! Finished that walk at 7 & people still heading in with plenty of daylight left. Ate dinner at the cafe there, then long drive back to accommodation.
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Icefields Parkway

Lakes

sunny 27 °C

Left Jasper to see the rest of the Icefields Parkway. First stops were Bridal Veil Falls & Weeping Wall, both on roadside. Then Mistaya Canyon-a highlight!
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Mistaya Canyon

Then it was all about the lakes (more lakes!). First Peyto Lake-famous for its colour, then Lake Louise- famous on all the post cards , then Lake Moraine-sister to Lake Louise (surrounded by 10 peaks)!
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Peyto Lake

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Lake Louise with famous Fairmont Hotel in background
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Lake Moraine

Then backtracked to our accommodation at The Crossing (Saskatchewan River) which is 2/3 of the way down the Icefields Parkway & backdropped with majestic mountains.
Saw a Big Horn Sheep this morning.
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Jasper to Columbia Icefields

sunny 28 °C

Set off early to travel about 100km down the Icefield Parkway to the Icefield Discovery Centre to hop on an 'Ice Explorer' that took us onto the glacier. All the statistics about size and age of the glacier were mind boggling!
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Was a fairly warm day, so not too cool on the glacier. Had the most expensive coffee ever at the Discovery Centre-$6.55 CAD!! They don't do coffee well here. All drip coffee that tastes like dirty water! If you do manage to get espresso, it's still week & tasteless!
Then we headed back north again to retrace our steps & visit most of the other sights on the northern leg of the Parkway.
First stop-Stutfield Glacier lookout, then Bubbling Springs, Sunwapta Falls, Honeymoon Lake, & Athabasca Falls ( my favourite so far. So much water coming down at incredible force & many levels of falls ).
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Honeymoon Lake
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Athabasca Falls
Feeling pretty tired by this stage so decided we would only do the short walk at Valley of the Five Lakes!! It took over an hour and was quite vigorous with walking/ climbing through woods until we came to a string of five small lakes. It was worth it, as every lake was more remarkable than the next.
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Found some chairs perched on a ledge overlooking one lake!

Then quick drive out to Patricia & Pyramid Lakes in Jasper town & we were done for the day!
An elk was in our driveway to greet us!

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