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Banff! Biff! Pow! Kazam!

Banff; the highest elevated town in Canada and site of the UNESCO listed Banff parklands.  Arriving in the town after spending a bit more than ten hours on an overnight bus from Vancouver we stepped off at the Banff railway station and immediately began turning in circles taking in the picturesque Canadian Rockies that encircle the town from every angle.

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As we’d arrived early in the morning, we strolled the main street, drank a coffee and then checked our bags into the place at which we’d be staying and headed out to make the most of our day.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn the picture above the Fairmont Hotel Banff sits nestled at the foot of Sulphur Mountain – the two peaks in the center are the end point of the mountain gondola ride up, and the weather station from left to right respectively.

Somehow I managed to talk Daniella into climbing up there – it’s a hard climb, but we made it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA From this viewpoint at the weather station, Banff is visible in the bottom left of the picture below.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd another view of the surrounding mountains.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs shown in the picture from the weather station above, Banff wraps around the base of the smaller Tunnel Mountain – we climbed that bastard the day after and checked out Bow River Falls on the way back down.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe next day we headed out to Lake Louise renowned for it’s views of the nearby glaciers.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe water of the lake is a stunning blue due to the minerals scraped out of the surrounding rock by glacial movement.  In the distance you can see Queen Victoria glacier.  We walked out to the Plain of the Six Glaciers for a better view.

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Also, chipmunks are fairly common and cute little bastards.

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