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Banff, Alberta from the Sulphur Mountain Gondola Observatory. Sulphur Mountain Gondola Station near Banff. 7,486 feet above sea level. Iceberg Lake at the base of Mt. Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park
We stayed at the Banff Springs Hotel in the Bow River Valley. Sunwapta Falls off the Icefield Parkway in Jasper National Park. The lobby of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Angel Glacier hangs from the face of Mt. Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park. Mountain view next to the Icefield Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper. Overlook at the Plain of Six Glaciers. The trail head starts in front of the Chateau at Lake Louise.
View from inside the Panorama Restaurant at the top of Sulphur Mountain near Banff. Trail up to Sulphur Mountain Weather Observatory. Before the Gondola, a weatherman climbed it every day. Early morning on the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail on Lake Louise.
The Crowfoot Glacier at Bow Lake off the Icefield Parkway, one of the most scenic roadways in the World. Peyto Lake from the Bow Summit Viewpoint off the Icefield Parkway. Moraine Lake, known as the Valley of 10 Peaks, located in Banff National Park near Lake Louise.
Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Mts. Lefroy and Victoria, which form the famous backdrop to Lake Louise. Lake Louise shoreline trail.
Crevasse on the surface of Athabasca Glacier. Every year one or more persons fall into one and perishes. Bow Valley Hoodoos are geological formations left behind by eons of glacial activity. The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel dates to 1887 when the Canadian Pacific Railway built it to increase tourism.
The Banff area exhibits spectacular Fall scenery. Chateau Lake Louise was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1911. Snow Coaches take you out to the center of Athabasca Glacier where the ice is 1,000 feet thick.
The Ice Fall from the surface of Athabasca Glacier at the Columbia Icefield. We enjoyed our stay at the Deer Lodge on Lake Louise, next door to Chateau Lake Louise. Morning at Mt. Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park.
Johnston Canyon off the Bow Valley Parkway is one of the most popular hikes in the Canadian Rockies. The color of Lake Louise is caused by Glacial silt and refracted light. The lake subtly changes color throughout the day. View back of Lake Louise from the upper Plain of Six Glaciers Trail.
Rock climbers challenge themselves at cliffs along the shore of Lake Louise. Massive wall frequented by climbers near Lake Louise shore line. Rugged shore line of upper Lake Louise.
Closeup of Crowfoot Glacier off the Icefield Parkway. View of the Columbia Icefield from the Icefield Visitor's Center. Mt. Cephron viewed from the Icefield Parkway.
Lateral rock and gravel Moraine left behind by Athabasca Glacier as it retreated. The piano player has been playing in this parlor at the Banff Springs Hotel for 30 years. Sulphur Mountain Gondola Station viewed from the nearby weather observatory.
Mt. Andromeda, part of the Columbia Icefield, viewed from the surface of Athabasca Glacier. Iceberg lake at the base of Mt. Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park. Fall colors are evident along the Icefield Parkway on the way to Jasper City.
Mountain views are common place along the spectacular Icefield Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper. In many places the Maligne Canyon near Jasper is over 300 feet deep. Canyon at Sunwapta Falls near the Icefield Parkway.
Johnston Canyon Lower Falls in Banff National Park off the Bow River Parkway. Johnston Canyon is a unique environment suitable for moss and lichens. Travertine Cliffs within Johnston Canyon.

Hikers descend from the Plain of Six Glaciers Viewpoint. Lake Louise is in the distance. Glacial silt from the Plain of Six Glaciers area washes down and deposits in Lake Louise. Early morning on the Lake Louise shore line trail.

Glaciers blanket the mountain tops high above Moraine Lake near Lake Louise. The Chateau Lake Louise started out as an outpost for hikers, adventurers, and sportsman. Off the Icefield Parkway, Bow Lake, Mountain and Glacier surround Num-Ti-Jah Lodge.

High above the timberline on the Lake Louise Plain of Six Glaciers Trail. An avalanche chute on the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail at Lake Louise. Moraine Lake, a short drive from Lake Louise, is a popular hiking area.

Plain of Six Glaciers Trail view of the steep glacial chute christened the Death Trap. A panoramic view of the Plain of Six Glaciers area near Lake Louise. Upper Plain of Six Glaciers runoff valley. Up here it is cold, windy, and nearly treeless.

Shoreline of Moraine Lake. View from window out our Banff Springs Hotel room. Piano parlor at the Banff Springs Hotel.

Closeup of Mt. Victoria at Plain of Six Glaciers area. The Banff Springs Hotel and Golf Course was constructed in the Bow River Valley. Ridge trail I traversed to reach the Plain of Six Glaciers Viewpoint.

Downtown Banff, Alberta. Banff is very much a scenic tourist town. At the crest where Angel Glacier hangs over Mt. Edith Cavell it is 200 feet thick. The artificial wave generating pool at the West Edmonton Mall, the largest mall in the world.

View point in Maligne Lake Canyon. Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. Maligne Lake shore line and Mt. Unwin.

Maligne Canyon Falls, which is located in Jasper National Park. Iceberg Lake at the base of Mt. Edith Cavell. People are near the shoreline taking photographs. Iceberg Lake below Angel Glacier is at the end of Path of the Glacier Trail.

Two people on the trail beneath Angel Glacier and Mt. Edith Cavell. A cairn constructed at Mt. Edith Cavell marks the trail. Closeup of Mt. Edith Cavell's hanging Angel Glacier.

Mt. Edith Cavell road in Jasper National Park. Athabasca Falls Canyon near Jasper off the Icefield Parkway. Athabasca Falls Canyon has taken the lives of foolish people who have climbed over the protective barriers.

Athabasca Falls off the Icefield Parkway in Jasper National Park. Athabasca Falls Canyon in Jasper National Park. Colorful Fall foliage along the Icefield Parkway.

Sunwapta Falls and Gorge off the Icefield Parkway in Jasper National Park. Sunwapta Falls Gorge and pedestrian bridge viewpoint. View of the Columbia Icefield glacial slab from the Icefield Parkway.

View of Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield from the Icefield Center. The shuttle bus ferries tourists to the snow coach, which then takes them out to the center of the Athabasca Glacier. View off the Icefield Parkway at the beginnings of the Columbia Icefield area.

From viewpoint that overlooks the Icefield Parkway in Banff National Park. View to the west side of the Icefield Parkway. If you go, spend a day viewing the sites along the parkway. Peyto Lake from the Bow Summit Viewpoint near the Icefield Parkway.

View of Lake Louise from in front of the Fairmont Chateau. View down Lake Louise to Mts. Lefroy and Victoria. Runoff from high mountain glaciers spill into Lake Louise and create its unique color.

Mt. Victoria at Plain of Six Glaciers. If you look closely, at the top of the Death Trap glacier is a climber's hut. Mts. Lefroy and Victoria can be reached by a 7 mile roundtrip hike on the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail. Moraine Lake is almost as popular for tourists as nearby Lake Louise.

The Lower Falls at Johnston Canyon on the Bow Valley Parkway between Banff and Lake Louise.

Johnston Canyon Trail allows unprecedented access because much of it has been anchored to the narrow canyon walls.

Johnston Canyon takes a good half day to visit.

The 10-story Upper Falls at Johnston Canyon.

Another of the many Johnston Canyon waterfalls.

The Upper Johnston Canyon area. The creek drops nearly 250 feet from the Upper Falls to the start of the trail head.

Snow is still on the ground in October on Sulphur Mountain, which overlooks Banff and the Bow River Valley. View of the Hoodoos and the Bow River Valley from Tunnel Mountain. Just above center in the distance is the Banff Springs Hotel. Bow River Valley view of the Banff Springs Hotel and, in the upper left corner, the Sulphur Mountain Gondola.

Lake Louise is a much more sedate area than the Bow River Valley and Banff. From Sulphur Mountain, the Bow River Valley just north of Banff. Viewpoint overlooking the north Bow River Valley is part of the trail up to the Sulphur Mountain weather observatory.

The Death Chute glacial slide at the end of Plain of Six Glaciers Trail, which has a trailhead at Lake Louise. The Banff Springs Hotel and Sulphur Mountain Gondola, which looks like a string of pearls going up the mountain on the far left. The Crowfoot Glacier above Bow Lake is in Banff National Park about 20 miles north of Lake Louise.

Peyto Lake is a glacial fed lake as seen from Bow Summit just off the Icefield Parkway Highway. Bow Lake is one of many lakes that border the Icefield Parkway. The lake is fed by the Bow River and lies at 6,300 ft elevation. Bear, elk, and other large wildlife populate the Bow Lake Valley just off the Icefield Parkway.

Lake Louise and its glacial Mountains viewed from in front of the Chateau. Moraine Lake is near Lake Louise and is the epitome of a glacier fed lake. A panorama of the Columbia Icefield Visitor Area and its many glaciers.

The Plain of Six Glaciers from high up on the Lake Louise Trail. The Plain of Six Glaciers ridgeback trail goes a few hundred yards farther until it ends and you cannot continue. The fall off is dangerous and much steeper than it appears in the photo. Panorama of the terrain on the Plain of Six Glaciers high trail.

Angel Glacier in Jasper National Park hangs to the right of Mt. Edith Cavell and calves off occasionally into an iceberg lake at the base of the mountain. The north face of Mt. Edith Cavell is on the left. To the right is Angel Glacier looming above an ice-choked lake. Large chunks of ice float in the lake beneath Mt. Edith Cavell. When we arrived, people were standing on some of the floating chunks while someone took their photograph.

A short hike from the parking lot is this ice filled lake at the base of Mt. Edith Cavell, named for a nurse executed by the Germans in Belgium during World War One who was accused of helping British soldiers to escape. Banff City is on the left, the Banff Springs hotel is low center, and the Banff Springs Golf Course skirts the Bow River on its right. The photo was taken from Sulphur Mountain. The Bow River Valley just north of Banff taken from an observation deck on Sulphur Mountain near the Weather Station.

Banff  at 4,800 ft elevation is the highest city in Canada. Banff began as a railroad town in the 1880's. A view of the area that surrounds the Banff Springs Hotel from our room at the same hotel. Moraine lake at 6,200 ft elevation is 8 miles outside Lake Louise Village. It gets its spectacular color from the refraction of light off of rock flour that is deposited in the lake on a continual basis.

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