Baniff Park

As we left Calgary, I intended to take a photo of how the Rockies appear from Calgary about 100 KMs away, but just west of Calgary it was raining and the Rockies were hidden. They stayed that way until the next day.

When we pulled up to park entrance gate, that was the first hint we were in the mountains. We booked in for two weeks and headed for one of the many campgrounds in the park. On the way to the campground we had a glimpses of what the place is like.

As I expected, by the middle of July the park is FULL. But there was overflow space, so we took a night of that.

Now this must be a common condition for this time of year, because when we got to the spot they had assigned us, there were electrical outlets available.

This was a great spot. We could see across the opening of the parking area, and the wild life was all around.

On the first night the weather forecast was for snow. And next morning we could see it had snowed in the mountains, but we were about 500 ft below the elevation of the snow. (Big smile).

Now it turns out there is a LONG line each morning for people wanting to get onto regular lots. I decided we were perfectly comfortable where we were and there was so much to see, that we simply spent the rest of our days on that spot, renewing every 3 or 4 days.

Now it was time to start to explore the park.

We took a nearby cable lift and when we got to the top of the lift, here is some of the views. Notice the scale. A rain show was coming down through the valley as you can see in the photo on the right.

Then we were able to walk along the ridge and look out in different directions.
In the photo on the left I am looking down over the town of Baniff.

On the right, we have gone back to the cable lift and are about to descend.

The view from the cable car on the way down. Click on the photo on the right to see the lower cable termina building more clearly.

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