My sisters and I at the hotel in Banff, Alberta.
This hotel had a beautiful courtyard completely surrounded by guest rooms......but no air conditioning! And it was like 80+ degrees:( What's up with that?
This is day 8 of our trip and we have been on the road for a week.
I have been looking forward to the Canadian Rockies more than any other place we've been to and finally we are here.
I'm going to do a few posts of locations instead of days. It's just too hard to pick out a few photos of each place and cram them all into one post.
Our first stop was the gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. In just eight minutes you are on top of Sulfur Mountain at an elevation of 7,486 above sea level.
Sulphur Mountain is named for the sulphuric hot springs found on it's lower slopes.
For the more adventurous there is a 3.5 mile trail you can hike up.
The summit visitor center has two restaurants, a gift shop, and multiple observation decks. The true summit of Sulphur Mountain is the tall peak to the right of the center.
There are breathtaking panoramic views of Banff and the Bow Valley, and many of the areas mountain peaks can be seen from the observation decks.
The tall mountain to the left is Cascade Mountain and the short mountain is Tunnel Mountain. Tunnel Mountain is nearly encircled by the town of Banff and there is no tunnel in the mountain.
The lake in the distance is Lake Minnewanka and the river flowing through Banff is Bow River.
Various trails offer scenic mountain views in every direction. The day we were there was cloudy and hazy but still amazing.
The Sundance Range
Sulphur Mountain and Sanson's peak are joined by a wooden boardwalk.
A National Historic Site, this stone cabin built in 1903 was the first meteorological observatory in this area. Norman Sanson observed the weather from Sansons Peak for 30 years and made over 1000 trips up to the peak during his capacity of park meteorologist.
A look through the window you can see it's interior is still complete with rustic furnishings.
Yes.....you are a lot cuter here than at home.
The famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. In the upper left corner the Bow River Falls are visible.