It was almost dusk when we arrived so after a quick freshen up we took a walk down the main street to get a sandwich and a drink, before heading back to the hotel to retire for night, it had been a long day and was approximately 3 a.m. in the morning back home so we had been awake almost 24 hours!
This is the main street as we headed back to our hotel
and a view of the moon coming up over the mountains.
the easternmost mountain of the main ranges in the Bow Valley. The mountain was named in 1858 by James Hector for its castle-like appearance. From 1946 to 1979 it was known as Mount Eisenhower in honour of general Dwight D. Eisenhower until public pressure caused its original name to be restored, but a pinnacle on the southeastern side of the mountain was named Eisenhower Tower. Located nearby are the remains of Silver City, a 19th century mining settlement, and the Castle Mountain Internment Camp in which persons deemed enemy aliens and suspected enemy sympathizers were confined during World War I.
We followed the Bow River
Spiral Tunnel at Cathedral Mountain, where we watched a train descend the mountain on a spiral track and eventually disappear into the tunnel shown in the next photograph. You can read about spiral tunnels and how they came about here.
aptly named because of it's colour,
rock flour, washed down the mountains, suspended in the water.
Our next stop was Takakkaw Falls, I am standing in the middle of the bridge on the next photo.
in western Canada, after Delta Falls on Vacouver Island. However its true "free-fall" is only 254 metres (833 ft). MWM crossed the bridge to get a closer look at the falls and took this video.
, means something like "it is magnificent". The falls are fed by the Daly Glacier, which is part of the Waputik Icefield. The glacier keeps the volume of the falls up during the warm summer months, and they are a tourist attraction, particularly in late spring after the heavy snow melts, when the falls are at peak condition. The Takakkaw Falls were featured in the 1995 film Last Of The Dogmen.
We continued our journey to Lake Louise, which is actually a Hamlet named for the nearby Lake Louise, which in turn was named after the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, and the wife of John Campbell, the 9th duke of Argyll, who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883.
Lake Louise is fed by the Victoria Glacier, which you can see in the background on the two photos above, and experiences a subarctic climate. Annual snowfall averages 3.3m and winter temperatures below −50°C have been recorded. Summers consist of frosty mornings and crisp, cool days. Snow can occur in any month of the year.
Chateau Lake Louise, which is a beautiful hotel.
Our next stop was Lake Moraine just outside the village of Lake Louise, situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Being a glacially-fed lake when it is full it reflects a distinct shade of blue due to the refraction of light of the rock flour deposited on the lake on a continual basis.
That view of the mountains behind the lake in Valley of the Ten Peaks is known as the Twenty Dollar View, as Moraine Lake was featured on the reverse side of the 1969 and 1979 issues of the Canadian twenty dollar bill. A moraine is any glacially formed accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris (soil and rock), this debris may have been plucked off a valley floor as a glacier advanced or it may have fallen off the valley walls as a result of frost wedging or landslide.
Returning to the hotel we were in awe of the magnificent scenery we had witnessed and hoped that the numerous photographs we had taken would do justice to what mother nature had created. Then just to finish off the day we saw the most beautiful rainbow!