Since we’ve been in the Canadian Rockies we’ve hiked well over 100 kilometers. The National Parks up here Jasper, Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay along with a few connected Provincial Parks offer almost unlimited opportunities for day hikes and backpacking. Also, unlike U.S. National Parks they don’t have rules excluding dogs from the trails so Molly has hiked all but the most difficult or bear-infested with us. After 2 weeks in the area I think we’ve started to get jaded, like, that was a great hike, but not as good as such-and-such. Really, we have become picky and want all the hikes to be as great as the best. The other day we returned to the RV after a day of hiking to see 4 grizzlies in the campground. We’d hiked probably 20 k and we were tired, as soon as we drove into the campground we see a mamma grizzly bear and 3 cubs. Unfortunately we didn’t get any pictures, my camera was in the backseat of the Jeep and I couldn’t get to it. When we got to the RV we ate dinner and Dave and I both crashed out at 8:00. Maybe we’ve just had too much excitement, but it’s time to head south I think. We’d probably kill ourselves if we lived up here, we need to spend a few days somewhere less exciting so we can rest!
More beautiful mountains.
Big horn sheep
This is Dolomite Peak. The Dolomite Pass hike in Banff National Park is by far one of the coolest hikes I’ve ever undertaken.
Lake along the Dolomite Pass hike
Glacier in Jasper National Park
Dave on top of Saddleback Peak in Banff National Park
The beautiful Lake Louise in Banff
Finally some Canadian moose in Yoho National Park
This is Tawkakka Falls in Yoho National Park. Apparently ‘tawkakka’ means magnificent in the Cree language. I can see their point!
Another beautiful view
While hiking in Yoho National Park we were doing our typical ‘bear aware’ hike, making lots of noise, we even had Molly with us. We turned a corner and this dear was just in the middle of the trail eating a bush. Boy, was it surprised to see us even with all the noise and the stinky dog. Glad it wasn’t a grizzly.
Waterfall along a hike in Johnston Canyon
Mountains at the end of the Johnston Canyon hike.
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