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  • Boat launch at Lake Minnewanka
    Boat launch at Lake Minnewanka
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    Slightly overexposed shot of Two Jack...
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    View across the lake
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    Mount Temple as seen from Herbert Lake

    by zrim Updated Jul 27, 2003

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    Mount Temple

    Again the number of interesting and beautiful mountains is overwhelming. It is hard to single out any particular mountain for praise. They are all spectacular. But I do advise taking time to pull over at less frequented spots and enjoying the scene in solitude. Yes there will be more spectacles around the next corner, but don't rush to see them--they will still be there when you arrive. Take the time to enjoy the moment at hand. Herbert Lake was one of those areas where we spent a quiet half hour away from the crowds and the bustle of more popular attractions.

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    A good look at Eisenhower Peak

    by zrim Updated Oct 7, 2003

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    Eisenhower Peak

    It really doesn't make much sense to name an entire mountain after a U.S. general who never was associated with Canada or its park system. A nice gesture I suppose, but all in all, I'm glad that Castle Mountain is once again referred to by its historical name. A peak named after Dwight D. Eisenhower will have to suffice.

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    A closeup of Bridal Veil Falls

    by zrim Updated Oct 7, 2003

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    the soothing sounds of falling water

    "Without the oxygenating breath of the forests, without the clutch of gravity and the tumbled magic of river rapids, we have no distance from our technologies, no way of assessing their limitations, no way to keep ourselves from turning into them. We need to know the textures, the rhythms and tastes of the bodily world, and to distinguish readily between such tastes and those of our own invention. Direct sensuous reality, in all its more-than-human mystery, remains the sole solid touchstone for an experiential world now inundated with electronically generated vistas and engineered plesures."

    David Abram from The Spell of the Sensuous

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    Castle Mountain

    by zrim Written Jul 26, 2003

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    Castle Mountain and Bow River

    An early morning view of Castle Mountain from the Trans-Canada Highway turnout about 20 km or so north of Banff townsite. After World War II, the mountain was renamed Mt. Eisenhower. In recent years the name has reverted back to Castle Mountain and Ike's remaining claim to fame is the southernmost point of the mountain which is known as Eisenhower Peak.

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    Bridal Veil Falls

    by zrim Written Jul 30, 2003

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    Bridal Veil Falls

    A surprise just around the corner from Sunset Pass. Bridal Veil Falls originates in an icefield atop the mountain and plummets downwards in a long narrow ribbon of water. If you stop to take a hike to get a better view of the falls, you will also see Panther Falls which has a vertical drop of 180 meters.

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    Two Jack Lake

    by Camping_Girl Written Oct 21, 2008

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    Slightly overexposed shot of Two Jack Lake...

    Two Jack Lake is accessed by Lake Minnewanka Drive. This is a really gorgeous blue lake, with 2 nice campgrounds closeby. There is also a day-use picnic area here. Two Jack Main campground is across the highway from the lake, while Two Jack Lakeside is adjacent to the lake. You will see a lot of divers in this lake as well.

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    Bridal Veil Falls

    by lazyman_1 Updated Aug 20, 2007

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    You can spot this mulit tiered waterfall directly off the icefields parkway in Jasper National Park. their are signs that mark the viewpoint and a small parking lot. worth a 5-10 minute stop to have a look.

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    Bow Valley Parkway

    by zrim Updated Jul 26, 2003

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    the Bow River

    There are two routes from Banff townsite to Lake Louise. The volume of traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 1) can be overwhelming. There are also high fences that keep the wildlife from getting close to the highway (a good thing). But Highway 1A, also known as the Bow Valley Parkway, is a great alternative to the fast moving traffic on the Trans-Canada. You must keep your speed down, generally around 60 km/p/h, but the chances of seeing wildlife are very good and there are many pullouts where you can just marvel at the scenery.

    Lake Louise is a good 40 km or so from Banff and it will take a good hour to get to Lake Louise using the Bow Valley Parkway. We traveled this road eleven times and found wildlife ten of those times. A pretty good return on the time spent I'd say.

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    Return to Bow Valley Parkway

    by zrim Written Jul 26, 2003

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    Mt. Ball seen through a gap in the forest

    It is one of the premiere drives in the world for both scenery and wildlife. We returned again and again to the Bow Valley Parkway as we headed off to places such as Kootenay National Park, Yoho National Park, Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway. In all, we drove the Bow Valley Parkway eleven times. And each time it was a joy.

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    Another Look at Castle Mountain

    by zrim Written Jul 26, 2003

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    Castle Mountain

    Castle Mountain seems to be a shape shifter. Everytime I looked at it it was different. Sometimes it was dark and mysterious. Other times it reflected the sunlight in brilliant hues of yellow and orange as if it were a rock formation from southern Utah.

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    Don't skip Herbert Lake

    by zrim Written Jul 27, 2003

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    the calm waters of Herbert Lake

    The first turnoff after commencing the Icefields Parkway. This is a classic example of a moraine lake formed as the glaciers retreated after the last ice age. A moraine is a natural dam that forms across a valley. Water then collects behind the dam forming a shallow lake. This is a peaceful spot that is not frequented by many tourists or tour buses that are in too much of a hurry to get to the icefields.

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    Crowfoot Glacier

    by zrim Updated Jul 29, 2004

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    Crowfoot Glacier

    One of the most dramatic scenes along the Icefields Parkway. The Crowfoot Glacier is spectacular but it is a glacier bent on a hasty retreat. Fifty years ago the galcier's "claws" extended to the base of the mountain. All of the glaciers in Banff and Jasper are retreating. No one knows when climatic conditions will end the retreat, but they have steadily given ground over the past four hundred years which was when the last mini ice-age ended.

    To be honest, and this may be a tad selfish on my part, I'm in no hurry for the next mini ice-age. When I am firmly ensconced in my retirement home in Polynesia--then the next ice age can commence.

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    Very few people at Stewart Canyon

    by scottishvisitor Written Aug 10, 2005

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    Stewart Canyon

    After a short hike from Lake Minniwaka you come to Stewart Canyon - it was lovely & peaceful standing on the bridge watching the great river as it meandered its was through the canyon it had carved so many years before.

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    Bow Valley Parkway

    by lhe Updated Sep 3, 2004

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    Bow River and Canadian Pacific Railway

    The Bow Valley Parkway is an alternative route to Lake Louise from Banff. Main attractions on this road include Johnston Canyon and Castle Mountain. The road is generally less crowded than Highway 1 but it is more popular with cyclists.

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    Enormous amount of snow on White Pyramid.

    by Waalewiener Written Jun 22, 2003

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    Close up White Pyramid.

    I think it is impressive to see the close up of the Snow and Ice of White Pyramid Mountain.
    I cannot believe that snow has not fallen down yet , and if and when it does ,watch out , don't be underneath it.

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