The Canadian Rockies Part II

Saskatchewan River Crossing meets the two rivers, Howse and the Mistaya. The North Saskatchewan River is one of Canada’s outstanding heritage rivers – rising in the Rockies and emptying in Lake Winnipeg, is a major west-east link across Canada facilitating exploration, trade and settlement for more than 100 years from explorers to fur traders that first travelled the area in 1807.

Saskatchewan River Crossing

Lake Louise which in turn was named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta who was the fourth daughter to the Queen Victoria (1848-1939) and the wife of John Campbell, the ninth duke of Argyll and the Governor of Canada (1878-1883).

Lake Louise

The hamlet is separated into two communities, where the main community is referred to The Village that is the lower elevation near highway 1. It has a small shopping centre which includes a park visitor centre, grocery store, bakery, deli, sporting goods store where the ski area is located. The second community is the higher elevation where the chateau Lake Louise with the gorgeous turquoise Lake Louise from the rock particles (rock flour).

The turquoise colour of the water comes from rock flour which is carried into the lake by melted water from the above glaciers that overlook the lake. The lake is surfaced of 0.8km and the water is drained to the 3km long Louise Creek into the Bow River.

Banff Springs Hotel

The Majestic Banff Springs Hotel (Fairmont) located within the town of Banff. A luxury hotel built in the 19th century located in the spectacular setting of the Rocky Mountains, just above the Bow Falls and close to the Thermal Springs. The main view from this majestic hotel is across the valley and towards Mount Rundle.

A old wise tale has this Banff springs Hotel haunted with stories suggesting a woman dressed in her wedding gown had lost her life on the staircase. As there were candles on the staircase when the bride was walking up to them when suddenly her gown caught fire and in a panic she tripped and fell down the stairs, dying from a broken neck. Where many people have reported seeing her ghost in full wedding dress, often dancing in the ballroom.


The Canadian Rockies Part I

Escaping the big city for the Rocky mountains is a sight in all of their own. I can not get enough of seeing the mountains, they are not a site for sore eyes. most gorgeous skyline in the western side of Canada to travel where you can run free and experience the great outdoors. Either way you like, take a hike, ride along the wildlife trails, get on a gondola, a horse, a helicopter. Whichever way improves your views of this world renowned hub for those that live to explore.

The Weeping wall where many waterfalls come together at once under the right condition. (Late June, July to August depending on the snow melting or rain fall of the season) I was there July 19, 2014 and there were weeping small waterfalls as this weekend it had been raining. Resembles a mountain crying a river of tears. Located on the Cirrus Mountain, the Weeping Wall tumbles more than 100 metres (330 feet) a series of waterfalls. The main fall is called Teardrop.

Weeping Wall

It is easily missed the sign to this landmark. Although The Saskatchewan River runs along the Weeping wall. So If you driving south to Banff the Weeping wall will be on your Left and if you are driving north to Jasper it will be on your right. There is a turn out point so you can safely pull off the road to watch the Weeping wall or walk along the Saskatchewan River Valley.

Saskatchewan River Valley

Next, See the vivid blue colour of Peyto lake (seasonal). The ten minute walk to the look out makes this vivid blue lake worth the hike.

Peyto Lake is a glacier fed lake and is located within Banff National Park (Rocky Mountains), easily accessed via the Icefield highway (parkway) and is named from Bill Peyto whom was an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area. During the summer, a significant number of rock flour flows into the lake and these rock particles are the reason it gives the lake a bright turquoise colour. The best spot to oversea this landmark is from Bow Summit, the highest point on the Icefield parkway.

This lake is fed by the Peyto Creek which drains water from Caldron Lake and Peyto Glacier and flows into the Mistaya River.

Peyto Lake
Peyto Lake through the eyes of Contiki

Now you have seen and learned how a lake can be fed from a glacier, now lets step onto the Glacier. One of the largest in Canada; the Columbia Icefields. It is a sight you can see in all the seasons and something to experience in the different seasons. Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall. The only way to get to the top of the Icefields is by snowcoaches (located in the far right corner of the picture below).


The Columbia Icefield is a remnant of Past ice ages. And the Glacier icefields were once as high as the mountain, to the right of the picture. About 1.5 kilometres every year, that is about 10m per year on average that the Glacier is retreating in size. Although there are some areas of the Glacier that is still 300 metres thick.