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The best time to review summer vacation photos is when the weather turns to grey days and wet mornings. Part of my holiday was spent in Banff National Park, Alberta.
The town of Banff has grown and grown over the years to stretch beyond a size that retains the nature loving atmosphere of years gone by. For greater quiet, try Lake Louise Village about 45 minutes west.
The climb of about 1000 vertical metres adding to the 1600m(5200 ft) elevation at Lake Louise left me gasping. I'm a sea level dweller normally and the drop in oxygen really made a difference.
If you decide to take the trail to the Tea House, pace yourself. Don't rush, the scenery will wait for you. You don't need heavy duty hikers, but something with a firm foot bed will be welcome as you negotiate rocks and, as you descend your tired feet will thank you. Take more water than you think you'll need. Take a couple of energy bars. Take sunscreen and use it. The sun is very strong at this elevation. Wear a hat. Plan for rain and be glad for clear weather.
The trail can get quite heavily used. Start as early as you can. Many people only hike a short distance and find the switchbacks too much for them and they turn back. You share part of the trail with rental horses. They have the right of way. Stand back to the mountain and don't make big movements to startle them.
For those with younger legs and fitter bodies, there are many back-country hikes that you can take that will take you far from the madding crowds. For those trips, be sure to do your research. Remember to always respect Mother Nature.
Why is Lake Louise that strange colour? It's suspended 'rock flour'. As the glaciers slowly grind the Rockies away, meltwater rushes into the lake carrying the tiny rock particles.