Saturday, August 29, 2017
We got a bit of a later start than we’re used to this morning. We didn’t get on the road until 7:30 a.m. We took a quick ride over to Banff’s Cave and Basin to get ready for a morning hike. Little did we know, the caves and basin around this area happened to be where Canada’s first National Park was created back in 1885. Our hike started along the Bow River.
The first half of the trail was beautiful and peaceful.
Once we got closer to Sundance Canyon, the mosquitos came out in full force. At any given point, I’d glance down and see 4+ mosquitos on each calf. Because of these nasty bugs, we picked up our pace. The falls running through the canyon were pretty, but we didn’t stop to enjoy for too long. On our way back down, we shared the trail with a pack of mules carrying goods up the trail. Two of the mules had broken loose from the pack and seemed a bit startled. The gentleman in charge got the mules back in order pretty quickly. Shortly after that, we saw a crew riding horseback up the trail. We got back to the car and headed to our next spot. Our next hike was going to be our final one for the week, Tunnel Mountain trailhead. We ate some lunch before heading up. This was a pretty steep climb, but the views were worth it. We got a beautiful view of the town of Banff and the Bow River Valley. We hung out at Banff’s most popular summit (because of the location & distance) for awhile before heading back down.
When we got to the car, we walked around the town one last time before grabbing an early dinner at a Louisiana style restaurant. We followed that up with a quick scenic drive by the Vermillion Lakes. Then it was off to Calgary for a few hours of sleep before catching an early flight. We’re staying at an Air BnB with a few others. It feels more like a dorm/hostel located in somebody’s house. One of the guys has been living here for four months, while another just arrived yesterday. We didn’t spend much time with the guys because we wanted to get packed up and try to catch a few hours of sleep before our 3:00 a.m. alarm goes off.