Lake Louise, to me, is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It has a beautiful view of the glacier on the opposite end of the lake. On either side, the mountains seem to cradle the glacier, thus creating a natural frame for a beautiful scene.
With the morning gong show behind us, we pulled into the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for our lunch reservation. We had to pre-order our food on the first morning of our bus tour. I had chosen beef. It wasn’t steak, but when in Alberta, you just have to have beef. That was my thinking.
Banff is not a very large town. It sits within the much larger Banff National Park. The town limits are set and are not allowed to expand beyond its current limits, lest it creeps into the national park.
We had finished our afternoon of touristy cliches, we were left to our own devices to for the whole evening. The stores along Banff Avenue would be closing up soon. It was a Sunday evening, so we had to work quick if we were to get a little window/real shopping in for the day.
I’ve been to Banff many times in the past. Having been born in Alberta, my family used to make day trips from a small town outside of Edmonton to Banff. This time, with the bus tour, we were here to do some touristy stuff – the Sulphur Mountain Gondola and the Upper Banff Hot Springs. Hooray for touristy clichés!
We had crossed the British Columbia-Alberta border before noon time. We had witnessed the rivers change from flowing westward to the Pacific Ocean to flowing eastward to Hudson’s Bay. We moseyed into Banff soon after. Before we headed for all the touristy attractions, we needed to grab food. If you guessed Chinese food (again), you’d be right.
Here’s the last of my Edmonton LRT posts from July 2013. (It’s amazing how far behind I am on posting things, but things are too busy to do photos and blog everyday). This post covers the construction of the new Edmonton North LRT. It’s currently the North LRT, but it will eventually be called the Metro Line once everything is finished. The North LRT currently … Continue reading Edmonton North LRT – Under Construction
After the Health Sciences Station at the University of Alberta, the Edmonton LRT continues south along 114 Street. The next stop is McKernan Belgravia. It’s a small, unassuming station near 76 Avenue. The largest landmark around here is the McKernan School across the street. Photographically, what interested me was the underground pedestrian/bicycle passage way and the ramps on either side. Further south along 114th Street … Continue reading Edmonton LRT – South LRT
The downtown Edmonton LRT stations are currently all underground. It starts at Churchill Station in the east. Churchill is right under the Sir Winston Churchill Square which is home to festivals every weekend in the summer. It’s also right by Edmonton City Hall. The LRT then swings straight westward underneath Jasper Avenue. 3 stations sit underneath Jasper Avenue. From east to west the stations are … Continue reading Edmonton LRT – Downtown and University of Alberta
I was up in Edmonton back in July. I was up there for about a week or so. On days that I had to myself, I made it my goal to ride the Edmonton LRT. Previously, I never really had a chance to try it, so I was bent on doing so this time. Being a transit geek, this was only natural for me. My … Continue reading Edmonton LRT – the Northeast
Where else in the world can you try a Cowboy Sundae, but at the Greatest Show on Earth – the Calgary Stampede. It’s been a year since last year’s giant 100th anniversary bash. The 2013 edition runs from July 5 – 14th this year. 2012 was the first time I had ever been to the Calgary Stampede. Even though I lived in Alberta for many … Continue reading Memories of the 2012 Calgary Stampede
Attention train/transportation/transit fans: There’s a great streetcar ride available in Edmonton, Alberta. Coming from Vancouver, I have enjoyed our own local historic streetcar. Unfortunately for 2012, the Transit Museum Society didn’t run the streetcar. However, the Edmonton Radial Railway Society seems to be fairly robust with at least 3 streetcars in their rolling stock and trams that run daily during the summer. First off, we … Continue reading Edmonton High Level Streetcar