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Canadian Rockies – Day Four – the road to Banff


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Percheron horses at the Ranch-Bar-U

It’s hard to keep track of the days when you are on a tour, but I know day four was Sunday. We left Waterton heading for Banff through the Kananaskis Valley.

We stopped at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site to admire the Percheron horses.canadian rockies

It was a very smoky day and we had 236 miles (380km) to travel. A lot of the scenery looked like this with bales of hay scattered around fields.

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As we came nearer to Banff the scenery changed to more mountainous views. But still extremely smoky. Only with RAW images and Lightroom was I able to see any kind of detail and color in the photos.

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We didn’t make a lot of stops so these were taken through the bus window which is why the foregrounds are fuzzy.

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But you get the general idea of how rugged the territory was.

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We rode the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. The summit is 7486 feet (2281m) above sea level. The highest point in Los Angeles County is Mount Baldy (Mount San Antonio) at 10,064 feet (3,068 m). So I wasn’t too impressed but a good height nevertheless.

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Too bad there was no view. I had to work really hard in Lightroom to get any kind of details to show.

10,064 ft (3,068 m)

But this gentleman seemed to be enjoying the view of the smoke!

We watched a 15-minute video that showed us the spectacular scenery we SHOULD have been seeing!

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There was a nice wooden trail out to the next peak but I wasn’t about to test the limits of my vertigo to see smoke and more smoke.

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Our hotel for the next two nights was nothing spectacular but we were centrally located in the town of Banff. canadian rockies

For me this was the most disappointing day. It reminded me of the 70s and 80s in LA when the smog was so bad in the summer I couldn’t even drive. I didn’t need to pay good money to be reminded of that.

But I did enjoy a wonderful Louisiana catfish dinner at Tooloulou’s restaurant in downtown Banff. That was the highlight for me. I don’t think my friends were that excited.





Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

17 thoughts on “Canadian Rockies – Day Four – the road to Banff

  1. I feel so bad for the fire victims in California. Completely understand why you don’t want the smoke. Smog in Las Vegas is better and worse, depending on the season. 2013 saw the big fire near Mount Charleston, the smoke! Your photos still look good, wish I knew how to use these more advanced photo applications that you use, mine are rather basic. 😎

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    • My last corporate job before retiring I lied on the interview that I could use Photoshop so I taught myself on the job! After I was retired and Lightroom came along, it sat on my computer for a whole year as I was so intimidated by it. It was the complete antithesis to Photoshop. One day i got out of bed and decided I wasn’t going to sleep again until I learned how to use it. By the end of the day I had a pretty good working knowledge and haven’t looked back. I use Lightroom for 95% of photo processing and 5% Photoshop to get a decent picture. Now I’m playing around more in Photoshop to get more artsy effects.
      The smoke was really bad in Canada, 500 wildfires! I felt really sorry for the animals who have nowhere to go.

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  2. Sorry to hear about all of the smoke, Roslyn. Banff looks like such a quaint little town. Thanks for sharing your photos!


  3. Some of those photos look like old timey post cards! That is a compliment. I wanted to caption the photo on top of the wagon: “My first car”>


  4. How gorgeous photos You presented. Thank You. Happy new week.


  5. Roslyn, the valley and prairie shots remind me of my home town (Eastern Oregon), and then for Banff, there is only one description which your photos prove to be true: heavenly. 🙂 I was back in the States in August, the Seattle area, and the smoke was horrible there…but still beautiful. Wish you a great week.


    • When I traveled around Oregon a couple of years ago I was surprised to see how prairie-like parts of Oregon were… not what I was expecting. There was still beauty through the smoke and sometimes because of it!


  6. Hi Roslyn, I enjoyed your post very much since we were just there in August. Unfortunately, we only had a couple of clear days and most of the trip the days were too smoky to enjoy or see anything. It was almost comical when we got to the top of the gondola…visibility zero.


    • We were there Aug 16 thru 24. I was told that the smoke was only going to get worse in the next couple of weeks so maybe we were lucky after all. But I was disappointed not to see the view at the top of the gondola ride. That was supposed to be one of the highlights of the trip.

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      • We were there the week before and it was getting progressively worse. When we drove through the Rockies toward Kamloops, it was rather frightening looking how hazy everything was.


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