Thursday 4th June
The morning dawned to much the same weather as last night. Cold and wet.
We drove to Field our first stop where we picnicked on sandwiches made earlier. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field,_British_Columbia We sat in the car and ate as it was too wet to sit at a bench table.
Field is famous, well at least well known, ahem, well amongst some people, it is known for several things. One of those was the discovery and on going research into fossilized remains discovered in 1909 in shale on the peaks high above the town. I was taken by the great display at the local information centre. Considering the fossils are of marine creatures who died on the sea floor 500 million years ago and their remains are embedded in shale near the tops of mountains.
The closer we got to Lake Louise the better the weather. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Louise,_Alberta Newly weds Simone and Lazar arranged through a friend for us to have a night at the exclusive Deer Lodge at Lake Louise.
Thank you again Simone and Lazar for looking after us and anticipating what we wanted to see. After booking in to the Deer Lodge we went to Lake Louise to ooh and aah with the other tourists.
Hmmm! Note to self. Come back in the morning at sunrise for better photo opportunities and before the breeze ruffles the surface of the water. The scenery here has a backdrop of snow covered mountains in every direction. The giant hotel known as Chateau Lake Louise is a tourist attraction in itself. Built in 1911 with one wing burned down in 1924. It is owned by the Fairmont Group who also own the hotel in Calgary where we attended a wedding last week. Lake Louise is divided into three parts. The lake itself with the Chateau, Deer Lodge and a few other accommodation houses but no permanent residences. The village which sits on the Trans Canada Highway is the commercial hub with shops, garages and tourist information building. The third part is the Ski Resort and Chair lift and gondola.
We drove to Moraine Lake http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moraine_Lake but the rain came just as I was ready to enjoy the walks. I only managed to take two photos before we had to run for shelter. Instead we bought supplies at the local market and drove 27 Klms towards Jasper in the off chance we would catch Errol, Nicole and the grandchildren who expected to camp at Mosquito Creek Campground. http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/camping/mosquito.aspx We knew they planned to camp here tonight but they did not know when they would arrive as they had also planned to visit the Athabasca Icefields today. Amazingly as we drove through the campground and were on the verge of leaving, they arrived in their rented motorhome. This campground is set in a stunning mountain view location beside umm err Mosquito Creek in the Icefield section of the Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains.
We had a great visit and a barbecue with a beer or two.
By 10 pm the sun still had not set so it was time to head back to the lodge.
It has been a long day and bed was beckoning.
Tags: Athabasca Icefields, Banff National Park, Chateau Lake Louise, Deer Lodge, Field BC, Jasper, Lake Louise, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Chair Lift, Moraine Lake, Mosquito Creek Campground, Trans Canada Highway