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Old May 18th, 2010, 01:53 AM   #1
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Calgary, Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park

As a continuation of my Vancouver thread:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1132459


I've got a mix of urban and non urban photos here, so I hope I can combine them and that this is in the proper section.


Leaving Vancouver en route to Calgary.

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Within a one hour flight you go from this:

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The Rocky Mountains can be seen in the background, towards the west.

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The Calgary Tower.

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The view from the top:

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The Bow, designed by Norman Foster, soon to be Calgary's tallest building.

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I didn't spend a lot of time in Calgary since I had to rent a car to drive out to Banff, which is about a one and a half hour drive west from the city. Banff is one of the most popular destinations in Canada because of its setting within the Rocky Mountains.

The drive on the Trans Canada Highway is mainly flat until you approach the mountains.

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The first stop in Banff is Bow Falls. The Bow River is the same river which runs through Calgary. Snow is on the ground still in the middle of May, it is not unheard of to get snow even into the Summer months.

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The Summer months are usually very busy with tourists. The town explodes in population from about 6,000 to 30,000 every Summer due to the amount of tourists from both the U.S. and overseas.

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The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the town.

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Banff Avenue, the main street in the town full of shops and restaurants.

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Driving on the Bow Valley Parkway, a more scenic alternative to the Trans Canada Highway. This is going northwest to Johnston Canyon.

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Grizzly Bears are very heavily populated in Banff National Park. I couldn't get too close to this one as there have been a few attacks recently, as they are just getting out of hibernation and hunting for food.

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The Icefields Parkway takes you north to Jasper, Alberta, and also to the world renowned Lake Louise.

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This is Lake Louise, still frozen from the Winter.

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Back on the Icefields Parkway.

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This walk may be familiar for a few people because it leads you to one of the best vantage points in the country.

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To give an idea of how much snow there was, about a metre. Keep in mind, this was last week!

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This is Bow Summit, which offers a breathtaking view onto the Peyto Glacier and Lake Peyto.

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Going back south on the Icefields Parkway is Bow Lake. Many tourists have personalized their messages in the snow.

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This is one of several wildlife crossings on the Trans Canada Highway. They are built to prevent animals from darting across traffic. They have been a success, decreasing animal deaths, and many more are being constructed.

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Downtown Banff is still prone to animal sightings despite the human activity.

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Going up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff gondola. The elevation is 2,451 metres and it takes 8 minutes to reach the top.

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Looking down on the town of Banff.

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The Bow River and the Banff Springs Hotel can be seen.

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Back on solid ground is the lookout to Mount Rundle.

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Just northeast of Banff is Two Jack Lake.

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Next to that lake is Lake Minnewanka.

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Mountain Sheep frequent the area.

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Banff Avenue once again.

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Hot Springs with healing waters.

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Johnson Lake, also near Banff.

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Back to Two Jack Lake. It's not as reflective this time around since the water is more rough.

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I hope you enjoyed! Visit my flickr page in my signature to view the complete set of Calgary and Banff National Park, plus Vancouver.
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Old May 18th, 2010, 07:06 AM   #2
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frustrating that 50 ppl have viewed this and none of them bothered to say a good word, isn't it?

great photos!
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Old May 18th, 2010, 07:32 AM   #3
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Absolutely beautiful. I think this thread just might have inspired me to visit Banff sometime this summer .
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Old May 18th, 2010, 08:37 AM   #4
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All i can say is amazing, amazing, and amazing!
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Old May 18th, 2010, 12:18 PM   #5
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Looks like paradise.
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Old May 18th, 2010, 01:00 PM   #6
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stunningly beautiful!!
we once chartered a bus to Calgary one summer and the views are really exhilarating.
too bad the driver didn't take us to Banff.
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Old May 18th, 2010, 07:31 PM   #7
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Awesome aerial photo of the city of Vancouver
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Old May 19th, 2010, 04:33 AM   #8
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OMG, think I've never seen such a beautiful place before, really inspiring!. Congratulation, amazing pictures of an amazing place!
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Old May 19th, 2010, 05:53 AM   #9
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AMAZING!!!

In 2005, I spent a month in Vancouver and I had the opportunity to visit Calgary and Banff... I gave up because it was winter and probably I could not enjoy as much as I would like... But I regret not visiting these amazing places... Calgary is a nice city, but Banff and its natural surrounding are stunning, one of the most beautiful places in the world, no doubt about it...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos! As I said, these places are gorgeous, but I can not deny that your photos were very well taken!

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