Canadian Rockies - Photos in Banff and Yoho

by Greg Blaney August. 16, 2018 920 views

Recently, I went with a friend to the Canadian Rockies. Our intention was to backpack to remote locations but an injury prevented that. So, instead we did a bit of the tourist thing and took in some sites that one can drive to. Apparently, everyone else chose to drive to the same spots and we found ourselves way more inundated with people than we wanted. Regardless, it was still beautiful (which is why there are so many people at these places, I suppose). The latter part of our trip did include some solitude as we were fortune enough to get a reservation at the Lake O'Hara camp (which you can't drive to - gotta have the reservation and then take a bumpy 20 minute bus ride). From that camp, we were able to do some day hikes into an exceptional area. Here are select photos from the trip. Click on individual photos for a larger view.

We drove to Sunshine Village Ski Resort near the town of Banff and took a chairlift to the top of a hill. We were originally set to start our backpack hike from here but just did the lift. Here is a panorama of the view from the top.

We drove to Sunshine Village Ski Resort near the town of Banff and took a chairlift to the top of a hill. We were originally set to start our backpack hike from here but just did the lift. Here is a panorama of the view from the top.

There were hundreds of these plants growing on the hillside at Sunshine. I didn’t know what they were but was fascinated by them. The morning dew formed artistic droplets on the fronds. It turns out that the plant is called a mountain anemone.

There were hundreds of these plants growing on the hillside at Sunshine. I didn’t know what they were but was fascinated by them. The morning dew formed artistic droplets on the fronds. It turns out that the plant is called a mountain anemone.

Very close to Banff township is a beautiful drive alongside the Vermillion Lakes. I managed to grab this image as a couple of young cyclists enjoyed the view and a picnic on a dock. Mount Rundle in the background.

Very close to Banff township is a beautiful drive alongside the Vermillion Lakes. I managed to grab this image as a couple of young cyclists enjoyed the view and a picnic on a dock. Mount Rundle in the background.

We drove along a secondary road and eluded the crowds somewhat at a pull-off. The mountains surrounding us were very rugged, as illustrated in this B&W photo. It’s appropriately called the ‘Sawback Range'.

We drove along a secondary road and eluded the crowds somewhat at a pull-off. The mountains surrounding us were very rugged, as illustrated in this B&W photo. It’s appropriately called the ‘Sawback Range'.

While sitting at the picnic table in our Lake Louise campground one night, a moth landed on our lamp. Obviously attracted by the bright light, it was pure luck that the lamp had an LED bulb thus prevented the bug from being fried on impact.

While sitting at the picnic table in our Lake Louise campground one night, a moth landed on our lamp. Obviously attracted by the bright light, it was pure luck that the lamp had an LED bulb thus prevented the bug from being fried on impact.

Takakkaw Falls is 380m (1246ft) from top to bottom, with a brief stop near the top where it bounces out and does a free fall to the bottom. You can get a sense of how big it is by locating the people at the bottom of the falls (one in red and one in blue, still in the trees to the left of the river)

Takakkaw Falls is 380m (1246ft) from top to bottom, with a brief stop near the top where it bounces out and does a free fall to the bottom. You can get a sense of how big it is by locating the people at the bottom of the falls (one in red and one in blue, still in the trees to the left of the river)

Mike near the falls.

Mike near the falls.

This is Lake Oesa near our camp at Lake O’Hara. It was about a 4 km hike one way and mostly uphill – but it was worth it.

This is Lake Oesa near our camp at Lake O’Hara. It was about a 4 km hike one way and mostly uphill – but it was worth it.

Me enjoying the view of Lake Oesa and Ringrose Peak. I’m also enjoying a well deserved drink of water.

Me enjoying the view of Lake Oesa and Ringrose Peak. I’m also enjoying a well deserved drink of water.

Mike, Lake Oesa and Glacier Peak.

Mike, Lake Oesa and Glacier Peak.

The morning stillness of Lake O’Hara reflects Mount Shaffer.

The morning stillness of Lake O’Hara reflects Mount Shaffer.

On day two I took a solo hike past Lake O’Hara and up to Opabin Plateau. This is looking back across the valley to Vanguard Mountain (left) and Wiwaxy Peaks.

On day two I took a solo hike past Lake O’Hara and up to Opabin Plateau. This is looking back across the valley to Vanguard Mountain (left) and Wiwaxy Peaks.

What a spectacular view from the Opabin Prospect. Vanguard Mountain in the distance, Wiwaxy Peaks on the right with Lake O’Hara (right) and Mary Lake below. I worked up a bit of sweat getting there, as you can see from my back.

What a spectacular view from the Opabin Prospect. Vanguard Mountain in the distance, Wiwaxy Peaks on the right with Lake O’Hara (right) and Mary Lake below. I worked up a bit of sweat getting there, as you can see from my back.

Opabin Lake with Mount Biddle on the right, Opabin Pass in the middle (middle rhymes with Biddle ;-)

Opabin Lake with Mount Biddle on the right, Opabin Pass in the middle (middle rhymes with Biddle ;-)

The view from a bluff above Opabin Lake. If you look closely, you can see a group of hikers on the trail below.

The view from a bluff above Opabin Lake. If you look closely, you can see a group of hikers on the trail below.

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Heike 1 year, 2 months ago

Stunning pictures and spectacular landscape, Greg. I'm really in love with this landscape. Canada must be so beautiful. It's definitely on my bucket list ! (I would like to go there immediately smile)

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Greg Blaney Replied to Heike 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks Heike. It is beautiful but we got lucky with the weather. As you know, mountain weather can be very unpredictable. And there are so many forest fires (almost 600) in British Columbia (Canada's most westerly province) right now that the smoke drifting from them has smothered most of the views of the mountains.

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Greg Blaney Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank-you Andi. It is a gorgeous part of the world. ---Greg---

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