September 2, 2003--Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Banff
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After taking a few morning photos of the hotel grounds (113-117), we had a tour group photo taken in front of Lake Louise (118A) and then boarded the bus for the short trip to Banff. Along the route, we stopped at Lake Moraine in the Valley of the Ten Peaks (122-133). The water in this lake and several others we saw really is the vivid color of turquoise shown. This is caused by glacier deposits in the water
From Moraine Lake, enroute to Banff, we stopped briefly at Eisenhower Peak (134-135). According to our guide, the whole mountain at one time had been named after Eisenhower but when he stayed at the Banff Springs Hotel, he played golf and skipped a ceremony in his honor. This supposedly angered the populace to the extent that later they removed his name from the mountain and honored him with a sole peak.
Shortly thereafter, we spotted the Banff Springs Hotel in the distance (136-137) in its magnificent setting in the Bow River Valley. Along the route, we stopped at Bow Falls (138-139) and then had lunch in the charming little town of Banff (141).
Our guide had told us that helicopter tour rides in the Canadian Rockies were about half the price of those in Alaska so Vicky decided to give it a try. Photos 142-183 show the experience.
Later, back at the hotel, we took many shots of the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, our stop for the night (184-208).
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