mountains of Banff

It was a hot, dry, summer in Western Canada, and as a result there were a lot of forest fires.  Prior to our camping trip to Banff in August, it had been so smoky that the highway between Banff, and Radium, British Columbia had been closed.  We camped for four days and had spectacular weather for three of those days.

Castle Mountain

Castle Mountain

Cascade Mountain

Cascade Mountain

walking by the Bow

Walking by the Bow River

It was very smoky on on our last full day in Banff.  Mount Rundle on a clear day…

Rundle on a clear day

And on a smoky day….

Rundle on a smoky day

Made for an interesting sunset…

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Canada 150 – My Beautiful Country

Summer in Canada to me means going somewhere and seeing some of my beautiful country.  Canada is such a wonderfully diverse country and I appreciate it all…prairies, mountains, ocean, and our cities, too. I’ve only been as far east as Quebec City, and would love to see the east coast of Canada someday.

Summer Solstice, English Bay, Vancouver 2013

Summer Solstice 2013 2

Quebec City, 2010 (wow, seven years ago already!)

 

Banff (these pictures are from 2014)

Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, June, 2013

Seaplane Perspective

Prince Rupert to Hartley Bay in a seaplane

Bishop Bay Hot Springs in the Great Bear Rainforest

Bishop Bay Hot Springs Sparkle 3

Near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, July 2016

summer storm

into-the-storm

Prince Albert National Park, June 2016

Prince Albert National Park sunset - June 2016-2

Near Mankota, Saskatchewan, September 2016

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stopping on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway to take pictures of wildlife

Since it’s always good to have something to aim for, I have a list in my head of things I’d like to take pictures of.  I like animals, so there are a lot of animals on that list. Whenever I’m in the mountains, I’m on the lookout for mountain goats. They were elusive in Jasper and Banff two years ago (so I bought a mountain goat art print in Jasper instead). This year on my camping trip with my parents, we saw some off the highway a few times, but it was never in a place that was safe to stop on the side of the road, until we saw one near Field, BC.  Granted it was across the busy four lane Trans-Canada Highway so shots had to be timed between big semis passing by, but sometimes you can’t be picky and just have to make the best of it.

mountain goat near Field, BC 2

At least, it wasn’t like the only time we saw a black bear in Banff on this trip (there were many bear warnings in Banff this summer so it was a bit odd this was the only one we saw).  We stopped on the side of the road, along with about a hundred other tourists – and yes, of course, you’re not supposed to stop on the side of the road to take pictures of wildlife, but try telling that to a tourist who just wants a picture! 🙂  Anyway, there was a black bear on the other side of a fence in some bush and a crowd had formed on the edge of the highway – there were so many tourists jockeying for position, that I had to put my elbows out to protect mine (I’m not particularly proud of that, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!). At least I didn’t try to take a selfie with the bear in the background!!

side of the road black bear

Next on the list…owls.

Sulphur Mountain

Pretty drive up Sulphur Mountain to see if the Banff Upper Hot Springs were re-opened (they weren’t).  I really like the way the clouds and the trees look in this picture.  As a travel tip, there is a nice hotel called the Rimrock Resort Hotel across from the Hot Springs.  I got a really good deal on Expedia there a few years ago at Easter and enjoyed being so close to the Hot Springs.