The Rockies in the U. S. are higher than those in Canada; however, the Canadian Rockies look higher because the glaciers carved the valleys deeper. Bow Summit, with its view of Lake Peyto, gives a sense of the path the Peyto Glacier took.
The cloudy, teal color of the lake water results from light on rock flour–small grains of rock scraped by the moving glacier. The teal color is more vivid on some days than others.
At Moraine Lake, the rock pile that created the lake can be climbed–and several members of the tour did.
Wild life is a fun feature when out in nature. We had a couple sitings of Big Horn Sheep families.
The driver stopped the bus, but there wasn’t time to get out. We also saw a couple bear and a bison herd. Some group members, while walking through town, saw a black bear eating berries about ten feet away. A little close for their comfort, but the bear seemed not to notice them and just kept eating.
At the entrance to Banff is a bridge made from rock smoothed by the glacial river.
Also at Banff was the Cave and Basin Hot Springs.
No longer is it open for bathing. There are endangered snails that live there that would be harmed by the pH change from even dipping hands in the water. Because of the temperature of water from the hot springs, there are some tropical fish up in the cold Rockies.
The days in Banff and Jasper areas included lectures and field trips, Ben Gadd in Banff and Kirsten Schmitten in Jasper. From Jasper we took the Rocky Mountaineer train to Vancouver–those photos are yet to be sorted out.
One more mountain view.