And again in Canada. Had, once again, no problems crossing the border. Fires and smoke, unfortunately, knows no boundaries. Everything was smoky. We pass through Kootenay National Park, we witnessed active fires and the destruction that it leaves behind. Almost the whole park was closed. We were only able to choose a small hike in Marble Canyon.
We decide to go north to the Jasper National Park, a beautiful road along the glaciers. Sky was not completely clear (there was still smoke in the valleys), but it is still amazing.
In addition to the smoke, nights were very cold. The blankets from Diane were perfect. To forget the cold weather, we went to Miette Hot Springs. Just wonderful. After a couple of hours enjoying the hot water we hit the road, returning to Banff. This time the smoke, in some places, was gone and the views were just fantastic.
Although it was getting very cold at night, the whole area was packed with tourists. To see Lake Louise, you must get to the parking not latest than eight in the morning, otherwise you will not get a parking place. We spend the night at a campsite nearby, where we meet a nice couple from Salt Lake City – Fernando and Elizabeth and their dog Amy. In the next morning they presented us with hot coffee! We wait for the tent to defrost and arrived at the lake about 10 AM. There was, naturally, no parking space. The solution was to take a bus shuttle (free service) from outside town (we did not it know before). When we reach the lake, it’s was even difficult to see it! People every were. However, we managed to take some pictures of this wonderful place.
After a small tour around the lake we headed to the next park – Yoho National Park. A tiny park, comparing it to its giant’s neighbors. Smoke still hovered above us, but for consolation we were able to see a train in a very special place, the Spiral Tunnels. We saw the locomotive entering the tunnel exiting it, while the rest of the train was still entering. In total there were five locomotives – two at the front, two in the middle and one at the rear. So odd.
We are now heading towards Vancouver, crossing two more parks – Glacier and Mount Revelstoke. The fires and smoke are still with us. Not all can be perfect.