June 15 through 17, 2022
The drive south from Lake Louise to the town of Banff was beautiful. Note the bridges over the highway for critter traffic.
We started our visit to Banff at the Cave and Basin, the birthplace of the Canadian National Park system. There are bubbling thermal hot springs that have been a special place for Indigenous Peoples for over ten thousand years.
The high walkway above the former pool area was a great platform of photos of the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Banff has a fine bus system between the huge campgrounds and downtown, so we parked and camp into town to walk around and have an early dinner at a Mexican restaurant called Magpie and Stump.
The campground is a series of parallel extra wide roads with rigs large and small lined up along the sides. Lucee is quite content in her daybed in the back of the camper van.
On Thursday, June 16 we headed east to Calgary in anticipation of meeting up with our friends Dee and Cheryl for the adventure to Alaska. We tried a couple of campgrounds near Calgary that were not very inviting, but ended up at a very nice Lions campground in Okotoks south of Calgary, and Dee and Cheryl arrived on June 17. Doug greeted them with a nice campfire dinner.