NOLA to Canadian Rockies 2018-Day 14

Steve Kinchen, Sr/ June 28, 2018/ BMW R1200RT, New Orleans to Canadian Rockies 2018, Touring/ 0 comments

Day 14

Departure Location: Jasper, BC

Time: 08:00

Weather Conditions: 52F and overcast

Daily High Temperature: 62F

Destination: Banff, BC

Daily Miles Logged: 198

Arrival Time: 18:10

States Visited: Banff, Jasper

Daily Highlights:

  • Columbia Icefields. Just as the name implies these glaciers or “fields of ice” straddle Banff National Park and Jasper National Park and they are the largest south of the Arctic Circle. They are 325 square kilometers in area and 100 to 365 meters (328 to 1,197 feet) in depth and receives up to seven meters (275 inches) of snowfall per year
  • Tangle Falls
  • Bow Lake
  • Peyto Lake Overlook / Bow Summit: The most popular glacier-fed lake, Peyto Lake is the also the most visited and photographed lake in the Canadian Rockies. During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake, and these suspended rock particles give the lake a bright, turquoise color.
  • Crowfoot Glacier

Today was to begin with a boat ride on Lake Maligine, but due to the weather forecast and the 1.5 hour trip out to the launch, we collectively decided to forego the boat trip and have a more relaxed pace to the day.  This was welcomed by everyone due to the frenetic pace we have been keeping for the past two weeks.

We set our sights on our more scenic stops of the day.  Along the way, we encountered several bears, sheep and elk near the highway’s edge.

Ben and Tami we’re riding with us for one more day before they head back towards home.  Ben was originally planning on renting a Harley in Calgary, but elected to keep the upgraded rental car that he started the week with.  Still wanting to join in on the conversation, he had a unique solution!

-content/uploads/2018/06/IMG_7601.jpg”> Ben and Elizabeth. The ladies elected to ride in the chase car during the rain and cold.


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[/caption]More wildlife making our trip exciting and very memorable:

/uploads/2018/06/IMG_7620.jpg”> Steven Jr on his GS getting a closer look at the sheep


ds/2018/06/IMG_7611.jpg”> Steven Jr patiently awaiting our next departure from our rest stop

[/caption]We headed towards the Bow Lake Summit and Peyto Lake to take in the sights.  This time, we rode up to the higher level parking area that is reserved for buses.  This provides a very short walk to the overlook which was more convenient than the 45 minute hike we had on Tuesday from the lower level and was more in line with what we were trying to accomplish today.

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As we were making our way towards the path to

As we were making our way towards the path to the overlook, I overhead some folks with a slight cajun accent proclaim that everybody from Louisiana is a trouble maker.  Then their tour bus driver, a fine Scottish fellow, started to call me a “cheeky buggar” and he asked me if I could read the signs that said that the lot was for buses.  I replied, “sorry, everyone from Louisiana is a bit of a trouble maker.”  hahahaha

06/IMG_7666.jpg”> Lake Louise

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We were not allowed in to our primary target for the afternoon, Lake Moraine, due to crowded parking, so we decided to head back to Lake Louise and try one last time on our way out.

We were not disappointed as on our way out, we were allowed in to the Moraine parking area to pay a quick visit.  This turned out to be one of the best views we had encountered in all of the Banff area.

Capping off an incredible day, we dined at a local place called The Park Distillery.  They feature a genuine gin distillery as well as a fantastic smokehouse and grill.  I ordered locally sourced fresh trout and it was absolutely the best meal of the trip!

g”> Fresh trout, broccolini, baked beans and a corn relish. I ate the trout, Jr enjoyed the beans and we shared the broccolini


> The perfect ending to a near perfect day… Ice Cream.  I had Maple Walnut and Chocolate Peanutbutter


Tomorrow is our last day in Canada as we cross the border at the Chief Mountain Hwy.  This has been an amazing trip, with so much more experienced than I can convey in the bleary-eyed minutes of the late evening knowing that another packed day of riding and exploring lies ahead.


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