3rd day of my Alberta Adventure in Area

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Today is my 3rd day of my Alberta Adventure. I am out to see the great Canadian Rockies today. I head off in the car and have to get gas. I find a gas station just a few blocks away and put in the gas. The cashier I can see through the window and is giving me this weird look. The guy is about 90 years old, maybe he has never seen anyone put gas in a car before?  I go in to pay for my gas and he says all this weird language to me, doesn't speak english and just seems like a weird guy.

Anyhow, I take off out of Calgary, Getting onto Main street is kinda odd, there are so many traffic lights here and this is part of the Trans-Canada Hwy. So I take off down the hwy finally leaving the city limits and into the country.


I can see the mountains in the distance coming closer and closer. I have some type of RAP music station playing on the radio at this time.
Finally with a flick of a switch I am now into the mountain region. The flat prairies change into mountains and I am headed to Banff National Park.

I get to the first check point and I have to pay a ten dollar park fee, all well it helps conserve the region. I make it into Banff town, the traffic is quite piled up. This place is quite amazing, so many mountains surround it. I would love to make it here in the winter one day for some down hill ski.
I finally find a place to park after circling around for 15 minutes in such a small town. I get out and walk around the town for awhile.
Banff Spring Hotel
I take a photo of the famous Banff spot people see in Magazines. I go check out some shops and things are very expensive here. I go up the hill and check out the famous Banff Springs Hotel. It is a very grand structure, all the rich and famous stay here. You should all come check it out.

It is now lunch time, So I have to find something affordable to go and eat. Well I walk down the street and find Rotten Ronny's (macdonalds) and go in. I have a traditional big mac and fries and that is my meal, so much for eating cultural.

I leave Banff behind as it is now busy and over run with tourists, time for more adventure. I leave the town and find Mount Norquay, and drive up the little road. It is a very windy road and goes right up to the very top, to an amazing view. This area is part of a ski area , be nice to check out in the winter.
This is an amazing view you can reach out and see all of Banff from here.

I head down the hwy more for a many more miles. I can see the many streams and forest and mountains on my drive. My next stop will be the famous Lake Louise. It is also a ski resort, I will stop at the hotel resort and hike around the lake to the glacier. Really nice area.
Parking was almost hard to find as the whole world seemed to have same idea and to come here. I get a spot and get out of the car ASAP.
I go up to the glacier lake and take many photos. Then I go for a long hike up the trail along that lake, I pass a big sign warning of grizzly bear in the area. Well would make the trip more interesting if I ran into one of those things.
I pass many people on my hike on this trail, going by streams and different views of the mountain.
I must go for over an hour when I am forced to stop. The rest of the trail is all covered in snow and I am not prepared to walk in snow, As I am in shorts and have no water or warmer clothes. So I am forced to head back to the hotel area. Once I hike back it is now late afternoon so its time to head back to Calgary.
I drive back and enjoy the rest of the view of this amazing area.
I arrive back to hotel and that is my adventure for the night.

This evening, I go for another supper at Hooters, just because I like the service and food I like as well. check out my review.
Then later I go to Outlaws, night club near by. I think I over did it with the beer here tonight. I drink like crazy here and before I knew it, I Was talking stupid to all the people inside. I had to go back to my hotel early and I passed out for a few hours, lol.

That was my night.

Check out my photos as It is hard to explain everything on this area. Photos say more.
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mountains
mountains
Banff Spring Hotel
Banff Spring Hotel
my rental car
my rental car
view of Banff
view of Banff
Lake Louise
Lake Louise
Lake Louise
Lake Louise
Chateau Lake Louise
Chateau Lake Louise
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photo by: Vikram