Driving from Lake Louise to Banff we stopped at Emerald Lake and Natural Bridge before arriving in Banff.
Natural Arch is where the water thunders through a narrow crevice and has worn a hole through the rocks making a natural arch. The water swirled and cascaded on through a small canyon. It was hard to capture the boiling water and the noise in a photo. The trees that are brown are dying from an infestation of pine beetle. Authorities are unable to control it.
We arrived in Banff too early for check in so we went on the gondola up Sulphur Mountain which looms over the town of Banff.
When the wind blew the gondola rocked. I'm pretending to be scared. I used to be scared in Switzerland but now I have got used to them...sort of.
At the top we could walk across to the neighbouring peak. We got half way and decided there were too many steps even though Bill's sore foot was almost better.
So we looked at the glorious views down all sides of the mountain and watched the Golden Manteled Ground Squirrels romping around.
Then it was time to go down. Yep right down there. Yoohoo what fun!
We could see the town of Banff and .......
....our amazing hotel. The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
We bumped into other members of our group in town and had lunch together before our anticipated arrival at the hotel.