Our best and prettiest hikes - not in the order we did them.
Welcome to Canmore! At our favorite, Murietta's.
Arriving in Lake Louise, a light cloud cover which was soon to disappear. Our hiking destination is the "bowl" or "Cirque" in the mountains on the right.
Fresh powder on the trees around Lake Louise.
Lake Louise from the outflow creek next to The Chateau. Victoria Glacier and the Plain of Six Glaciers is in the distance across the lake.
A winter wonderland with a recent snowfall.
The Chateau Lake Louise surrounded by snow covered trees.
Multiple ice skating "rinks" are maintained on Lake Louise.
Every year, an ice castle is built on the lake in front of the Chateau.
Ready for a hike. Our distination is almost directly over Ginny's head in the "V" next to The Big Bee Hive. Lake Agnes and its tea house is there, 4 km away and 400 meters up.
Mirror Lake and the Big Bee Hive, about 2/3 of the way up to Lake Agnes which is just to the right of the Bee Hive, hidden behind the trees.
Deep, fresh snow along the trail, but there had been enough traffic ahead of us that we didn't have to break trail.
Looking out over the valley, Fairview Mountain is across the way and Lake Louise is below, hidden behind the trees.
Still going up, with the Big Bee Hive ahead.
Lake Agnes and its Tea House (closed in winter). Very little sun gets here during the winter due to the mountains and the Big Bee Hive which surround the lake. Few people get up here either. As best we could tell, we were the first up this day.
A short, steep, but relatively easy trail within the town of Banff. Oddly enough, there is no tunnel in Tunnel Mountain! There was going to be when they built the railroad, but then decided to route the tracks around the mountain instead!
Tunnel Mountain sits ahead over some strategically placed chairs along Tunnel Mountain Road.
The Bow River valley and the town of Banff from near the top of Tunnel Mountain.
At the top of the "front side" of Tunnel Mountain, overlooking the town of Banff.
From the "back side", a view of Mt. Rundle and the Banff Springs golf course.
Another set of strategically placed chairs, but these are full of snow!
From the top of Tunnel Mountain.
Banff and the Bow Valley from the top of Tunnel Mountain.
A short 3 km walk around scenic Johnson Lake near the town of Banff.
Looking over the lake at Cascade Mountain.
Looking across Johnson Lake at mountains in the Vermillion Range.
From the outflow creek at the western end of Johnson Lake.
Two Jack Lake with Mt. Rundle in the distance on the right.
The backside of Mt. Rundle over Two Jack Lake.
A mix of sun and clouds for our hike to one of our favorites, Chester Lake.
A dedicated snow shoe trail to Chester Lake.
Crossing the large meadow leading to Chester Lake which sits in the bowl, just a little right of center above.
At the "Elephant Rocks", a short hike above Chester Lake.
Heading Back down to Chester Lake.
It clouded back over and got windy and colder.