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After crossing the continental divide we catch our first glimpse of the snow covered peaks surrounding the Bow Valley. As we round the bend, each turn produces another “wow”. Banff is nestled next to the Bow River and is surrounded by mountains, with Tunnel Mountain sitting in the heart of it all. (There is no tunnel but the name stuck when the railroad thought about putting in a tunnel.) The town is a busy place with lots of tourists and locals mingling at outdoor markets, shops and restaurants. The sights around town are picture perfect and the elk walking among the rigs at our campground makes the whole experience something I would do again!! Lake Louise met and exceeded our expectations! The water was green/turquoise, the hotel majestic on its shoreline and the view from the gondola breathtaking!!! Driving along the Bow Valley Parkway, we saw elk and a black bear. Whenever we see cars stopped by the side of the road we know to stop and look!! What a delight to watch the bear casually meander across the hillside, stopping to eat or bounce on a dead log! Johnston Canyon along Bow Valley Parkway is one of the best hikes in this part of the Rockies and some of us got up early in order to beat the crowd. The altitude got to us but the scenery was well worth the effort. The water is turquoise from the glaciers and everywhere we look, we see its beauty. There is so much beauty here in the Canadian Rockies, I just can’t put it all into words. It’s beautiful, majestic, awe-inspiring and well worth coming to see for yourselves.