anada has many sightseeing spots like Vancouver,Rocky Mountains,
Niagara Falls,and so on.This report is written about Rocky Mountains
where we can go after staying in Banff.
In Canada,we are fined less than $C2,000 when we drink or smoke in public.
Cars are absolutely necessary,but we don't have to have the safety check on
the car so can see the very old car which I doubt can be driven.
The voltage in Canada is 110[V] and the frequency is 60[Hz],and
there is six Canadian Standard Times.
They have the custom to chip from 10% to 15% of a charge for haveing
a meal or using a taxi.
We can stay in Banff to go to see the signt of Rocky Mountains like
Lake Louise and Canmore.
Sun sets lately so we can receive the sunlight from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m..
The left picture shows the Banff Downtown.
It is cool in summer in Banff to the extent that we feel cold in
a short-sleeved shirt.
We can see many stylish boutiques and restaurants with the Cascade
Mountain in the background.
There were a lot of souvenir shops,and most of them had maple syrups
which is famous in Canada.
A maple cookie which I ate is moderately sweet and good,so I bought.
Dream Catchers made by the native Indians were what Takako Tokiwa
had presented to Takuya Kimura in the Drama-beautiful life.
I bought it too.
The right picture shows the Cascade Plaza which has
many boutiques.A shop there reduced the price of a short-sleeved shirt
by 60% because we were cold in a short-sleeved shirt in Banff in September,
so I bought it.
By the way the price at Pika Village is the least expensive of
any of the shops in Banff-Downtown and a duty-free shop in the airport.
We can have a Japanese meal,Chinese meal,French meal,Italian meal,
fastfood,and so on in this town.
The evaluation of Japanese meals in a foreign country was
Tenpura-very good,sushi-good,sukiyaki-good,hakumai-very good in my
judgement.It was light at 6:30 p.m. as you can see from these pictures.
To my surprise,Japanese travelers and clerks were seen in this
town.It seems that Japanese likes sightseeing and big-name brands.
I thought it is not necessary to speak Japanese.
We can enjoy Cruising,Horseback Riding,Rafting,Fishing,and so on in The
Lake Louise-The Icefields
We could see some lakes and icefields on the way to Columbia Icefield
from Banff.Columbia Icefield is 200km from Banff and we can also travel
in a rented car.
The left picture shows Lake Louise.
Lake Louise is also the base of sightseeing the Rocky Mountains.
There is a big hotel near the lake and that scenery is so beautiful.
However,we can't go shopping enough.We can enjoy a shopping in Banff
and a sightseeing at Lake Louise.
The water I bought in that hotel was very expensive.
Two ninety nine....Surely I paid $C3.
In Turkey,a bottle of water is 20yen(about 25cent).
The right picture taken at the Observation Peak which is 3,000 meters
above shows Peyto Lake.
This lake is so beautiful but I'm sorry I can't show you only in this
picture.However you can see the water shining in blue.
That is why:Water leaving the glacier is muddy with rocks,gravel
and silt.As the stream slows down most of that rubble is left behind to
become delta.Silt flows into the icy water where most of it sinks to
the bottom.Fine particles of rock ground to the texture of baking flour
remain suspended in the water.This "rock flour" scatters the
blue-green rays of light,giving the lake its special colour.
In Canada,a license is necessary to fish and rare fish must
be released,and we can't take more than three trout.
We can't get a salmon in this area because of its high position.
It is said that a salmon can go up to an altitude of 1,000m.
The left picture shows the Bridal Falls and it is said
we can get married if we take a picture of it in the background.
Around here we can see a lot of spots which are named with interesting names.
For example,the Crowfoot Glacier which is the shape of crow-foot,
the Castle Mountain,the Weeping Wall where we can hear
a woman weeping,and so on.
I took a picture at this place not knowing that.
When will I marry!?
The right picture shows the Athabasca Glacier:which is poised at the end of
the Columbia Icefield.
It was so cold here that I couldn't be there for a long time even
in a snow-board wear.
There is a small river on this glacier and it is said that
we live 10 years longer with a cup of water,20 years longer
with two cups of water.However it is also said we upset our
stomach with three cups of water.
You can drink easily if you take a something to pour because
it is very-very cold.
In places the ice is 365 meters thick(1200 feet)-
enough to create its own climate and 325 meters square.
We can understand the coldness in this area because
the gracier grows 30cm under the snow of 30m depth.
Takakkaw Falls-Moraine Lake
The spots to see the sights in the Rocky Mountains are far
from each other.This day's sightseeing spot is Lake Moraine which
is closer than the Columbia Icefield and on the south of it.
The left picture shows Takakkaw Falls.Though it doesn't seem so big,
it is a 300 meter waterfall.The drop was very strong,so I was concerned
about the rocks collapsing around it.
The right picture shows the Natural Bridge which made the shapes itself.
Long ago,the water flowed over the bridge,but the falls of water made
a hole and the flow began to flow into it.
Though we can't go on the bridge,there is an artificial bridge beside and
we can cross it.
The left picture shows the Emerald Lake.The color of that is bluer
than the Peyto Lake.There is a hiking course around it and it takes
2 hours to go around.It was cloudy,and sometimes sunny or thundering.
The climate in the Rockies is so changeable that the climate goes
goes from good to bad in ten minutes.
We can see various animals like elks,grizzly bears,squirrels,
many kinds of birds,and so on in this National Park.
I don't know if squirrels are familiar with man or not,it didn't run
We are encountered not only animals,but also a natural disaster.
In this area,we have a snowslide and heavy snow and
we can see many tracks of snowslides:There are no trees on the slope of
mountains.In addition to this,we can see a trace of a stratum which is
terraced according to ease of weathering.
I thought the Rocky Mountains are the treasure of the nature.
The left picture shows Lake Moraine.
There are ten mountains called Ten peaks around this lake and
you can see three of them in the picture.
However,I'm sorry for not taking tops clearly because of bad weather.
In this Alberta province,Alberta beef is famous.
That volume was so great that a 3cm thickness-beef was on the dish.
And a whole lobster was on the same dish,and moreover,a whole potato
and corn...I was afraid of not being able to eat it all because
I had eaten three loafs of French bread,but I ate it all.
Sulphur Mountain is in the south of Banff and it takes an hour
to go there.At the top we can see a beautiful panorama of 360 degrees.
As you see in the left picture, you can see the Banff-Downtown and
Cascade Mountain which is a symbol of Banff at the top of Sulphur
Mountain.The lake at the upper right in the picture is Lake Minnewanka
and the largest lake in Rockies though it was artificially extended.
The river on the southern part of Banff-Downtown is Bow River and
the hotel at the lower right in the picture is the Banff-Spring-Hotel
which is the most largest in this town.
The right picture shows an observatory at the top of the mountain and
Trans Canada Highway(Route 1) which runs through Newfoundland,Ottawa,
You can find various spots around this area if you go up
after sightseeing the downtown,lakes,and icefields.
I think it is one of the great interest spots on a sunny day because
it doesn't take much time to go from Banff by bus.