We did indeed arrive at our hotel after an hour and half drive from Calgary airport in torrential rain, in pitch black, on a road that had no lines to see your lane. At 12:45 am we drove up and checked in. After some time we fell asleep and were up by 7:15 am.
When I opened the blinds to see the outside now that it was light out, WOW – the long ordeal to get here was worth it.
The mountains surrounding the resort (the mountain pix above is the Three Sisters) and the town of Canmore are a spectacular sight. Very tall snow-capped peaks. We learned that the road between Lake Louise and Jasper was closed today due to 10 inches of snow last night. The dusting on the all the mountains made our first day here extra special.
After a light breakfast in the Black Dog Cafe in our hotel, we drove to the Safeway in Canmore to pick up our supplies for the next 5 days. Even the view in the parking lot is picture worthy.
We then spent our day in Canmore, hiking along the Bow River and wandering up and down Main Street, checking out the shops and interesting sights.
The scenery surrounding Canmore is incredibly beautiful. The color of the river, running quite high due to all the rain and snow melt, is metallic and fluorescent. There was a group of cow elks with their young caves along the shore, attempting to cross the river to Elk Island, unsuccessfully because of the speed of current running in the river.
Remember Sergeant Preston of the Yukon – a Canadian Mountie? He didn’t live here but there were Mounties here in Canmore and they have a small museum in the town.
Canmore was also a big coal mining location until 1979.
Lots to see and do around here. An amazing first day.
Tomorrow we are heading to Banff to explore.