Bow Valley Parkway

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Prescribed Burn 1993 in Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Prescribed Burn 1993 in Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Driving the 48-kilometer Bow Valley Parkway from Banff to Lake Louise is one of the classic scenic drives in the Canadian Rockies. This route normally has a lot of wildlife so it was closed during the morning of the 2nd day of our trip. Unfortunately we didn’t see much in the way of wildlife this time aside from an osprey and its’ large nest above the Castle Mountain Junction Bridge.

Due to the closure earlier on during the trip, we finally the entire route during the last day of the trip as it was approximately 92 degrees on that day so we didn’t do any hiking. Way too hot for the Canadian Rockies. I do find burn areas to be fascinating however so I spent some time photographing these purple wildflowers growing amidst the burnt tree logs.

Lower Johnston Canyon Falls, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Lower Johnston Canyon Falls, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

We did the Johnston Canyon hike during a rainstorm early on during the trip. The weather actually added to the experience and was one of the highlights on this trip in my opinion. The cold temperature and rain actually kept most of the tourists away during the morning and they only started showing up in mass when we were heading back for lunch.

Train Riding Along Bow River, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Train Riding Along Bow River, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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2 thoughts

  1. Nice images Richard! That purple wildflower looks to be Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) which, as the name suggests, is frequently one of the first species to grow after an area burns.

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