Yoho - Banff - Kootenay National Park

After our (semi failed) visit on the previous 2 National Parks, we were now ready to join the many campers and tour busses through the most well known National Parks of the Rockies. 

Our first stop are my favourite Wapta Falls,   thanks to the 2,5km hike in never too busy, yet very spectacular to see the Kicking Horse Creek fall down the falls with all its violence. 

After whining the last km to get out of the baby carrier, once out to walk the last 100m to the car himself, he clearly had changed his mind about walking

We pic-niced at the gorgeous Emerald Lake, stopped at the Natural Bridge.   We were completely out of luck this year at the spiral tunnels to show Kabouter this exciting train experience   and we were still too early in the season to drive to Canada's highest  Takakkaw Falls. Nevertheless we enjoyed the view on the powerfull rock peaks towering above us all around.

Lake Louise was still half frozen, yet more crowded with tourists than I ever remember.  It is a truly gorgeous lake, but having to wait its turn to be up front for a picture truly kills the joy. Gosh, what must it be like here when it is really high season?  Unfortuntaly we had no time for a small hike away from the tourists on the water side.   So we quickly took our picture and turned around to drive to the more hidden gem of Banff : Lake Morraine in the famous valley of the Ten Peaks. Well 'hidden' isn't the word as it was quite busy too but it was better.  The lake was still frozen with people strolling on the ice. I can never get enough of gazing at the peaks around.

In Kootenay National Park, we had another stop to go and see the Paint Pots again and at the valley viewpoint. However our last intended hike had to be cancelled because of a strict no stopping order for the last 11 kms of the park up to Radium due to heavy bear activity near the highway.  We spotted 2 black bears along the road but not the grizzly and cubs.


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