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Trip Report Lake Louise/Jasper trip report

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Day 1---Saturday arrive in Calgary---eat lunch in Canmore—cute little mountain town—reminded me of Breckenridge
*saw large moose running along Bow River for several miles
*check into Num Ti Jah Lodge----the most beautiful scenery—like Many Glacier right out of our window--asked for a view--all rooms don't have one--great place for one night
*hiked Bow Falls around the lake--
*had elk burger—mmmmm so good

Day 2---Sunday drive Columbia Icefields--what a drive! changing of colors
*hiked to Bow Summit and Peyto Lake—beautiful turquoise color
*hiked Sumptawa falls lower and upper
*ate at lodge--good stop on way to Jasper
Arrived and checked into Alpine Resort—beautiful cottage—king bed—wrap around deck facing forrest—so peaceful—very comfortable room--I highly recommend this property--ask for forrest view rather than river as much more quiet away from road---had a wrap around deck facing forest--we loved it---also had wood burning fireplace----
*cougar was sighted last week down the road—picture in office—plus a mother grizzly and 2 cubs took up residence here last two weeks---disappointed that we didn’t see---must have moved on
*dinner at Evil Dave’s--i highly recommend--great food
*Went to hot tub—big 12 person—lovely and HOT
*Elk on side of road

Day 3---Monday woke up to Elk bugleing---male and female right outside our cabin
*breakfast at Becker’s chalet—beautiful view of river and mountain--we considered staying there----would have been good choice, too but Alpine is still #1 IMO
*went to Lake Annette—hiked it –listened to another elk bugleing and saw female come right down to path infront of us
*took White Water Rafting Trip down Athalbasca River--river too low--not fast enough for us-
*ate downtown at Kimchi—korean restaurant—very good----
*the went to Whistlers sports bar to watch the Bears WIN

Day 4 – Tuesday
*breakfast at O’Shea’s very good
*drive Maligne Rd.
*hiked Maligne Canyon for a couple of bridges, fast moving and very scenic
*reached Maligne Lake—
*hiked both loops---saw moose
*saw a whole family of 9-10 mountain goats on way back by medicine lake—crossed road right infront of us
*brought sandwiches back from town and ate on deck—so peaceful--then went to hot tub on property--what a bonus

Day 5—Wednesday
*headed to Mt. Edith Cavell in morning—beautiful drive and small hike--the 2K hike up there had avalanche last week and covered most of path---thankfully it occurred at night when nobody was walking path---
Hiked partly around Lake Beaufort--by golf course--DH was going to play golf but got rained out
*on way back found Bull Elk right near pathway—we sort of followed him right to parking lot

Day 6 Thursday
Had breakfast at Becker’s again, then headed up Icefields Parkway
*Stopped at Athabasca Falls—hiked to falls---definitely worth the stop
*checked in at Paradise Lodge in Lake Louise—not a good view (: good location, walking distance to Lake Louise resort)--but do NOT stay in units 50 or 51--or the units below them--what they call a mountain view is a little view of mountains---but if you look the other way there is a huge telephone pole wrapped with layers and layers of cords--electrical, etc. viewgirl did NOT like that---other units faced the woods with breathtaking views of mountains---I wish I would have known to ask for one of those---no more $$
*Went on short hike behind property along Lake Louise Creek
*Ate at Outpost in post hotel---very
good

Day 6—Friday
*Took Lake Moraine Valley of the Larch Hike—beautiful—a 4-5 hr. hike up up up---through rain, sun, snow, and sleet and a rainbow--almost surreal up there---so beautiful at top yellow conifers--
*Dinner at the Station cute place—romantic, cozy, good food saw train coming by--nice bar, too

Day 7 Saturday
*drove to Yoho National Park to Emerald Lake Lodge
*hiked around entire lodge 5.2k---first part beautiful---2nd half really muddy and rocky--if anyone goes I would HIGHLy recommend hiking clockwise, going halfway around to open area, then turning around retracing first half---this part is a much easier path and much better views right around lake--if you continue on loop back to beginning the path is really hard to navigate with slippery rocks, mud and roots
*had a good lunch in the lodge overlooking lake
*went to Lake Louise & walked lake
*dinner at Bill Peyto’s, which is a hostel--the recommendations were correct--very good food, then went to a bonfire after dinner and met lots of interesting people---this was fun
*wish we had time to go to Hot Springs—heard they were well worth it

Day 8---Drove to Banff Springs Golf Club to see Elk---did not disappoint then had a great breakfast at Melissa’s the best eggs benedict ever! --managed to fly out of Calgary to Chicago during the terrible air traffic control issues-----a great trip

Advice to those those who may go---Lake Louise and Moraine were beautiful and some great hikes in that area---but if I went again, I think I would stay in Jasper (definitely at Alpine Resort) and Banff---DH has some knee issues and one good hike a day is enough for him---then not much else to do in LL----

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