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In April 2012 I flew to Calgary, Alberta for almost 2 weeks in Alberta and British Columbia (BC). While it might have been 'Springtime in the Rockies', there was still a lot of snow on the ground. While this hindered some places I could go, there were still many things to see and the weather actually wasn't that bad.

The good news is that all the main roads were open, including the ever scenic Icefields Parkway connecting Banff to Jasper. However, many of the side roads and some scenic pull-off spots were still closed due to the snow.

Well Iíve traveled to Calgary many times; once again it was just the jumping off point (need to spend some time in that city one of these times). The home base once again was Canmore, Alberta.




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Jasper, Alberta - Jasper House site on the banks of the Athabasca River. I wonder if it had a Holmes Inspection.

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Jasper, Alberta - L&W Special, with pineapple. Just one of many I ate while there.

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Columbia Icefield, Alberta - Snow! So that's what the Columbia Icefield is made of.

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Canmore, Alberta - The panoramic view from my holiday chalet.

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Banff, Alberta - Cascade Mountain as seen from Banff Avenue in downtown Banff.

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Banff National Park, Alberta - Driving along the Bow Valley Parkway.

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Lake Louise, Alberta - The lake is down there somewhere, this is my kind of swimming.

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Lake Louise, Alberta - Coming out of the water after my swim.

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Revelstoke, British Columbia - Revelstoke holds the Canadian record for snowiest single winter ('71-'72) when 2447 cm of snow fell (over 80 feet) on Mt.Copeland outside town. The townsite (Wimps!) only received 779 cm (25 feet).

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Glacier National Park, British Columbia - Rogers Pass at 1330 metres (4360 feet) is the heart of Glacier National Park.

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Golden, British Columbia - Home of the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, at 45.7 metres (150 feet) is the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in Canada.

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Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia - Radium fun fact - it's over one million times more radioactive than uranium!

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Kootenay National Park, British Columbia - Wolf? No, coyote. But still surprising to see.

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Alberta/BC, Banff NP/Kootenay NP, The Contenental Divide Atlantic/Pacific water flow, up/down, left/right. I have no idea where I am...

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