A road trip to remember

A road trip to Banff National Park should be memorable as the scenery is stunning. The weather didn’t cooperate for a nice sunrise, but the view at Vermillion Lakes was serene.

Vermillion Lakes, Banff National Park

Almost looks inviting enough to jump in!

Vermillion Lakes, Banff

Highway 1A was my next destination to check out the wildlife. I should have gone into Banff to see a grizzly according to this CBC article. Oh well, I did see a number of birds which I will show you in a separate post.

A male elk was grazing by the road. The velvet on its antlers looked so soft.

Male elk, Banff National Park

The next stop was Morant’s Curve; a popular spot where the train tracks curve around the Bow River. It’s named after a staff photographer for Canadian Pacific Railway.

Morant’s Curve, Banff National Park

Well, this was when the trip got memorable, but not for the view. After pictures and a little stroll along the road, I came back to the van, only to find out that I didn’t have my keys. They were on the front seat, along with Chester! Perhaps it was the alarm at 4 am, or not enough coffee that caused the stupidity. Luckily I did have my phone – enough signal to text, not to call, but I was able to get my son to call for roadside assistance. Forty-five minutes later and Chester was freed from the van, yay!

So what did I do while waiting? I met two very kind Parks Canada employees who stopped to make sure I was okay. I’m sure they had a giggle as I was trying to get Chester to jump on the key or the unlock button – it didn’t work. After they left, I tried a panorama shot.

Panorama of Morant’s Curve, Banff National Park

It could have been a lot worse. About 20 minutes after I got into the van, the rain started, so I lucked out. And while I was waiting, the train came so I got the shot I really wanted.

Morant’s Curve, Banff National Park

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Alison and Don

And yes, the shot of the train was worth the waiting and forgetting your keys – it’s fabulous! And the opening shot is pretty sweet too.


Debbie the very first photo of Mount Rundell is amazing. Love your blog!