Day Two in Canmore/Banff

I’m actually finding it hard to believe we only got here a few days ago.

I got up a bit later and waited for dawn before I went for my run. I planned out a route that included a few streets that I haven’t run yet and ended at Eclipse Coffee at Railway Ave. and Bow Valley Trail.

It was a lot colder today compared to Sunday, but not uncomfortable. I ran down through Spring Creek and then along the river for a short time before heading up 8th (the main street).

I walked back the 500m from the coffee shop and enjoyed the views as the sun rose over the mountains and painted them in light.

Johnston Canyon

Next up we drove to Johnston Canyon and did the hike up to the Lower Falls. We did this back in 2013 the first time we came out with the kids at Christmas.

The trail to the Upper Falls was closed for maintenance, so it wasn’t the full length, but still quite nice.

Pictures don’t do it justice.

Lunch and Another Hike

After the canyon hike, we hopped back in the car and drove a bit further up the 1A to Castle Junction where we had another one of our patented car lunches of croissants with turkey and cheese.

Lindsey found another hike on AllTrails that was close by so we decided to do that before we headed back. This was just about a kilometre up to the base of a waterfall and then the same distance back.

We didn’t have any company on this hike (unlike the Johnston Canyon hike). It was quiet and peaceful with beautiful views across the valley.

After that hike we snapped a couple of pics of Castle Mountain against a perfect, clear, blue Alberta “big sky” and drove back to Canmore to chill for the rest of the day.

James Koole @jameskoole