Sunday dawned very wet and the forecast wasn't promising for the rest of the day. Mid morning we set off for a Tim Horten's coffee. Not a good decision on a wet, long weekend Sunday. The queue had to be 20 deep. Stuart joined us at this point and suggested we go for drive along the Bow Valley Parkway and animal spot.
First stop was an overlook for the Bow River. Back in 1996, my family and I had sat here eating our lunch, having just spent 3 days skiing at Sunshine Village. The boys were 10 and 8.
The animal count wasn't high, but the drive very enjoyable.
Osprey nesting on a bridge across the Bow River.
Leaving the Parkway, the car travelled east along the 93, climbing to the point of the Continental Divide and into British Columbia. The surrounding mountain peaks were covered in cloud, so we could only imagine their beauty. One was called Storm Mountain. I could fully understand why, on this day. Not long after we pulled into the carpark for Marble Canyon. The canyon is surrounded by burnt trees from a blazing fire that swept through in 2003, burning for nearly a month.
The limestone canyon carved out by Tokumm Creek, over thousands of years, is deep and dramatic, with glacial meltwater that is a spectacular ice blue. It is impossible to photograph its magnificence
with my camera.
The photos are in the order from the exit of the canyon back up to its entrance waterfall.