Alberta
We spent a week in the Bannf and Lake Louise area.
At Lake Louise there were some beautiful ice sculptures.
Lake Louise was one of several places where we saw ice hockey being played on lakes and ponds.
Climbers on an ice waterfall just outside Banff.
Johnson Canyon on the Bow Valley Highway between Banff and Lake Louise which we also hiked on our honeymoon n 1988.
Fairmont Banff Springs
We originally booked five nights at the Bow Valley Motel in Canmore.
Then we extended an extra day--twice--because of all the snow. Two
days snowed so much that we limited our activities to eating at the
French Restaurant and walking around town.













Below, in Canmore,  the oldest surviving barracks in western Canada
was built in 1893 and used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police until
1929. Today this itty-bitty wooden building is home to a small display of
Mountie-themed memorabilia and a quaint tearoom.
The Canmore Hotel was built in 1890 and is the oldest continuous operating hotel in Alberta.
Along the Bow Valley Road between Banff and Lake Louise.
After seven days in Canmore, the sky turned blue and we drove up the Icefield Parkway to Jasper. As you might expect, we had very little
traffic. We did see an occasional car parked and ski tracks from cross country skiers.
In Jasper we walked along the rim of the Maligne Canyon and then drove up to Maligne Lake. Our timing was great. The next day this road was
closed for avalanches.
Jackie noticed the deer all looking in one direction and wondered what they were looking at.
Our plan was to drive back down the Icefield Parkway after two nights in Jasper. But then we got more snow and there was going to be
avalanche control on the Parkway. So, we drove east through Edmonton and Red Deer to Drumheller in the plains east of Calgary.


The Star Mine Suspension Bridge  is a charmingly quaint piece of Drumheller Valley nostalgia. The 117 metre bridge was originally built to
enable miners to work at the Star Mine on the north side of the Red Deer River, across from the community of Rosedale.  Although the mine
opened in 1912, it wasn’t until 1931 that the original bridge was constructed. The coal miners were originally required to cross the river to and
from work in row boats.
The area around Drumheller is frequently referred to as the Badlands.
Oil wells are common in Alberta.
So is natural gas -- a gas pumping station.
And finally, it came as a surprise to us that the best dinosaur museum on the planet is in the little hick town of Drumheller-- the Royal Tyrrell
Museum.
This trip we decided not to go to Yellowstone national Park as we have been there on three previous winter outings including winter 2016. To
see our pictures from Yellowstone 2016 click the first link below.