Seeing as we hit the heights yesterday, today, we were going to the depths. Coffeed and breakfasted, we drove into Banff National Park and headed down Highway 1A to Johnston Canyon. 1A is the old Transcanada Highway that used to run through Banff. It is narrow and twisty and in this case, snow covered, so driving was slow. But, that was OK, as we were not in a hurry.
Arriving in the Johnston Canyon parking lot, there were a few vehicles, which boded well for our walk. We all strapped on our ice cleats, grabbed our trekking poles and headed for the start point, pausing for a photo.
The canyon trail still had snow on it, but in places were the sun had touched it, you could see the potential for a slippery slope. The morning sun was low and the canyon was deep, so still in shadow.
Our thought was to walk to the lower falls and then decide if we would hike on to the upper falls at that time.
Here are the photos on the walk to the lower falls:
The details along the way
At the lower falls (viewpoint accessed through a cavern opening)
On the path to the upper falls. We had no shortage of energy, at this point.
The upper falls were decorated with a smattering of ice climbers. As we looked at some areas of the falls where the frozen cascades had cracked and shattered on the ground below, we wondered at the wisdom of hitting the ice again and again with an ice axe. I guess that is why we do not ice climb. Nonetheless, it was a fascinating display.
The walk back went smoothly, but there were increasing numbers of hikers now and some of them were trying to make the journey without the proper footwear. A slippery slope, so to speak.
And to finish, here is a lot of fun. What can you do with a curvy tree? Well, L had an idea and this will play well in my video production. Here is the best I can do on a slide show.