in August the grass in Banff's National Park is lush and high, just to this elk's liking
from the Sulphur Mountain Lookout you have a fantastic view
the final steps
we approach the Lookout buildings that sit at an altitude of 2256 meters
the Bow river skirts around Tunnel Mountain
every now and then wildlife is really close at hand
on the Sulphur Mountain Trail we look back down on the parking lot
never mess with an adult elk bull
a great view of the town of Banff at the banks of the Bow River
Banff National Park
Banff National Park was established in 1885, making it the oldest national park of Canada. The park is located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and features forests, lakes, glaciers and icefields in an alpine landscape. In winter the area is a major ski destination.
The Trans-Canada Highway runs through the park from the town of Banff to Lake Louise and from there the Icefields Parkway runs further north into scenic Jasper National Park
 
Humans have lived in the area since 10.000 years ago and scores of tribes have hunted bison here ever since.
 
After the establishment of the park the local tribes were relocated to make it more attractive for sportsmen and tourists, in particular from Europe.

Lake Louise, north of Banff is a must-see, the reflection of the Victoria Glacier in the lake is of a supreme beauty, weather permitting.
The Sulphur Mountain Lookout sits 2256 m above sealevel and provides fantastic vistas over the Banff area.
 
Wildlife is said to be abundant, but when we visited in August 2001 we only saw a few elk.
 
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Banff National Park is located west of Calgary and sits on the continental divide
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it is busy at the entrance of the park
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Lake Winnemanka lurks in the distance
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Bow Lake sits at 1920 meters and is filled by meltwater of the Bow Glacier, seen in the background
the world-famous view of Victoria Glacier reflecting in Lake Louise
it is busy at Lake Louise
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the beautiful Lake Peyto is one of my alltime favorite pictures
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