Canadian Rockies: Stanley Glacier + Silverton Falls

We had a later start on Tuesday, as I was starting to get stuffed up. Fun fact: You don’t need to speak to a pharmacist to purchase pseudoephedrine in Alberta!

We drove back to Kootenay NP to hike to Stanley Glacier.  It was a long hike through alpine forest and over many rocks, about 9km RT to the hanging valley and waterfall. Stanley Falls was hard to photograph due to the position of the sun and the glacier itself was impossible to see due to smoky haze in the air. We had to do a lot of processing to rescue the photos below.

Kootenay NP views  Stanley Falls

Pika!

Eric in a hanging valley (with photo gear)

Stanley Glacier hike

After that long hike we decided to keep it a bit easier, so we stopped at Silverton Falls on our way back to Banff. This easy hike to a two-tiered falls took about 20 minutes RT.

Silverton Falls

Downtown Banff was our next stop to photograph Bow Falls and grab a beer at Banff Ave Brewing – black lager for me and a witbier for Eric. We walked around a bit but didn’t want to buy anything besides candy (sidenote: Zingy Zaps are awesome!). All the tourist shops were a bit overwhelming.

Bow River in Banff (falls on left)

At this point, we had some cell signal back so I noticed that I had two missed calls from our house-sitter. Then, when I opened my email I saw a message from my neighborhood listserv that a dog was missing. Our dog.

Apparently, Riesling had wandered off while Becky left her unattended in our non-fenced backyard. After a few frantic texts, she told me she was looking for her everywhere and would update us as soon as she found her.

grabbing a pint @ Banff Ave. Brewing  dinner @ The Georgetown Inn

Figuring Riesling would be found soon, we checked into our new hotel, Lady McDonald Inn, and wandered across the street to The Georgetown Inn for dinner. I had a sliced steak sandwich on pretzel roll with a ginormous side of tasty poutine while Eric went much healthier with a grilled chicken burger. To drink, Eric had a local raspberry beer (x2) and I had a tempranillo, then a Guinness.