Nakiska – more frozen water

Part 1: Christmas in Calgary

Part 2: Canmore: a winter wonderland

Part 3: Lake Louise – Walking on Water

Another day out we went to Nakiska, a smaller ski resort than Lake Louise, but just as beautiful.

ski
While some of our party skied, others took the opportunity to explore the area and found a track leading to a frozen waterfall.

A walk in the woods

A walk in the woods

The track was well marked, although narrow in parts. It was well used and we often had to step aside to make room for families of snow shoers or even the occasional couple on cross country skies.

Beautiful frozen stream

Beautiful frozen stream

The track wound its way through, though pine forests and birch forests with some stunning scenery en route.

Areas of white birch

Areas of white birch

After about an hour’s walk we made it to the waterfall.

Frozen waterfall

Frozen waterfall

 

It was about twenty feet high and quite spectacular.

Frozen water

Frozen water

There was a little black squirrel darting about, obviously this was a popular picnic point as there were suddenly more birds and creatures.

Canadian Black squirrel

Canadian Black squirrel

Did you know that black squirrels are found in parts of the UK? They are actually a mutation of the grey squirrel caused by a faulty gene. Anyway the squirrel we saw was very tiny and very cute.

We took a route back along the river with yet more wonderful views.

View across the river

View across the river

In the late afternoon we picked up the skiers and drove the scenic route back to Canmore.  We were searching out a moose that my son had seen several times in a particular area.

We didn’t have any luck finding the moose, but the drive was out of this world.   It was a bit of an adventure as we weren’t sure if the road would be closed further up due to snow. There were also parts where it went through the mountains and there were Avalanche warning signs saying not to stop your car.

The back road from Nakiska to Canmore

The back road from Nakiska to Canmore

 

Evening sun

Evening sun

One of our favourite views came round one bend. . . .

Water and snowy mountians, what a combination

Water and snowy mountians, what a combination

The drive down to a lower altitude was rather precipitous with lots of hairpin bends. I was glad I wasn’t driving.

We were very glad to reach Canmore in time for a wonderful Italian meal.

 

Part 5: Back to Calgary – meeting friends

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8 thoughts on “Nakiska – more frozen water

  1. more wonderful photos Annette, you were lucky to have such beautiful sunny days to enjoy it all, it is said the best time to view larger wildlife is early morning or evening when they usually feed, Frances

    • Thank you so much. You have just reminded me I still have one post left in the series which I will post in the next few days. Don’t worry winter will come around again as sure as night follows day!

  2. Pingback: Back to Calgary and meeting new friends | My Aberdeen Garden

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