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cross country skiing
In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and the world's third. Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world's premier destination spots.
My husband and I ended up doing this short hike in late August when the trail we wanted to do closed due to weather. It is a short hike with beautiful scenery even on a very rainy, snowy, cold, cloudy day. Mirror lake is a beautiful spot to take in the moment. The tea house at the top was very busy but a great spot to warm up. I would do this hike again but Cary on to the other tea houses. Note: parts of the trail are shared with horses.
Great hike. Gorgeous views of Banff and its valley from the viewpoint and restaurant. Boardwalk to the Cosmic Ray Station is also great and very easy. We saw some wildlife (horn sheep mainly) on the way up. Nothing on the way down with the gondola though.
Awesome hike! The view is absolutely breathtaking and the trail is decently challenging. We chose to continue on after the teahouse toward the lookout which was definitely worth it. The only real downside is how busy it is, but once you leave the trail around the lake, the crowds lessen.
It's beautiful at this time of the season. Will need spikes on the shoes and but depth of snow is increasing daily.
You will keep on stopping every few meters to take pictures. Very few hikers on the way when reaching the Tea house and above.
Must for those who are into taking scenery pictures.