Recently another blogger, an American ex-pat living and teaching in Thailand, mentioned she saw someone selling canned Canadian air to mainland Chinese tourists. Not a surprising scam.
Whenever we’re hiking or snowshoeing in a Canadian national park,
I always marvel sucking in fresh mountain air, gazing over clear turquoise gem lake waters, pristine expansive wilderness and soaring ragged mountain ranges. It is Nature’s heaven not just to foreign tourists, but to many Canadians.
Admittedly it’s these jaw-dropping vistas makes me grateful, if not also proud to live in a country that values and preserves these corners of our vast country.
To reduce car emissions and reduce car traffic congestion, in the past 2 years, Parks Canada has expanded their low cost bus shuttle service from various points in Banff National Park to meet increased international tourism (and no doubt, local Albertan tourists looking for a cheap, awesome vacation close to home).
In 2017, during Canada’s 175th birthday as a country, Parks Canada provided free park entrance and provided some low-cost travel packages to international visitors worldwide. This led in following years, to burgeoning glut of tourists scrambling to see Banff National Park.
We rattled off in a school bus from by Lake Louise along an ascending, winding mountain 15 km. road to Lake Moraine. At Lake Moraine, it is the area of Ten Peaks.
I wouldn’t be thrilled to climb the road on bike because of too many buses on a narrow road. We saw a couple cyclists climbing or sweeping down the road. This a short 25 min. bus ride after a ride from town of Banff to Lake Louise in the new semi-bi-level Roam with luxury seats for a 50 km. ride for only $10.00.
There are several trails to explore at Lake Moraine. Due to lack of time because of the bus schedule, we just choose easy ones which believe me, you are treated to spectacular scenery changes every few metres on the trail.
To me, some haiku best captures hushed awe and incredulity.
Calm turquoise sheet
Lights rock bed so smooth, peaceful
To rock sleep canoe.
Heart wings soar the skies
Touch-skip ragged mountain ridge
Slide down glacier.
Breathless effort flies
Into the cool crystal air
Misty dew hangs pure –
Necklace around dreamy peaks
Liquid jewels slide to and fro.