Magnificent mountains

We came to Calgary after church yesterday to spend a couple of days with our daughter and her family but the main purpose of our trip was to take Sheila to see the Rocky Mountains. It was snowing when we woke up this morning and a cold wind was blowing. The recently updated road reports indicated that the highway to the west was in good condition, however, and though the weather forecast called for scattered flurries, it also mentioned sunny breaks.

We left the city in near blizzard conditions wondering if we’d see anything at all but an hour later, there they were; a wall of rugged mountains standing against a band of blue sky! We drove out of the storm and into a spectacular day. Bright sunshine glistened off the snow covered peaks and the snow flurries never materialized.


Our first stop was Banff where we browsed several souvenir stores and enjoyed lunch in a quaint little restaurant just off the main street.


After stopping just outside town to enjoy views of the mostly frozen Bow River, we continued north toward Lake Louise.



In spite of the colder temperature at Lake Louise’s higher elevation, we walked down the the lakefront to enjoy the view. Though partially hidden by cloud, it was still magical.

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We were back in Calgary in time for supper thankful for a wonderful day and for the opportunity to share one of our country’s most beautiful areas with a very delighted Sheila.


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jan Bergseth
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 21:43:52

    So did you know that if you move your cursor around, you can change the direction of the snowflakes? Just a fun observation 🙂 It sounds like a wonderful day in our wonderful Rocky Mountains.


  2. crazyanneca
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 08:36:20

    Beautiful pictures. I’m so glad Sheila was able to see what I think is Canada’s most beautiful scenery. What a wonderful introduction to Canada. What does she think?


    • edebock
      Dec 10, 2013 @ 09:05:47

      She’s in love with Canada and is so enthusiastic and appreciative of everything we’re doing with her! She was amazed by the beauty of the mountains, of course.


  3. silverscreenings
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 18:49:40

    Your photos are stunning!


  4. Mrs C
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 00:28:33

    What a view! Simply magnificent.. I read a book many years ago about a small town during the era of gold rush near the Rocky Mountain. The book describe the snow capped mountain as silver peak especially in the moonlit nights. I wish to one day witness this with my own eyes. Definitely something to look forward for and another city in my travel list 🙂 Sheila is lucky to have a guide.. real guide 🙂

    Hope you are well

    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES (a fashion and life-style blog)


  5. tess
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 10:36:26

    Gorgeous photos! So interesting that she has to come to Canada to see the (stunning) mountains…it is sometimes hard to travel within your own country. There are some stunning mountains in China, though, particularly Zhangjiajie!


    • edebock
      Dec 14, 2013 @ 10:50:30

      So true, Tess! Most of our Chinese students had seen very little of their own country. Hopefully they get the opportunity in the future.


  6. Damien Wijerathne
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 22:40:25

    Great photos…


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