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Journal - Banff National Park - Alfred

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 words: Ingrid       

Banff is famous for its glaciers.

Heading East from Vancouver, Colombian mountains and lakes are along the way.

Passing through a very famous ice wine factory. It is hot and dry in summer and cold in winter at that area, such weather is suitable for grape growing.


Soon it is Rocky mountains.

Pine trees grow strongly in the rock mountains where is less than 1900 meters above sea level. Therefore, the lifeline cut Rocky Mountains into two worlds of live and death.

Banff town is still keeping European's old time style.

So as the churches.

This famous castle hotel facing the beautiful lakes and glaciers.

Lakes is blue as a sapphire. You can see the glacier lake in distance.

We ride the cable car arrived on Glacier, and then took a special car into it.

Glacier is an ice river with very slow flow indeed, the annual movement is so small, that almost imperceptible.

Standing infront of glacier, what I feel is that the ancient and the present is so close.

Along the Journey, we have encountered many animals, but no chance to take photos. Because the driver stops anytime when he sees animals far in front of our bus. "let them go first, " he says:" they are the masters from the earliest time in North America."

The main conflict in Canadian history is between the newcomers and the first nation people, between humans and nature, between humans and animals. The most interesting thing in the history is the railway construction across Canada.

Read the words please.


The spike under an arrow was welded by Dornnald Smith in Canada West Coast Eagles Pass near Craigellachie

Since then, the main artery of the railway across Canada and connected the Pacific coast to the Atlantic coast. There are many Chinese workers worked for this railway; and in average, four Chinese were dead per  mile of railroad.  Upon completion, the Canadian government imposed head tax on Chinese immigrants. The compensation made from Canadian Government to Chinese in 2009 - 100 years later.


Following from Wikipedia

Banff National Park (pronunciation: /ˈbæmf/) is Canada's oldest national park, established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains. The park, located 110–180 kilometres (70–110 mi) west of Calgary in the province of Alberta, encompasses 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 sq mi)[1] of mountainous terrain, with numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes. The Icefields Parkway extends from Lake Louise, connecting to Jasper National Park in the north. Provincial forests and Yoho National Park are neighbours to the west, while Kootenay National Park is located to the south and Kananaskis Country to the southeast. The main commercial centre of the park is the town of Banff, in the Bow River valley.

The Canadian Pacific Railway was instrumental in Banff's early years, building the Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise, and attracting tourists through extensive advertising. In the early 20th century, roads were built in Banff, at times by war internees, and through Great Depression-era public works projects. Since the 1960s, park accommodations have been open all year, with annual tourism visits to Banff increasing to over 5 million in the 1990s.[2] Millions more pass through the park on the Trans-Canada Highway.[3] As Banff is one of the world's most visited national parks,[4] the health of its ecosystem has been threatened. In the mid-1990s, Parks Canada responded by initiating a two-year study, which resulted in management recommendations, and new policies that aim to preserve ecological integrity.

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