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Last day from our one week trip to Lake Louise was reserved for Lake Moraine. It happened to be a Friday, during COVID-19 restrictions. Little we knew how the day will unfold…

From Lake Louise to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

One of the most scenic hikes in the Canadian Rockies, starts at the end of the Lake Louise shoreline trail and ends with stunning glacier views, after climbing through forests and passing by moraines and gravel debris from the Victoria Glacier.

The moderate hike can take 5 to 6 hours with stops for photos. It is recommended to hike in group of fours. Grizzly bears also like the area! We were two with one bear bell, who worked hard to scare the bears. September is also the berry season, so it was a good push for us to go faster through the bushes – especially when you feel the bear smell!

Once out in the opening, you will be surrounded by spectacular mountains with a panorama view of the Lake Louise. Climbing more and passing the Plain of the Six Glaciers Tea House, you will get closer to the glaciers by following the Abbots Pass.

Autumn, what a delight! The fall has arrived in Canada changing the colours of the tree leaves from green to +50 shades of orange: from peach and marigold, to tangerine and persimmon, and in the end mahogany and rust…

A good place for an autumn stroll and photography is High Park, the biggest park in Toronto.

Wilderness in the middle of the city! One-third of the park remains in a natural state, with a rare oak savannah ecology. Significant natural parts of the park are classified as a provincial Areas of Natural and Scientific Interest. High Park was opened to the public in 1876. (Wikipedia)

A Halloween Story

“I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey.”

Darkness  2019

Toronto’s most wicked street party takes place every year on Halloween night, October 31st. Hundreds of Halloween-dressed revelers converge at the Village (Church & Wellesley): scary zombies, clowns, trumps, witches, skeletons and other bloody creatures being treated by sexy nurses – plus a mixture of funny penguins, high tech robots, big head babies and even a pair of huge dinosaurs.

Spooky Night in Toronto

It was a dark, cold, rainy day – perfect for Halloween.

“Imagine arriving here in the 1880s… the smell of pine forest, the sound of avalanches from the mountains above, and the wonder of vast unexplored country ahead. Today, the ice-capped peaks, hidden valleys and turquoise lakes are as spectacular as they ever were, and are much easier to get to!

Early visitors came to Lake Louise by rail or on horseback, until the road from Banff opened in the 1920s. Travellers in winter explored on snowshoes, and in the 1930s, the skiers arrived. The Lake Louise area has become a mecca for climbers, walkers, and tourists, summer and winter.” (Alberta Parks)

Lake Louise weather forecast: sunny. Reality: smoky. Quite a surprise to find the mountains surrounding the lake covered by smoke from the California wildfires. Nevertheless, the weather didn’t stop us to enjoy exploring the area. We’ll start with “foggy” Lake Louise and end with sunny Lake Louise in the next post.