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Upper Falls Johnston CanyonOn Thursday, I visited Banff National Park with some friends from Ontario. We hiked to the Upper Falls at Johnston Canyon, then toured the town of Canmore.

I usually do this hike when the snow is gone. On this day, May 25, it was still slushy in parts. I found my walking sticks were useful to keep from slipping.

slushy catwalk

Meet my Ontario friends! Here they are at the Lower Falls.

Ontario friends at the Lower Falls

This is the view looking down at the Lower Falls. We walked into the cave for a closeup of the water crashing into the pool below.

the Lower FallsWater glistening on the limestone rock.

water on the rocks

Snowy in May.

Following our hike, we were revived at the JK Bakery in Canmore.


Turkey and all the vegetables on multigrain with tomato basil soup. Perfectly delicious.

We walked around the town, visited a Farmers Market and admired the wall art.

wall art in Canmore

And later, we watched the aspenglow.



The five of us stayed at a beautiful condo in Canmore with this view of the Three Sisters.

The Three Sisters

Gourmet dinner was prepared by these talented ladies.

gourmet dinner

These shooters are called “mini beers” and were useful for cheering on the Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference final game. I didn’t have any of the “mini-beers” because it’s necessary to down one in a single gulp and that just didn’t seem right.

Too bad Ottawa didn’t win, but it was an entertaining game with two periods of overtime. Congratulations Penguins!

mini beers

A fair amount of wine was consumed. This is a partial sample of what was available. And, no Alan, we didn’t get into the really “expensive stuff”. 🙂

wine, yum!

The next morning, I sat on the balcony with my tea, admired the mountains with clear blue skies and felt like all was well with the world.

clear blue skies

Thank you to Caroline, Glenda, Francine and Sharlene for an excellent slice of life!