The Johnston Canyon hike on the Bow Valley Parkway is always popular during the summer months. It’s a short trail with very gradual elevation gain.While it’s nice in the summer the amount of people on the trail can be a deterrent, my preference is to go during the winter months when it’s quieter. (A bit delayed considering it’s now June)
In an effort to make it out early to the Saddleback Pass trailhead the next morning I reserved a spot at one of the walk-in sites at the Two Jack Lakeside campground. There had been fire bans for most of the summer, but being late September the bans had been lifted. This is one of my favourite camping spots; the sites have easy access to the lake and there are trail running around the campground, it’s easy access to Banff Townsite (when I’m too lazy to pack food), it’s also smaller than some of the other campgrounds and you don’t have the giant RVs running generators.
The G3 Storm watch went up saturday afternoon, with a good chance of aurora across the entire country! The only downside was that it doesn’t get dark until after 11pm in the spring months, so it was going to be a late night. I headed out early to Lake Minnewanka as it fills up quick with other people hoping to catch of the Northern Lights.
Took the opportunity while things were slow at work in February to do a little exploring. Haven’t had the chance to visit Jasper National Park as much as Banff, Kootenay, or Yoho parks.
First stop, was catching the sunrise near Johnson Lake near Banff Townsite with some elk having their breakfast