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Day 50: Johnson Canyon and Calgary

August 5, 2017

We woke up early in another attempt to beat the crowds to a popular Banff hiking location. Johnson Canyon. The hike is unique in that it travels up a narrow canyon carved by the Johnson Creek. The walls of the canyon are so steep many sections of the trail had to be constructed from a metal catwalk suspended over the creek. It’s SUPER popular mid-day and parking is a challenge. So we got there at 7am, parked, and then made breakfast in the bus.

The hike itself is relatively easy and only about 2km long. But the scenery and the waterfalls are really pretty.

 After the hike we packed up the bus and headed for Calgary. It’s sad to be leaving Banff. This place is incredible. I will be back someday!

The drive to Calgary is about 1.5 hours. We have booked a hotel on the outside of town that has RV parking and is dog friendly. Originally some friends from Denver were going to fly in and join me on the next segment of the trip, so we were all going to meet up at the hotel, have a fun weekend in Calgary, and then Michael was flying home and we were going to continue to Glacier National Park. Unfortunately they cancelled the trip. But that’s ok. It will be a nice change of pace to stay in a hotel for two nights while exploring Calgary.

After checking into the hotel around noon I decided a long shower and nap were in order. After that we’d head into Calgary and do some exploring. The nap and shower were fantastic. We decided to take the light rail into town (it’s only a few blocks from our hotel) and when we stepped off the train we were greeted with this amazing view:

 

We walked along the Bow River to an area with new apartment/condo buildings and found Charbar for dinner. It’s in an old Simmons Mattress store that has been converted into a space with a number of different restaurants. This one specializes in grilled meats (steak, chicken, seafood) and other delicious items. I ordered a glass of wine and the Ahi tuna. Both were fantastic. We also ordered the fried sourdough balls. Yum.

 After dinner we decided to wander around town a bit and find a brewpub. Well, we stumbled on something better. Craft Beer Market has 100 beers on tap! We ordered a pint and started looking at things we should do tomorrow. Then it was back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.

 

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