The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park – Hiking Alberta

 

This hiking day in Banff National Park presents an unexpected spectacular event.

 

Canmore, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

The light hiking day in Banff National Park begins with a soak in Banff Upper Hot Springs at morning opening time when the pool is nearly empty.  Soaking in warm water beneath morning sun is an outstanding way to begin a day.

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Entering Banff Upper Hot Springs in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Soaking in morning sun at the nearly empty Banff Upper Hot Springs

 

Walking shoreline trails along the Bow River provides a scenic prelude to lunch near the gazebo and bandstand in the Town of Banff exquisitely manicured, downtown park.

Following more hiking along the Bow River on the other side of the bridge, a short stop at the Banff Hoodoos on Tunnel Mountain Road leads to refreshment back in town.

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada View from Banff across the Bow River to Mount Norquay in Banff National Park

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The Bow River in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Sulphur Mountain from the shore of the Bow River in Banff National Park

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Hiking the shore of the Bow River past Banff Avenue Bridge towards Tunnel Mountain

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Reflections on the Bow River in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Hiking along the Bow River towards Bow Falls and Banff Springs Hotel

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Quiet secluded beaches along the Bow River in Banff National Park

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Near the Banff Hoodoos on Tunnel Mountain in Banff National Park

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The Bow River Loop from above the Banff Hoodoos with Mount Rundle in the background

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Cascade Mountain at the end of Banff Avenue in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Leaving the Rose and Crown on Banff Avenue, it is difficult to ignore the plumes of smoke above the buildings.  A massive fire has erupted south of Canmore.  The size of the smoke plumes motivate a quick departure from the Town of Banff to head east along the TransCanada Highway for a closer look near Canmore, Alberta, Canada. 

The sky over Canmore is spectacular.  Familiar mountains are shrouded by smoke and the sun is casting an orange hue over the entire area.  Cameras are working hard to capture this unusual circumstance.  Forest fires are common but seldom are they so accessible. 

It will not take long for first attack team forest fire-fighters to knock this one down.  There are huge fire-fighting resources in this area and it appears the fire may be along the Smith-Dorrien Trail south of Canmore which will provide excellent accessibility.

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada A forest fire has erupted nearby from Rose and Crown in Banff

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The source is near the Smith-Dorrien Trail between Canmore and Banff

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Sun drenched smoke above the Three Sisters in Canmore, Alberta, Canada

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada An orange glow on the Three Sisters Mountain above Canmore, Alberta, Canada

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The forest fire in Kananaskis Country south of Canmore will be knocked down quickly

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Sun through smoke creates an weird glow.   Aroma is distinct. Ash is falling.

 

The Bow River and a Forest Fire – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Smoke over Canmore - an unexpected event on another interesting day.

 

The unique characteristics of an up-close-and-personal forest fire is an exciting conclusion to a leisurely hiking day in Banff National Park.

Photo credits are shared with Melanie.

 

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