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