We left Glacier early because of the road closure, and headed for Banff NP. At 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning we rolled up to Customs. We had always had a quick and painless interrogatory, and quickly were sent on our way. Not this time!!!!
This time the questions at the gate window became more pointed: what had we done for a living? How long were we going to be in Canada? How many guns were we carrying? And the like. We soon were told to pull over to a grassy area so the Officials could search our camper. So with Woolly Bear on his leash, we exited the camper and the two men began a very thorough search. Fortunately for us, they were neat about it and even though no inch went unsearched, they did not create the chaos that would happen if cabinets were just dumped onto the floor. After their thorough search, they exited the camper and checked the battery compartment, then let us resume our travel. I sort of wish they would have told us what the heck they were looking for!
We camped at Banff NP at a beautiful site at Tunnel Mountain Village, with a view on two sides of the mountains. Our site, C46, had electricity and water was available elsewhere. The cost was $32.00 per night. It did not have a fire pit, but did have a picnic table and plenty of space for Woolly Bear to sit and watch for bears! He didn’t see any bears, but we did have a large coyote walk into the site at lunchtime one day. The walking path was adjacent and made walking Woolly Bear a pleasure.
We stayed in Banff for five days, visited Cave and Basin and did the Marsh Walk, drove the Vermillion Lake Drive, went to Morraine Lake and walked the lakeshore, spent time at Lake Minnewanka, and drove the Icefields Parkway on our way to Jasper NP.