Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Day 8: Relocation cruise to Johnston's Canyon Campground

Some cheerful encouragement at the start of the Johnston Canyon trail. 

Today is our last full day of this particular trip.  The boys are ready to be home.  To be honest - I will be glad to be home, too.  That said, we have been blessed to travel so much these last two years since the arrival of the Gypsy Wagon.

Our relocation cruise took us a whopping 28 kilometres/17 miles west from Banff towards Lake Louise.  Johnston Canyon Campground is more like a regular BC Provincial Park - large separate sites in a forest grove with no services.  That is OK, this is more like real camping and the Gypsy Wagon can handle dry camping for at least 5 days before we need a power boost.

We lucked out in Site 65 as it backs onto the trail that runs along a small river. It is surrounded by tall trees and is relatively private.  Some of the interior sites in this park are small with many neighbours. There are few bushes and shrubs in the middle of the park as the forest canopy is tight making it a little more like group camping.

Our afternoon consisted of reading, checking out the river, a short cycle around the campground and later a stroll to the Lower Falls of Johnston Canyon.

This is a short, highly popular walk.  Many RV's, cars and motorhomes litter the sides of the Bow Valley Parkway near the entrance to this natural attraction.  Our campsite is located directly across the street so we missed all of the parking craziness - this Mama had a plan.

Tonight we had "let's clean up the fridge" leftovers which suited everyone fine.  And, because our site is long and level we will be able to make a fast morning get away since we did not have to unhitch the trailer.  Nice!

Home sweet home, here we come.

Site #65 at the Johnston Canyon Campground near Banff is a keeper. 

Lower Falls, Johnston Canyon. 

stink eye: noun. a facial expression of distrust, disdain, or disapproval. 

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