We ate breakfast in our room using our self-catering facilities and the groceries we purchased yesterday after dinner. We met up with Lance & Karol and headed into Banff around 9.30 am. The forecast was for 20-50 mm of rain so we were not sure what we would see and what we could do. Our luck held and it remained dry until after we returned to our hotel. We parked and wandered Banff main street for an hour and a bit then we had lunch in an Irish pub. One of the more amusing sights was a young lady serving there with a strong Canadian accent, wearing a Scottish kilt and working in an Irish pub. Darlene & I had a good Irish lamb stew. After lunch we left Lance & Karol to wander the streets whilst we went to the gondolier ride. We were so lucky arriving just ahead of a bus and we walked from the ticket office straight onto the ride. There was around 60 people waiting when we returned later.
The low cloud had lifted temporarily so we took advantage of it. We had a 4 person gondolier to ourselves in both directions. The 8 minute ride took us up to 2281 metres above sea level. This is slightly higher than Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko which is 2228 metres high. It was clear of clouds at the top but still overcast. We took a few photos, bought a T-shirt and headed back down. We found Lance & Karol at the pre-arranged place and returned to Canmore. It started raining around an hour later.
We went to tea at an Indian restaurant. The service was really slow but the food was good. The rain persisted and the drains in the car park were clearly blocked and the rain accumulated and became fairly deep in the low lying places. It kept us entertained watching cars drive through water around 30cm deep while we waited for our food. We took advantage of a break in the rain to get to our van and return to the hotel.