The Church was constructed by hand in 1875. At this time the local First Nations people were still hunting bison on the prairies. This church became the heart of a thriving community, Morleyville, which was the largest settlement in Southern Alberta and this church represents an important chapter in Alberta’s settlement history.
It is only used today for special occasions such as weddings, so unfortunately we couldn’t see inside. But it is lovely to stroll around outside in such a pretty and calm setting.
We were surprised to see gophers running around so early in the year.
The church overlooks this now frozen lake. We bet it is beautiful in the summer.
What started off as a lovely bright and sunny day, turned cloudy rather quickly. We only just made it back to the car before the snow/hail started to fall.
We moved on. It was snowing quite hard at this point but the ice on the river was just amazing as it was cracking and falling into the water.
Having not really explored Canmore much before, we decided to check out the Main Street. Like Banff, it has a backdrop of stunning mountains wherever you look.
After a good look around the shops, we decided to head off to Banff for something to eat. There is no lack of eating places in Canmore and they looked good, but we had a particular restaurant in mind.
We were a little early for dinner so we decided to take a drive up the Bow Valley Parkway in the hope of seeing some wildlife. We weren’t disappointed.
We had a quick visit to Lake Louise and came across these very tame birds - a bit bigger than the Chickadees we are used to, with bigger claws and a very big beak!
All in all it was a lovely relaxing weekend away and we can't wait for the next one.