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By: Ylee , 10:12 AM GMT on January 17, 2013

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Banff National Park is the oldest national park in Canada, first established in 1885. It has an area of 2,564 sq. mi., or 6,641 sq. km. It is located in SW Alberta, near the border with British Colombia, in the Canadian Rockies. It is a dramatic landscape of glacier-cut mountains, hot springs, glaciers, and lakes.



Banff is unique among national parks in Canada by actually having an incorporated town within its' borders, a town of the same name with a population of about 7600. It serves as a hub for the tourist activities at the park, including golf courses, skiing, hiking, and enjoying the hot springs. It is also one of the most visited parks in Canada, with annual visits approaching 4 million.



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A popular tourist attraction is the Banff Gondola, which takes from the town to the top of Sulphur mountain, where at an elevation of 7484 feet, offers a grand view of Banff. There is a couple of cams at the top of Sulphur Mt., one of which I'm pleased to highlight this week!



From explorerockies.com, the Banff Gondola cam! Full Size
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From National Elk Refuge, the Rustic Inn cam! Full Size
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152. plapman
2:40 PM GMT on February 19, 2013
Good day Ylee.
I hope I closed the gate before this system makes it your way.
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151. plapman
1:45 PM GMT on February 18, 2013
Good morning Ylee.
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150. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
12:12 PM GMT on February 03, 2013
Ylee has created a new entry.
149. Ylee
2:36 AM GMT on February 03, 2013
Good evening! Another chilly one in progress! Let's see if I have better luck, and get that new blog posted!

Apparantly I was a day ahead of myself, since I thought today was the 3rd! Silly me! Tomorrow will be my 2nd anniversary!

janet, Sandi, ycd, and GG, I figured one of you eagle eyes would notice my goof!

Tried to find out what all the fuss was in Place Stanislas, but no info was to be had! From what little I've read, there seems to be some sort of protest often there, so who knows?

Don't remember seeing a rabbit there before, bug, but I'm not sure. Wouldn't be surprised!

Hong Kong's pretty cool, but I wouldn't want to visit there, especially with the smog!
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148. palmettobug53
12:26 AM GMT on February 03, 2013
Jeeze, how does anyone live in Hong Kong with all that smog?
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147. palmettobug53
2:56 PM GMT on February 02, 2013
I think it was a cat. It was kind of hard to see, as it was hunkered down. Tabby looking, with a darker stripe down the back. No big tail, so I know it wasn't a coon. Too small, I think, to be a bobcat.

I spotted something last night that, the closest I could guess, was a rabbit. It didn't look like the 'cat' from the night before and I thought I could see big ears. I couldn't get a good look and it didn't move around. The next thing I knew, it was gone. So, no valid ID on that one, either. I can't imagine why a rabbit would be out at that time of night, though.

Looking forward to the new blog and seeing what cams you've selected for us this time.
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146. ycd0108
2:53 PM GMT on February 02, 2013
Speaking of long strange trips:

Happy third year Ylee.
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145. GardenGrrl
2:51 PM GMT on February 02, 2013
Happy WU-Versary

Wow something is up at Stanislas. Crowd of about 200 with flags/signs. At least 15 visable cops. Hope it's a ground hog day celebration.
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144. sandiquiz
1:55 PM GMT on February 02, 2013
Hey, Happy anniversary... only two years? It seems much longer:)
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143. janetlee
1:43 PM GMT on February 02, 2013
Happy Anniversary!
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142. Ylee
12:45 PM GMT on February 02, 2013
Time to go home! Today marks my two year WU anniversary! Been a long, strange, fun trip so far! :' )

Be back tonight!
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141. Ylee
10:19 AM GMT on February 02, 2013
Well, the best laid plans.....I've had some unexpected work thrust upon me, so no new blog today! :P I should get it done on the morrow!
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140. Ylee
8:17 AM GMT on February 02, 2013
It's snowing again....

Coon at the feeder!

Found my last cam; now to put the blog together!
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139. Ylee
4:38 AM GMT on February 02, 2013
Good evening! Back on nights for the next three nights! Colder than heck kere still, although the wind has shifted out of the south, and is warming a little.

Going to try to find the last cam tonight for the new blog. If I find it early enough, I'll get the new blog up tonight. If not, it'll be tomorrow!

Six deer at the feeder cam at the moment!

Wab, bug: don't know if the cold temps have an influence on them, but the deer have decended on the corn in force! Or maybe it's the new salt block? Don't remember seeing a cat before; maybe it's looking for a bon bon! :' )

Sandi, I'm always working too hard! Okay, maybe that was a little fib! Alright, that was a big fat one, lol!

Hi, Shen! Good to see you around! I'm always glad when I post a cam that connects with someone! I'll bet those were some great stories!

Happy February, Janet! No dogs here, just an electric heater cranked up wide open! :' ) The old blogs are a useful tool to me, as I re-use the HTML from the old blogs whenever I use the cam again in a new one!
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138. janetlee
9:03 PM GMT on February 01, 2013
Happy February!
since all the cams are sort of quiet here I have been visiting your archives. I LOVE that you have left them instead of deleting at the end of their run.
Looks as if its time to start looking around for a few more dogs tonight :) suppose to be a cold one...
take care
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137. ShenValleyFlyFish
7:11 PM GMT on February 01, 2013
Great choices as always.

When my DDD (dear departed Dad) felt nostalgic for the Old Country he would play this song and tell tales of hitch-hiking from Ontario to Banff Park during The War Years. Thanks for the memory,

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136. palmettobug53
5:37 PM GMT on February 01, 2013
Things are always pretty quiet when I check in around noon. I have better luck after work. If I can manage to stay awake long enough!
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135. sandiquiz
4:03 PM GMT on February 01, 2013
Hi ho Ylee:-)

Snow gone in Stanislas and sunset in Milos. The odd fat little squirrel at the feeder and nothing much else.

Hope you are OK and not working too hard!
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134. palmettobug53
3:31 AM GMT on February 01, 2013
There's a cat hunkered down at the feeder cam. It looks like a grey tabby. After any rats that might be after the corn?
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133. palmettobug53
2:22 AM GMT on February 01, 2013
Rats.... I missed 'em!
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132. whitewabit (Mod)
1:29 AM GMT on February 01, 2013
Quoting whitewabit:


there are 6 now and maybe another in the shadows ..


WHOA hit the jack pot !!! 8 deer at the feeder ..
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131. whitewabit (Mod)
1:26 AM GMT on February 01, 2013
Quoting palmettobug53:
OOOOH! Three deer at the feeder cam!

I hit the jackpot!


there are 6 now and maybe another in the shadows ..
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130. palmettobug53
1:05 AM GMT on February 01, 2013
OOOOH! Three deer at the feeder cam!

I hit the jackpot!
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129. Ylee
12:21 AM GMT on February 01, 2013
It's snowing like crazy out there! Don't know how long it will last, though!

Time to go home! Be back tomorrow night!
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128. Ylee
5:36 PM GMT on January 31, 2013
Found a new cam for the next blog; I think you'll like it!

Janet, hope you liked the warm temps from earlier in the week; they are long gone for the time being!

Mornin', Todd!

ycd, why should Gunther have to buy tobacco, when all he has to do is visit you? :' )
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127. ycd0108
4:38 PM GMT on January 31, 2013
Good morning Ylee:
Both.
However, nowadays I don't get much done by myself. Gunther has worked with me for more than 20 years and is still willing to put up with me. He quit buying tobacco some years ago but I can't expect a "reformed" smoker to
ride with me smoking in the cab and not have the urge to light one up.
In fact I admire the fact he can smoke with me and not fall back into the easy trap to buy a pack now and then.
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126. toddluck
4:08 PM GMT on January 31, 2013
morning
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125. janetlee
3:18 PM GMT on January 31, 2013
cooler & breezy here also..noticed raindrops on VI cam so not a good day for the beach either.
Take care!
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124. Ylee
2:00 PM GMT on January 31, 2013
Good morning! A minor malfunction at work has ground things to a halt, so I figured I'd jump in here while I had the chance! Dang cold and breezy this morning, temps are about 30 with a stiff NW wind!

Haven't checked the Glitch cams, but the others look OK, albeit cloudy! Will try to do some scouting later!

Bug, have you seen the street cleaners that show up at the China cam at about 6AM local? If I remember, they brooms and mops, and everything is done via manual labor!

Alley, I'd like to do a feeder cam too, along with a "back of the farm" cam, but I don't have the resources for such an undertaking! Maybe someday!

Shore, I'm glad it's pretty there; the only thing pretty here is that it's pretty cold, lol!
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123. shoreacres
1:25 PM GMT on January 31, 2013
Lots of sunshine this morning - and a herd of squirrels at the feeder came. It looks like things are greening up there a bit. It may just be that I'm not used to seeing it in sunshine.

It's pretty at Milos this morning, too. And it's pretty here. Hope it's pretty where you are and that your day goes well!
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122. Alleyoops
1:01 PM GMT on January 31, 2013
Burrrrrr....good morning Ylee. Rather chilly start this morning. Winter is back. Windy and cold today with overcast skies. Oh well it is the last day of January.

I see they have a new salt block in the feeder cam. Squirrels and even a bunny is visiting the corn feast. I could just see having it here. The crows would be keeping everyone else away as they prance around thinking they own yard. LOL

Hope you have a great day and stay warm.
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121. palmettobug53
1:35 AM GMT on January 31, 2013
yep, I noticed the Christmas tree is gone.

Those night time views of the cams are kinda cool, when there's lights twinkling.

Feeder cam's deserted but some folks are coming down the street at the China cam. Maybe they're shopowners, coming to open up for the day.
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120. Ylee
12:31 AM GMT on January 31, 2013
Hi, Alley! You owe me a beer, if I drank beer, lol! Roast beef sounds good!

Front has passed here too, and I can already feel the cold! I noticed the tree was gone, too. Must have heard me talking earlier, lol!

Take care!
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119. Alleyoops
12:27 AM GMT on January 31, 2013
Ylee, good evening. The Xmas tree is gone is gone, the elk are near the fence and its starting to get cooler out. We were in the low 60s when I got up around 4:30 AM and it gradually cooled down to 48 by this afternoon. Tomorrow will be a cool 28F. Our early spring is over, did we not go through something similar last year too just before Groundhog Day? Just not as warm.

Anyway hope your safe and reasonably dry. I see a lot of severe flooding in the East along with that devastating tornado that hit Adairville, GA. So sad.

Well time for a coffee and maybe something sweet for dessert after my roast beef dinner.

Keep safe dear ones.
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118. Ylee
12:27 AM GMT on January 31, 2013
Pretty busy day; didn't get a lot done, but busy, nonetheless! :P

Ycd, does Gunther=work=cigs, or is Gunther the type that always bums cigs? :' ) Or both, lol!

Have a good night, Tony, and stay out of trouble while the Queen's at work! :' )

Time to go home! Be back tomorrow!
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117. plapman
11:16 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Good evening Ylee.
Enjoy your night.
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116. ycd0108
6:07 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Ylee:
Always good to know you are somewhere around here. Gunther just arrived so I should go find some cigarettes.
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115. Ylee
6:03 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
You're welcome, WG, and thanks for popping in! Always good to see a new face around here!

Coyote and fox bon bons, who'da thunk, bug? :' )

Yeah, Rob, the lights from the buildings are lighting up the clouds, giving the scene a dramatic look! Pretty cool!

Lights are no longer on the Stanislaus tree; wonder if they'll take it down soon?
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114. RobDaHood
5:53 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Surfer's Paradise cam looks rather surreal.
Pretty cool!
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113. palmettobug53
5:29 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Things are quiet. Night time, for the most part, when I check in at lunch.

Dreary looking at the Elk Refuge.

Fat Albert and friends stocking up at the feeder cam. I fully expect them to get so fat they lose their ability to walk, hop and leap. They'll just lie there, eating corn like bon bons.
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112. WunderGirl12
3:00 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Interesting article Ylee! :-) I liked the webcams.

Thanks!

WunderGirl12
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111. Ylee
2:58 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Good morning, from soggy Kentucky! Had about an inch at the house last night, which puts our total for the month over 4". I think water table is full enough! Also got some 30-40 mph winds last night, nothing severe, thank goodness! Still in the 50s, but it's supposed to drop all day, until it gets down in the 40s by dark!

Cams look OK. I'll have a new blog up by the end of the week; all I need is a new cam from Europe, and a new cam from Asia, and it'll be ready!

Bug, yes, you, lol! This has been a bad weather week for almost everyone! Mud and puddles are everywhere here!

Janet, that sounded rough in your neck of the woods, especially since ya'll don't have the winter road equip they do up north! We were ready as could be expected for last week's freezing rain, but the road were still slick for the morning commute, and schools were closed!

That's me, Sandi, a glutton for punishment(and a decent paycheck, too, lol)!

Going to the USVI twice in the spring, Trauma? That's awesome! Have a great time while the rest of us slog away with our dreary lives! ;' )

Hi, GG! I've seen the Spindl cam in the summer, and it still looks inviting! It's obviously a fun place to go; they have ATV's to rent! :')

Hi, Oz! Outside of WU, we don't get much news of what's going on weather-wise about other parts of the world! :( Heck, most of the time, the weather news here is pushed aside over whatever foolishness is going on in Washington and Hollywood! :P

Briar, I think the elk refuge is as much tourist attraction as it is refuge! At least the folks at the Rustic Inn are taking advantage of it!(And so are we, lol!)

"Now that I can get back at it for a full eight or nine hours (with luck) I've been coming home really tired."

Ya think, Shore? That would poop out a person 1/3 your age! Too much work and no play makes Shore(and ylee, calling the kettle black) a dull yahoo! :' )
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110. palmettobug53
1:21 AM GMT on January 30, 2013
Nothing much moving. Nighttime on most of them. China Cafe must be really, really early in the a.m. Daylight but everythng's shut.

Brisbane looks nice.

Feeder cam is uninhabited at the moment.

Hope you're enjoying your time off.
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109. shoreacres
1:18 AM GMT on January 30, 2013
Oh, my. Everything is quiet, quiet. Dark, empty - even the blue-light tree is dark. Guess I'll just tippy-toe out and come back when there's some sunshine - or some feeder cam action.

Four days off, huh? Good for you. I'm trying to round back into shape - the holidays and winter-short days mean fewer hours. Now that I can get back at it for a full eight or nine hours (with luck) I've been coming home really tired. But this week seems better. ;)
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108. BriarCraft
12:57 AM GMT on January 30, 2013
Brisbane has got a lovely day happening, though with 86F at 10:30am, it's going to be another hot one.
A few elk grazing in the snow as dusk settles in at Jackson Hole. That Elk Refuge is right on the edge of town, by the way.

Hope you're having a good 4 days off, Ylee!
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107. palmettobug53
5:29 PM GMT on January 29, 2013
Hi!

Fat Albert and family at the feeder. Lots of the others look like they're having some nasty weather. Yech.
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106. GardenGrrl
10:46 AM GMT on January 29, 2013
Good Morning. The more I see Spindly land, the more I want to go there. Usually so not a snow and cold weather person.
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105. ozgalah
6:12 AM GMT on January 29, 2013
Hi Ylee
Brisbane looks much better today! Some severe flooding in Queensland and New South Wales haven't heard current news so don't know yet how bad it has got.
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104. traumaboyy
5:52 AM GMT on January 29, 2013
Good morning to a cloudy Milos!!

Good morning gang!!

Sure is quiet in here!!
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103. GardenGrrl
10:41 AM GMT on January 28, 2013
Good Morning, Milos is indeed looking like a nice place to go bird watching today...even if it's a cement pelican.
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102. sandiquiz
9:56 AM GMT on January 28, 2013
Well, look who came back! You are a glutton for punishment! lol
Still smoggy in HongKong, more snow in Spindleuv, the cyclone is really hitting Brisbane, but it is a beautiful morning in Milos!

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