Banff in the spring

This is a view of Cascade Mountain, in Alberta. It's located in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. It stands almost 3,000 metres above sea level (2,998 to be precise) and dominates the view looking north from the town of Banff.

When I drew this about a week ago, I was sitting on a bench on the south side of the Bow River. A walking trail on this bank of the river leads to some rapids about 500 metres further downstream, off to the right.

Cascade Mountain is named after its prominent waterfall in the cliffs on the south face. In winter, the water freezes and attracts avid icewall climbers.

This is also grizzly bear country. While I was there, park rangers were keeping an eye on a bear that had been seen in the area. The region is rich with wildlife, and rangers thought the grizzly was looking for its next meal by following a herd of elk.

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