The drive from Vancouver to Banff can be done in one day but it would be a good 12hr drive with stops for gas, food, and bathroom breaks. I wound up splitting it in two and sleeping in a rest area the first day.
I really enjoyed my drive over to Banff. While I did not get there in one shot, I was not particularly concerned because the drive was so beautiful. Scenes like this were extremely common along the way.
While driving instead of pulling off I took some shots from my window. I know super safe… This overpass is not for cars or people. It is for the safe crossing of animals. Jake had pointed them out to me around Jackson Hole and had told me they were created for the pronghorn migration. According to the national geographic article below, these were built to reduce the amount of ecological impact from the trans Canada highway. http://digitalnomad.nationalgeographic.com/2013/08/23/the-alberta-story-wildlife-crossing-in-banff/
They are not only 6 overpass but 38 underpasses. I think this is a wonderful solution to a common problem of cars slamming into wildlife. Not only does this save lives of animals but undoubtedly drivers as well.
Once in Banff I oriented myself and checked out the supermarket, and stopped in at the visitor center for park information. There I picked up a map to help me decide where I would go. Conditions would be good Monday going forward so I figured I could catch up on writing and head out Monday. I then parked myself in Starbucks until about 10pm. I caught up on replying to comments on the site and writing some content. Through my research I found out there was a nearby Mcdonald’s that was open 24hrs. Excellent! I can continue to write from there. After having a meal at Mcdonalds that made me feel sick, I could no longer focus so I headed to the car. Once at the car I started to back out and felt the car was not operating correctly. My safety brake was not engaged but it was sluggish. I got out and looked at my front drivers side tire and it was as flat as it could get. It’s now somewhere around midnight and I was in no mood to deal with this. I went to my trunk and popped out a fix a flat can I had and used it. It got the tire slightly up and the instructions said that I should drive it 2-4 miles. I did that and then put air in the tire after that. While not perfect it would be enough to get me to an area where I could get it fixed in the morning. I walked back to starbucks to get wifi and found a few places in Canmore, an neighboring town that should be able to replace the tire. I could see the threads of the tire so this was not repairable. After a 20 minute drive I saw a visitor center and decided to check it out to see if I could sleep there. The lot was empty except for a few others sleeping in their vehicles and I decided that I would spend the night there. Worse case scenario, if I had no air in my tire in the morning, I could walk to the visitor center and use their wifi and place a call for a tow.