We missed Banff township altogether - the signage was confusing. We learnt later on that even the locals can't find Banff! We figured it would be just another ski town and we had plenty of those yet to ride through.
We stopped at a rest area and was amused that the car park could hold a hundred vehicles yet there was only ONE toilet!
We were thrilled with our Lake visit but the time came to depart and we headed back down the mountain to fuel up. We heard the thunder rumblings again and figured we couldn't get away with not being rained on twice. We donned our rain suits (thanks for the Jackson Racing Won-Z's Martin) and away we went entering Jasper National Park - as 'Seniors'. We decided it was not for us to argue, paid our reduced entry fee, and away we went.
We pulled in at 'The Crossing' as we definitely needed a break. At this point the rain had all but disappeared. We were told the Hotel had hot soup on offer so that's where we went. We were pleased to see a big log fire and immediately felt warmer.
We took a while to thaw out but am pleased to say that the new rain suits worked a treat. Not one drop of water got through - we were amazed.
We donned the waterproofs again and left at 6.00pm and headed north through the Jasper National Park. Fortunately for us there was no more rain and despite the low cloud we could see the mountains and the many glaciers en-route.