It had rained the previous day and through the night. But in the morning the clouds began to break apart and we could see that it had snowed at the high elevations. As it turned out, the top of Sulphur Mountain had about 3 inches of fresh snow.
We took one of the early gondola rides to the top, as we worried that the clouds would return. Fortunately, we had plenty of warm clothes. We knew before arriving in the Canadian Rockies that June could be a cold month and that snow should be anticipated.
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The panorama below was spliced together from four individual images. If you look carefully you can see the Canadian flag on a flagpole next to the gondola station. The pictures for the panorama were taken about half way along a very nice boardwalk that connects the gondola terminal to an observation building.
In two of the images below you can see the town of Banff. The river that runs through town is the Bow River. You can't tell from the pictures, but the Bow River was raging well above its banks. Rains had been heavy but this is also a time of snow melt in the mountains. You can easily see the brown color of the water.