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Touring the Mountains

Stopped for a snack and to enjoy the view just east of Nordegg, Alberta.
Stopped for a snack and to enjoy the view just east of Nordegg, Alberta.

Part of our plans for our 6 weeks in Western Canada is for a 2 week road trip through Central Alberta and British Columbia visiting friends. I had decided that even though I grew up in this area I was going to treat this trip like I was a tourist and soak in every area. It was worth the change in view point.

I would have to say the most spectacular portion of the trip so far has been the drive west on Highway 11 to the Icefield Parkway (Hwy 93) and down through Banff National Park. The majesty of the Rocky Mountains is hard to put into words. Suffice to say, breathtaking.

Karen enjoying the view by our ride. (Thanks Richard and Angela).
Karen enjoying the view by our ride. (Thanks Richard and Angela).

The heavy clouds threatened rain all day but it held off and instead provided some great background for the beautiful mountains.

Enjoyed fantastic clouds as we drove west of Nordegg.
Enjoyed fantastic clouds as we drove west of Nordegg.

A friend had recommended that we keep an eye out for Abraham Lake as it was very impressive. That turned out to be an understatement. As we drove alongside this lake the incredible turquoise water and rich green forest were awe inspiring.

Looking north across Abraham Lake near Cline River.
Looking north across Abraham Lake near Cline River.
You could see where the area was recovering from a massive forest fire.
You could see where the area was recovering from a massive forest fire.

As we arrived at the gates for Banff National Park we were informed by a very cheerful young lady that it would cost us $19.60CDN to travel the 75km (46 miles) from Saskatchewan River Crossing to Lake Louise on the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93). In hindsight it is a small price to pay and it had just been paved this last summer so the ride was incredibly smooth. It would be perfect for cycling.

Looking west across Waterfowl Lakes.
Looking west across Waterfowl Lakes.

The drive along the Icefields Parkway has been described as one of the most beautiful in the world. It is true. You almost become numbed by the endless vistas of towering mountains, beautiful forest and vibrant lakes. Certainly a drive anyone visiting Western Canada should make every effort to take in.

Looking north from Bow Lake toward Marmot Mountain.
Looking north from Bow Lake toward Marmot Mountain.
Storm clouds were gathering over Bow Lake.
Storm clouds were gathering over Bow Lake.
Looking west across Hector Lake toward the Alberta/BC border.
Looking west across Hector Lake toward the Alberta/BC border.

As we exit Alberta and Banff National Park the beauty continued into British Columbia and Yoho National Park. If you are a train fan this stretch along the TransCanada Highway is a must do. From the Spiral Tunnels to the staging area at Field, BC.

Looking east from Field, British Columbia.
Looking east from Field, British Columbia.

As we approached the end of our day just east of Golden, BC the sun made one last brief appearance. It was the perfect ending to our passage through the Rockies.

The sun poked through the clouds after we got onto Hwy 1 in Yoho National Park. Chancellor Peak appeared to be glowing.
The sun poked through the clouds after we got onto Hwy 1 in Yoho National Park. Chancellor Peak appeared to be glowing. It was the last glimpse of sunshine for a couple of days.

 

 

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

2 comments on “Touring the Mountains

  1. Stunning. I adore Canada 💗

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