Canada 2009 - Facts and Information
Day by Day 3: Waterton & Kootenay
Into the mountains and heading north



 Around Edmonton
 Ukrainian Village 1
 Ukrainian Village 2
 Fort Edmonton 1
 Fort Edmonton 2

 Fort Edmonton 3
 Fort Edmonton 4
 To Meadow Lake
 The Battlefords
 Nth Battleford WDM
 Fort Battleford

 Wasmuth Homestead
 Saskatoon WDM
 Around Saskatoon
 To Moose Jaw
 Moose Jaw WDM
 South of Moose Jaw
 To Val Marie
 Aqueducts & Dinosaurs

 Waterton Lakes 1
 Waterton Lakes 2
 Waterton Lakes 3
 To Cranbrook
 Fort Steele
 To Kaslo
 New Denver & Arrow Lake
 Trout Lake

 Rogers Pass
 Kootenay Natnl Park
 Banff Natnl Park
 Icefields Parkway 1
 Icefields Parkway 2
 Jasper 1
 Jasper 2
 To Grande Cache
 Peace River
 Back to Edmonton



9 June
Mist over the valley but clear when we left. Pleasant drive south through rolling hills. Brief stop at Taber to buy some lunch then on but weather deteriorating rapidly. Called in at Stirling Mormon village but not a lot to see.
On to Cardston to get stocked up with some food for a few days. Wet, but improving as drove through nice hils on approach to mountains. Arrived Waterton Townsite for three nights. Crandell Mountain Lodge, Waterton Townsite.
VERY POOR AND EXPENSIVE - AVOID. This was the most expensive place we stayed and it was almost unacceptable. Bathrooms were clean but room was in need of a deep clean. Kitchenette was poky with poor equipment. Reception staff helpful but it appears the place is under new management who have let it go down hill badly.

10 June
Superb day, drove up Akamina Parkway to top where quite a bit of snow from day before and still freezing. Did some walks then came back down slowly doing assorted walks on way. Very good country and few people around. On return explored Waterton Townsite.

11 June
Another great day for drive up Red Rock Parkway. More open country at bottom than previous day with good views over foothills. Red Rock Canyon short walk but interesting. Walk to Blakiston Falls is OK but beyond falls is excellent. Snowshoe trail was boring on the bit we did. Returned to park entrance and Buffalo Paddock (puzzle - find the buffalo) but nice views. Viewpoint by Prince of Wales Hotel impressive. Set out to walk nature trail by hotel but stumbled across black bear sow and two small cubs so retreated.

12 June
Heading for Crowsnest Pass stopped at Leitch Colliery site then into BC and detour to Elkford (waste of time and petrol). Stopped in Fernie and explored town centre, very couth place. On to Cranbrook for two nights. Now hot. Elizabeth Lake Lodge, Cranbrook. Newly built block with small but excellently equipped rooms, very high standard maintained by friendly young owners. Is right next door to nature reserve with lake with direct access from lodge. No breakfast. Highly recommended.

13 June
Early walk round nature reserve then to Fort Steele for excellent (if hot) day. Back via Kimberley Mine Railway for trip into mine. Quite an interesting ride and vist. Kimberley town centre based on Alpine village and is tweely naff. Marysville Falls worth a short walk.

14 June
Pleasant drive to Creston, Wetland Wildlife Centre shut and walks a bit uninspiring. On to Kootenay Bay which was disappointing run as trees blocked views of lake. Went to Pilot Bay lighthouse, nice view over lake but hazy. Crawford Bay Inn Motel, Crawford Bay. Plain and simple motel with basic facilities, good value, spotlessly clean. Very close to ferry.

15 June
Out early to ensure catching first ferry. Dampish morning so lingered at other side of ferry. Stopped at Kokanee Creek park to do some walking on atmospheric morning. Drove to Nelson, didn't like it and couldn't find parking so drove on. Eleanor fancied detour to Castlegar which would have been waste of time had we not found an excellent wine store there and bought some serious Okanagan reds. Headed for Silverton, did some exploring on quiet back road on other side of valley to highway which was worthwhile. Road past lake is impressive with excellent view point just south of Silverton, pleasant and very quiet village where we spent three nights. William Hunter Cabins,Silverton. Decent size lodge in log cabin in centre of village, OK but did not sparkle.

16 June
Drove over to Kaslo on very scenic road. On way went to see Sandon ghost town which was interesting and in superb setting. Walk along old railway worthwhile. Kaslo a lovely quiet place with good views. SS Moyie, the steamboat, is excellent.

17 June
North to Nakusp via scenic road but weather iffy. Nakusp pleasant but uninteresting. Drove down Arrow Lake but weather still catchy and a lot of forest, though nice views by the lake. Not a very worthwhile day, but cleared into amazing evening so went south to viewpoint.

18 June
Had looked round New Denver then over to Kaslo on lovely morning, but then turned north onto scenic Highway 31 past Trout Lake. Tarmac runs out and gravel road gives good riverside views before climbing into forest where it becomes a bit rough above Trout Lake, but good views. Trout Lake is quiet ghost town with interesting hotel. Took ferry from Galena Bay then on to Revelstoke for three nights. Drove up Meadows in the Sky Parkway but only saw trees. Swiss Chalet Motel, Revelstoke. Reasonable motel, pleasant room, helpful staff, good breakfast, quite busy.

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