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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.