Canada 2009 - Facts and Information
Day by Day 4: Back to Edmonton
Further north in The Rockies, south to Radium Hot Springs then Jasper and a return to the prairies



 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





19 June
Misty, damp morning. Out early had a look at splendid old buildings in this nice town. Michael had to get a routine blood test done (for a frightening price). Visited Railway Museum which was good. Went To Nickelodeon Museum which is an amazing, entertaining and fascinating place.

20 June
Weather looking a bit mixed but headed west to Glacier NP where we found most trails closed due to avalanche risk, but did start of Beaver Creek Trail. Returned to Rogers Pass where visitor centre quite informative and walked along old railway on what had turned into lovely afternoon. On way back to Revelstoke called in at and enjoyed both Giant Cedars and Skunk Cabbage Trails.

21 June
Back through Rogers Pass to Yoho NP to Emerald Lake which was busy. Walked to far end of lake seeing lots of orchids, good scenery too. Returned via Golden to and south into Columbia Valley for pleasant run through nice, quiet counryside to Radium Hot Springs for three nights. Gateway Inn, Radium Hot Springs. Fairly ordinary place with clean but rather cramped and poorly laid out unit. Helpful people but quite a bit of traffic noise. No breakfast.

22 June
Dull day with persistent light rain, low cloud and poor visibility after trip to Invermere for shopping first thing so did nowt.

23 June
Weather improving as drove through Kootenay NP with some very good scenery to go to Johnston Canyon in Alberta (impressive). Returned via Fireweed Trail, Marble Canyon (impressive) and Paint Pots (intriquing) Trails but weather deteriorating. Weather improved after break for tea at Vermillion Crossing.

24 June
Beautiful morning and back through Kootenay NP to Bow Valley Parkway and Lake Louise where carparks getting very busy and toilets still 'closed for season'. Went up to Fairview Lookout but no view at all so waste of time and energy. Back to lake bottom marred by hideous tourist development, view up lake good but (perhaps because weather turning unsettled) fell far short of hype. Then to Moraine Lake which also very busy (carpark almost full - in peak season must be dire). Impressive view of lake. On way back stopped at layby short way down for lunch with splendid views. North on Icefields Parkway which we had expected to be high spot of trip but not as good as we expected, some nice views but still an awful lot of trees. Now dull as walked along Bow Lake (impressive). Path up to Peyto Lake interesting and view at top would be fantastic on nice day, but marred by hordes of noisy people. Further north Mistaya Canyon was worth a visit. The Crossing Resort, Saskatchewan Crossing. Large complex in middle of nowhere so expensive for what it is, friendly reception. Unit bit dated and no kettle or microwave but clean and adequate for one night and virtually nowhere else. Meals available in restaurant and cafeteria.

25 June
Wet start so sat over pot of tea in cafe. Then improved and headed north on glorious morning which did not last. As had all day for short trip decided we would park up for rainstorms which were heavy and slow moving and wait for good weather, had to do this several times but good weather in between. Columbia Icefield marred by huge service centre and crowds so we moved on quickly. Sunwapta Falls worth visit and walk down to lower falls, Athabasca Falls impressive. Liitle Bubble Springs interesting for a few minutes wander. Down to Jasper for four nights. Columbine House, Jasper. Very comfortable, quiet, lower floor unit with continental breakfast provided. Good supply of maps and books with very helpful owner. Highly recommended.

26 June
Fantastic morning so up to Mount Edith Cavell for walkies. Walked up Cavell Meadows Trail as far a open, very quiet and excellent view of Angel Glacier, also plenty of marmots and pikas. Back to main path now getting busy. All very good. Went to do Five Lakes Trail but carpark full and overflowing so to Old Fort Point instead. Hard slog up, reasonable view from top but trail beyond bit ordinary (more trees) and quite steep and loose in places for a lowland walk. Explored Jasper, pleasant but very tourist centred.

27 June
Bright day but not as clear for trip up to Maligne Lake. Busy with overnighters and got busier. Lake from tourist centre was a bit dull but we explored along west edge of lake as far as we could which was good. Maligne Canyon on way back parking at bottom to go up and back. Lower bit ordinary, parts of canyon awe-inspiring. A lot of boot-polished limestone which we suspected could be slippery when wet, and lower path muddy.

28 June
Damp morning so took things steady. Up to Five Lakes Trail (early so empty carpark) for interesting little walk with improving weather. Back to Jasper and up to stables for Patricia Lake Trail with detour to Riley Lake. Good aspen country in places, otherwise a bit ordinary with lots more trees and not many views.

29 June
Superb morning for good run west towards Hinton then north on Highway 40. Wm A Switzer Park nice stop with friendly warden and pleasant little trail. 64km diversion down rough and lonely road to Rock Lake which was very quiet and well worthwhile. Boring run on to Grande Cache, pleasant houses in really very nice country. To Sulphur Gates, all very good. Would have liked more time here. Mount Hamel B&B, Grande Cache. Quite excellent, friendly family B&B with good room. Access to kitchen, very ample DIY breakfast provided. Shared bathroom. Excellent value and highly recommended.

30 June
Good run north initially but weather and view poorer when back on prairie. Sexsmith interesting stop, locals intrigued to see tourists, especially from England. Brief stop at Dunvegan but not much there and now getting wet. Night at Peace River where weather improving. Third Mission Heritage, Peace River. Large very well equipped flat in old Mission. High standards, but bedroom a bit small.

1 June
Dry, cloudy for pleasant run south after local viewpoints. Stopped at Mclennan for nature reserve walk which was very cold, turned wet later. Went for walk at Slave Lake but storm threatening so retreated. Holiday Inn Express, Slave Lake. New building, very comfortable, good breakfast.

2 June
South over Swan Hills (nice) on good morning. Stopped at Fort Assiniboine for interesting little museum then walk in Sandhills Wilderness which interesting. Now very hot for remaining trip to Fort Saskatchewan. Inglis Avenue B&B, Fort Saskatchewan. See 21 May.

3 June
Early departure for leisurely run through Elk Island NP with few walks, then to Nisku to drop off car in good time for flight home.

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