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Day 41 - Sicamous to Calgary

semi-overcast 4 °C

When we went into our hotel room at Sicamous we were almost the only vehicle in the parking lot. We opened our door in the morning to find the parking lot packed with large trucks with snow sleds or snowmobiles. There were even some trucks with trailers full of them. There may have been between 50 and 60 snowmobiles in that parking lot. The one that surprised us most was the one backed into the motel and almost into our door. We had to dodge the back of the snowmobiles to walk down the sidewalk.

Sea of snow sleds

Sea of snow sleds

What met us outside our room

What met us outside our room

The breakfast room was full of hale and hearty young people, mostly men but some women. These folks all seemed to be excited about getting out onto the snow. By the time we finished breakfast many trucks were leaving the parking lot. We had no idea where they were going. Some of them passed us as we started driving toward Calgary. We were only driving the speed limit and these folks were too impatient to reach the snow slopes to dawdle along behind us.

We had good road conditions all the way to Calgary.

We stopped at Craigellachie where the last spike was driven to complete the CPR railroad across Canada.

Last spike sign

Last spike sign

Caboose

Caboose

Diorama

Diorama

Small station building

Small station building

Amusing garbage can

Amusing garbage can

Reta was driving so Art was the photographer from Sicamous to Golden, BC where we stopped for lunch. Art took many fine photos of the mountains. We are just posting the best of them.

Mountain peaks

Mountain peaks

Rogers Pass

Rogers Pass


We crossed the Rogers Pass with ease.

Just after the Rogers Pass we found a semi truck that had gone off the road. It was strange because it was on a straight and level stretch of the highway. We could not see the truck cab as it was likely that far down the mountain slope. There were many workers there hand bombing the boxes out of the distressed trailer and into one sitting on the shoulder of the road. There were at least three or four very large tow trucks at the scene. We have seen these tow trucks on the television but this was the first time we saw them in person. They are very large.

We stopped at the BC Visitors Centre just outside of Golden. We ate our picnic lunch and then went into the centre. The lady there told us about the new highway to be built between Field and Golden. This highway now has only one more stretch to complete. She also told us that the semi truck and trailer had gone off the road the day before. She gave us a free pass for the Canadian National Parks. These free passes are available as part of the 150th anniversary of Canada which is being celebrated this year. People can order these free passes online. We were just fortunate to be at a place where they were being passed out.

Art took over the driving and we continued on down the highway. We certainly appreciated the new straighter stretch from Golden to Field, once we got to it.

Reta was amused by the little snow caps on the fence posts. This fence was built to discourage elk, moose, bears, wolves and other wildlife from crossing the highway and becoming sad statistics.

Snow caps on fence posts

Snow caps on fence posts

We drove through Mount Revelstoke National Park, Glacier National Park, Yoho National Park and then Banff National Park. We drove past Lake Louise townsite and Banff townsite.

We had noticed many frozen waterfalls along our drive but Reta was finally able to catch a good picture of one.

Frozen waterfall

Frozen waterfall

These pictures are of mountains in the Banff National Park.

Mountain near Banff

Mountain near Banff

Another Banff mountain

Another Banff mountain

We drove on to the foothills and said goodbye to the majestic mountains of the Rocky Mountain range.

The sky became more cloudy as we approached Calgary and by the time we reached the city limits there was snow/rain falling.

We drove to IKEA and had a quick visit then drove to Kaitlyn and Brad's apartment in the centre of Calgary.
It was certainly good to see Kaitlyn and Brad. We had a great dinner at a small local Italian restaurant. It was a great day.

Posted by A-RPoulton 08:38 Archived in Canada

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