Drive through BC - 2006

We live in and near the mountains but seldom take the time to enjoy them. With Tracy and Paul here for a few weeks we did take off and drive through the BC Interior and the Rocky Mountains to Banff. We had lived in Kamloops and Revelstoke for many years and it was a joy to return to one of the most beautiful areas in the world.

Above Left: We stayed at Three Valley Gap for our first night. A very spectacular location, and the mountain just above this chalet was the mountain that the CPR surveyor Rogers climbed to prove he had found the final route through the mountains.

Above Right:  Revelstoke, we lived here for 5 years in the 1980's and the town looks better now than it did then. It is famous for trees and grizzly bears as the statues above indicate.

Above Left:  The Revelstoke Dam was under construction during our years in the town and I drove past it each day on my way to work at the Goldstream Mine. The reservoir is now flooded and stretches a total of 90 miles, the last dam constructed on the Columbia River.

Above Right:  Gail and Tracy standing on the face of the dam with the Columbia River behind. All of the water running in the river has passed through the turbines.

Above Left:  Rogers Pass on the Trans Canada Highway. This rugged pass was used as a means to cross the Rockies by the CPR, the first railway to reach the West Coast. The highway itself was not completed until the 1960's.

Above Right:  Paul and Tracy pose in the Pass, these photo’s were taken at the Summit of the Pass at elevation 4,360 feet.  The railway tunnels lay hundreds of feet below this high point. The Connaught tunnel was driven in 1916 and was 5 miles long. The MacDonald tunnel was completed in 1988 and is 9 miles in length.

Above Left:  As we cross the upper Columbia River, we leave the Selkirk Mountains behind and view the Rocky Mountains for the first time, quite different from the Selkirks but just as beautiful to view.

Above Right:  The spiral tunnels at Field, BC. The grades were too steep for the trains as the railway descended to the west side of the Rockies through Kicking Horse Pass, so two spiral tunnels were driven, the one above the upper one. You can see the locomotive in red passing over the end cars in the same train below, the tunnel being over a mile in length.

Above Left:  Takakka Falls in Yoho Park. The second highest falls in Canada at almost 1,000 feet. The water in the falls drains a glacier up above the crest. Not sure why I took my glasses off for this one, but just wanted to record my presence at the falls!

Above Right:  Gail on the streets of Banff. We stayed two nights in Banff but only spent one evening around the town. It is a very vibrant and upbeat place, with a literal United Nations feeling while walking the streets, people from everywhere.

There have been many photos taken of Lake Louise, I include two more taken on our visit.

Above Left:  Tracy took this one from the glacier end of Lake Louise looking back at the Chateau Lake Louise

Above Centre:  Tracy took this one, a little different angle on the place, still quietly beautiful despite the presence of thousands of tourists.

Above Right:  Tracy and Paul with the more traditional view looking from the Chateau down towards the glacier at the end of the lake.

Lake Louise, one of the most photographed lakes in the world. Hundreds of people line up at one end of the lake to try and capture the serene beauty of it all. There is an almost deathly mountain silence as thousands drink in this sight.

Above Left:  Moraine Lake, also in Banff National Park, located at quite a high elevation at about 6,000 feet with 10,000 ft. mountains  surrounding

Above Right:  Johnson Canyon, located between Lake Louise and Banff, a narrow canyon in grizzly country. In fact a fellow in the parking lot had photos of a grizzly he had just taken as he had entered the parking lot.

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On to the Interior of BC

Lake Louise and Banff

One of the most visited areas in the world. It is always a pleasure driving through Banff National Park and viewing the beauty of Lake Louise.