Western Canada: The Road to Golden

Continued from Through Kootenay to Radium Hot Springs

Note:  Our trip to Canada was taken in May 2008

After exploring the length of Kootenay National Park in British Columbia, we decided to drive from the village of Radium to Yoho National Park.

This hour-long stretch of the 95, known as The Road to Golden, proved to be one of our favorite places in the Canadian Rockies — and it’s not even part of a national park.

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Western Canada: Through Kootenay to Radium Hot Springs

Continued from
The Almost-Road to Jasper – Part 2

Note:  Our trip to Canada was taken in May 2008.

Most Canadians know about Kootenay National Park in British Columbia, but it’s not a huge draw for tourists from elsewhere.  With fewer crowds, though, there are more opportunities to find your own little corners of nature.

Your reward for making it all the way along its hour-and-change length is a soak in a naturally-heated hot springs straight out of (a gentler version of) the Eastern Bloc.

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Western Canada: The Almost-Road to Jasper – Part Two

 

Note:  Our trip to Canada was taken in May 2008

Just past Peyto Lake in Banff National Park was the unmarked Upper Waterfowl, little more than a tree-lined turnout on the west side of the road.  

A fifty-something Scotsman and a young woman were taking a lunch break at the turnout, their heavily-laden bicycles cast aside for the moment; they encouraged us to check out the lake at the bottom of the hill and said they’d join us presently to enjoy their pudding by the water. [Read more…]

Western Canada: The Almost-Road to Jasper – Part One

Continued from Moraine Lake

Note:  Our trip to Canada was taken in May 2008

Peyto Lake in Banff National Park

Along the way from Banff National Park to Jasper, you pass short hikes to gorgeous rivers and lakes, as well as a gift store/deli/ice cream counter/cafe where you can reward yourself with that most precious of Canadian treasures — crystallized maple sugar candy.

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Western Canada: Moraine Lake

Continued from Lake Louise

In late May in the Canadian Rockies of Banff National Park, night doesn’t fall until 10pm.  The soft evening light invites romance, as well as a few more hours outdoors. 

It’s the perfect time to visit Lake Louise’s pretty cousin, Moraine Lake.

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