Beautiful British Columbia & Alberta Too

2 Aug

Their license plate has it right. BC is beautiful!

Our plan for BC was to camp a couple of nights on our way to Banff, which is actually in Alberta. The drive through BC was long but scenic. This is the road into the campground we stayed at on our first night:

The walk down the road had me quoting lines from Anne of Green Gables.

The walk down the road had me quoting lines from Anne of Green Gables.

On our 2 day drive to Banff, I saw my first black bear up close. I was so excited to be so close to a bear (with a truck body in between us) that I never even thought to grab my camera. The bear was grazing along the ditch on the side of the road & was just as surprised to see us as we were to see him.

The dividing line between BC & Alberta is the Canadian Rockies:

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They are beautiful & very different from the US Rockies.

Our time in Jasper & Banff Nat’l Parks was full of mountains,

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waterfalls

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new ground created by avalanches

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& jade colored lakes

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Everywhere you looked was a feast for your eyes.

One of the things the boys favorite stops on their trip to Alaska was a trip to Liard Hot Springs. It was very rustic. As in, they closed the upper hot springs because someone had been mauled by a bear also wanting to use the springs rustic.

Liard Hot Springs. Liard means "smells like poo"

Liard Hot Springs. Liard means “smells like poo”

One the way to the US, there was a place called Radium Hot Springs. We made plans to stop for a swim. When we got there, G~ refused to go because this hot springs looked like a pool

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Eventually he consented but only after he learned that the pools were fed by the hot springs & it was actual hot springs water he’d be swimming in.

I didn’t really care. The pools were 104° & surrounded by mountains.

Even as we were approaching the US, we were treated by more beautiful views:

Ignore the 2 Gavin's & concentrate on the mountains & the lake.

Ignore the 2 Gavin’s & concentrate on the mountains & the lake.

Up next: Glacier Nat’l Park

K~

 

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