Radium Hot Springs to Calgary
By way of Kootenay National Park and Banff
We left Radium fairly early in the morning, and drove
up highway 93 towards Banff. Very quickly we drove into the snow zone,
and watched the fog grab the surround mountains. We drove down km
of highway, seeing only to the forest at the side of the road.
Our first stop (in the soft
rain) was Numa Falls. The fog was starting to lift and we
could see how beautiful the surrounding mountains were. Walking
the length of the parking lot, I could hear and then see the falls.
The Vermilion River has been carving this valley for a long time, and
the rock around the falls shows the history of this friction.
These rock pictures remind me of the rock in antelope canyon in Arizona.
Back on the road again, we weren't in the
car very long before we came to the paint pots. I visited these
as a child, so I was quite happy to see them again.
By now the clouds are definitely burning off and the views are
spectacular. It really makes me wish I could get out to
beautiful places like this more often.
We have been in small town British Columbia for the last two days so
Banff was a bit of shock. Big stores from Vancouver were here
(Lush, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Club Monaco) as well as the tourist
traps, specialized in removing dollars from Tourists. There were
a few "authentic" retail operations that seemed to represent an older
day, but Banff was thoroughly commercial.
One happy consequence of being so tourist oriented, was great asian
food. We found a small deli style restaurant specializing in
Japanese food and I had a great Curry.
After a short walk around town (yup, just like Whistler - even the shop
workers are imported from Australia), we drove over to the Cave and
Basin to see what it's about. The traffic was a little slow going
down the road and we soon found out why - elk were feeding at the side
of the road. We pulled into the large parking lots and played
tourist, taking photos of the local wildlife.
The Cave and Basin didn't look to attractive, so we drove over to the
Banff Hotel (wow!) and saw the falls.
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