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Report 1739: Six Weeks in Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC where English Tourists Donít Get to....

By Eleanor from England, Summer 2009

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Page 7 of 9: Radium Hot Springs to Saskachewan Crossing

photo by Eleanor

Castle Mountain from Bow Parkway

From Revelstoke we were heading to Radium Hot Springs we did a detour into Yoho National Park to see Emerald Lake. This is a Ďhoney potí and was quite busy around the car park area. We started to walk around the lake clockwise but watching the rain clouds beginning to collect didnít quite get to the far end before we decided it would be prudent to turn back. This was a pleasant easy walk along the lake shore with a reasonable path and with lots of wild flowers including orchids.

Kicking Horse Pass is quite a road especially at the Golden end when you drive up through the limestone gorge. Our only complaint there were no pull ins so we could park to take pictures.

Weather wasnít good in Radium Hot Springs so we didnít see as much of Kootenay National Park as we hoped. It is worth driving up the road to the Hot Springs for the views across the town. Park up and there is a pleasant walk along the ridge. We enjoyed and can recommend Marble Canyon Walk and also Paint Pots. The colour of the ochre beds is amazing. We also did the Fireweed Trail from the Continental Divide car park. It was interesting but we wouldnít invest the time another time.

From Radium Hot Springs we drove the Ice Fields Parkway to Jasper. An early start meant we could be at Johnson Canyon by 9am. Johnsons Canyon Walk is certainly lived up to the hype, especially going to the upper falls. The path goes along a series of walkways above the river. Aim to be here early. By 11am the car park was full and the walkways very busy.

I know this is heresy and there will be howls of protest but to be honest we felt Icefields Parkway was the one part of the whole holiday which didnít live up to expectation. The weather was dull and cloudy with a lot of haze, which didnít help. We had also driven Crowsnest Pass, Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse and also the road from Kaslo up to Shelter Bay via Trout Lake, so perhaps we were getting a bit blasť by then.

We had allowed two days to do the drive having booked an overnight at Saskatchewan Crossing. This was worth while as it meant we could park up and let the rain showers blow past before continuing with the drive. It also meant we had plenty of time and didnít need to watch the clock.

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