Monday, September 1, 2008

On the Road from Alberta to British Columbia, Canada (August 7-13, 2008)

I spent a week traveling along Canada’s Highway 1 from Calgary, Alberta to Vancouver, British Columbia, with stops in Banff, Alberta and Sun Peaks, British Columbia. For the most part, the Trans-Canada Highway was a simple two-lane road through beautiful wilderness areas. The scenery ranged from wide open plains in southern Alberta to craggy, snow-covered peaks near Banff; and from dry, scrubby hills in southwestern British Columbia to green coastal forests near Vancouver. Here are just a few photos from the road:

Endless bales of hay on the road north to Calgary (Highway 2)
Driving through the impressive Canadian Rockies; the Rocky Mountains span more than 3000 miles from British Columbia, Canada in the north to New Mexico, U.S.A. in the south
Scenic Highway 1 passes through Banff, Yoho and Glacier National Parks; these three parks, together with Kootenay NP (adjacent to Banff NP), comprise the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site
This train along Highway 1 near Cache Creek, British Columbia seemed to stretch on forever. Two national railways - the CPR and the CNR - laid tracks here in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; the Trans Canada Highway, however, wasn’t completed until 1962.
Not as worrisome as the "Prison Area; Hitchhiking Prohibited" sign I passed in Nevada, U.S.A.!

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