Buzzing, we started our hike from the ski house up the short but steep hill. Within 15 minutes we were standing in an alpine meadow with patches of snow, squirrels and alpine anemone flowers around us
. Continuing along we paused at the continental divide plaque which marked the border between Alberta and British Columbia and also the point where the watershed divides between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Next we walked down to the Rock Isle Lake which is usually frozen most of the year and around the back so we could see the mountain range which framed the background.
It was an easy hike, but we were tempted by the lure of a hamburger so we trudged back to base. There are many different hikes that you can do up at Sunshine and that was the shortest so I would love to come back and even try the 29km hike to Mount Assiniboine (the Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies). On the ride back, we saw a black bear cross the road and run off. Unlike the Grizzlies, he wasn’t interested in being photographed!
Today Adam and I had a free ticket up to Sunshine Meadows which is the name given to the Sunshine Village Ski Resort when there isn't enough snow to ski! We got picked up at 3:30pm from town and transported around 20kms west of town to the top of the gondola by an old yellow school bus. There were about 20 of us and as we arrived at the car park, the driver spotted a Mama Grizzly Bear and her 3 cubs (a rarity) feeding on grass and dandelions by the side of the road. We all got out our cameras and took about 20 million photos while they sat quite uninterested in their spectators. After 10 minutes the Parks Canada ute pulled up and the bears were off back into the forest! It was certainly a fantastic sight!