Through the Crowsnest Pass

Trip Start Nov 11, 2010
Trip End Dec 18, 2010

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Thursday, November 11, 2010

From McGrath, we headed west across the Reserve and past the fields where Don has worked for the past two months. We traveled on hwy 505 past the St. Mary's and Waterton Reservoirs and into Pincher Creek from the south where we stopped to have lunch.   This is a rural area with little traffic so we took our time and it was a fairly relaxing drive after the rush of the last few days. The morning was calm when we left Welling but by the time we stopped for lunch, the wind was blowing quite strongly from the west - a head wind as we headed into the Crowsnest Pass where wind is the norm.  We had to stop twice to straighten the bikes before Don was finally able to get them stabilized.

When we arrived at the Frank Slide Interpretation Centre we were just in time to catch the first of the two films - one an interpretation of the social history of the Crowsnest Pass and the second, the story of the night of the slide, when the side fell out of Turtle mountain.  The new interpretation centre does an excellent job of using interactive exhibits to tell the history of the area.  There are some great looking walking trails and outdoor exhibits that we bypassed as the wind was very cold and the centre is high and catches its full force.  We will have to go back when it is warmer.  We were also past the Leitch collier before we could stop, so we will have to visit it at a later date as well.

This late in the season, the sun sinks quickly behind the mountains.  It was a great drive through to BC but the light was fading so there are few pictures.  I'm sure we will be back to this highway - it a great way through the Rockies.
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