Day 4: Cranbrook to Pincher Creek

Trip Start Jun 30, 2012
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Trip End Jul 05, 2012


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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

On Day 4 of the roadtrip, the British Columbia portion came to an end. Welcome Alberta!

Cranbrook to Fernie
I got up early for the 1hr 10m drive to Fernie to have breakfast. As it was going to be a busy day, I only stopped in Fernie for food. I did though see that there was a Heritage Walking Tour created by the Fernie and District Historical Society. 

Fernie to Frank Slide
40 min later I arrived in Sparwood to view the World's Biggest truck. 10 seconds later I was back on the road to the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. This attraction is another 'must-see'. There are viewpoints, displays and a short movie about the Frank Slide. The entrance fee is $10 per person.

Frank Slide to Fort Whoop-Up in Lethbridge
Entering Alberta, the mountains were left behind and a new landscape of rolling hills unexpectedly covered with wind turbines. If I were to travel in this area again, I would do a tour of these wind turbines.

The attraction I travelled to Lethbridge to see is the Fort Whoop-Up ($7), a National Historic Site of Canada. I was not disappointed. The exhibit is designed to allow visitors to walk through the 'Fort' with narrations at virtually every room. I liked the fact that they had choices of narrations that were either short or long in duration. I have included a number of pictures below from this picturesque attraction.

Lethbridge to Waterton
From Lethbridge I travelled southwest into the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park (Waterton Lakes National Park). The Park has been called the "Jewel of the Chinook Country" and it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rolling prairie gave way to woodland, glacial ice sheets and mountains. The scenery was breath-taking. Any visit would not be complete without a visit to the Prince of Wales Hotel. 

Waterton to Twin Butte
From a recommendation in the 'Alberta: Book of Musts', I stopped at the Twin Butte General Store for Mexican Food. Yes, southern Alberta for Mexican. I had the burrito and it was mouth watering. The store also hosts musicians in a cozy adjoining room. 

Twin Butte to Pincher Creek
A short trip to Pincher Creek for the night. I could not fill my tank with gas as the local gas station ran out of gas. Dinner was at Luigi's Steakhouse on Freebairn Avenue. The service was good but my over-salted veal cutlet at a price of $18.25 was disappointing. The other disappointment was that their Greek salad was made with lettuce. (for the record, Greek salad should NEVER be made with lettuce)

Highlights:

1.  Frank Slide http://www.history.alberta.ca/frankslide/

The town of Frank was fast asleep on the morning of April 29, 1903.  Suddenly a huge wedge of rock tumbled down from the top of Turtle Mountain, burying part of the town and killing 90 people. The Interpretive Centre is a world-class faciliy with excellent views of the slide

2.  Fort Whoop-Up http://www.fortwhoopup.ca

Established by Montana fur traders in 1869, Fort Whoop-Up was a whiskey post founded by scoundrels seeking profit and adventure. Contraband liquor and firearms esculated the violence and corruption at the site led to the formation of the North West Mounted Police in 1873. There are exhibits, interpretive tours, interactive programs, food services and picnic facilities.


3.  Waterton Lakes National Park  Website

UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enough said.

4. Twin Butte General Store  http://www.twinbuttestore.ca

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