Alberta and British Columbia.
As usual, I am drawn away from widely advertised and massively visited places, so I planned our route so as to spend maximum time in beautiful and little-known places, away from the crowds.
Marble canyon. Kootenay National Park. British Columbia. (Kootenay National Park. Marble Canyon).
We arrived in Calgary late in the evening. We took the car and got to the place of the night.
Bad news - we received a letter from Booking in the morning that the owner of the motel booked for the next 2 nights in Radium Hot Springs canceled our reservation. There was no time and desire to deal with all this right now, it would have killed half a day, so we decided to go according to plan, and already on the spot to see what's what.
In the morning we stopped at the super - bought food.
Then we had our purchases at Canmore on schedule.
And now the mountains are meeting us.
A rainbow is a good sign.
On the way, we make a stop for a short snack. Our meeting with the first representative of local animals. Marmot.
In Canmore we go to Canadian Tires - we get a can of spray from bears, a gas can for a burner and a roll of chicken net. What is the latter and why we need it - you will find out later.
And what cars in Alberta! Others here in snow and ice and you will not pass.
Entrance to Banff National Park - buy an annual pass for a group or family up to 7 people (traveling in one car).
There are five of us - and we are going to visit many different national parks many times, so the subscription will pay off many times.
And here is our honest company.
Today is Saturday, and the time is already by noon - on the Banff-Jasper road, cars are in a continuous stream in both directions, there are no places in the parking lots for a long time - and at the entrances to especially famous places cars are parked on the side of the road for a couple of kilometers.
Having calculated this option in advance, we stop where there are almost no cars. A short trail to warm up after flights is Silverton Falls. (Silverton Falls). Taking advantage of the last warm days, someone does canyoning here.
And here is the second representative of the Canadian animals. How many more will there be on our paths - both large and small.
Before leaving highway 1A on road 93, we stopped for lunch.
Now we turn west into Kootenay National Park.
Rocky Mountains. Left - Stanley Glacier.
The first stop in the Kootenay National Park is the Marble Canyon.
The Marble Canyon is the canyon of the Tokumm Creek just above its confluence with the Vermilion River.
Bright turquoise water.
Sheer marble walls.
The higher you go, the narrower and deeper the canyon becomes.
And now the water turns blue somewhere far, far away at the bottom.
The burnt trees are the remnants of a huge forest fire that raged here for 40 days in 2003.
The waterfall bends in several steps at bizarre angles - so you can see it in its entirety only in winter, when the water freezes, coming up to it from below.
Mount Vermilion is behind us.
These are the bridges that connect the route, which runs in eights on different sides of the gorge.
We return to the parking lot. It's time to move on.