Saturday, August 13, 2011

Kootenay and the Banff-Windermere Highway

The next "leg" of our Canadian Rocky Mountain trip took us southwest, back into British Columbia and through the Kootenay National Park -- still on Highway 93; here referred to as the Banff-Windermere Highway. This stretch of road, built in 1922, was the first to cross the Canadian Rockies.  Unfortunately, a great number of large animals have been killed on this stretch of road. There are many more warning signs of the presence of wildlife on the roadside.

This illuminated sign alternates in French and English warning of wolves on the highway.
Once again, we crossed the Continental Divide; this time at Vermillion Pass.

Georgeous blue water scenery
Notable wildfires in the Kootenay National Park have occured at Vermillion Pass in 1966, Mount Shanks in 2001 and Tokumm Creek and Verendrye Creek in 2003.

The Village of Radium Hot Springs is at the very southern tip of Kootenay. It's looked like a nice town but we did not stop to see it closely.
Wayne suggests we might glow in the dark after if we stop in this town.

We crossed the border into the US at the Eastpoint, Idaho Customs Inspection Station and made our way into Montana via Scenic US Route 2 East where we planned to meet friends at West Glacier.
Taken through the windshield.
Photos are not permitted within 50 yards of a Border Patrol Checkpoint. 

A Montana Motorhome, I think.

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