Northwest Road Trip: The Canadian Rockies

From Kamloops we drove the Trans-Canada highway (labeled “1” inside a maple leaf) east through the Canadian Rockies. This took a couple days, as we stayed in Salmon Arm BC, and then Golden, BC. In both of these places we were told repeatedly how lucky we were to be here this week when “the weather is so mild!” Which, it was really cold so I don’t know how they do it normally if this was mild.

The first night was driving through a snowstorm which was maybe scary, and also really awesome to see the snow flying at the windshield, illuminated by the headlights. When it cleared and we could actually see the rockies they were fantastic. On the second day we stopped at Lake Louise, which is a beautifully colored lake in the summer, and in the winter is covered with snow and… ice sculptures! Well, they’d just hosted¬†an ice sculpture carving contest the day before we showed up, anyway.

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Canadian money is see-through!

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Massive amounts of snow, as shown by the giant snow hat on top of this roadside outhouse

Massive amounts of snow, as shown by the giant snow hat on top of this roadside outhouse

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Our car battery died in the middle of the mountains at night in 3 feet of snow. We waited approximately 30 seconds before a nice Canadian pulled over to help us out.

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Lake Louise, covered in snow and brave ice-walking families

Lake Louise, covered in snow and brave ice-walking families

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