Kootenay Park Lodge...


Pictures online here.

Janice and I took a brief weekend trip to Kootenay Park Lodge. It's about an hour past Banff on highway 93, in Kootenay National Park. Beautiful around there (although I prefer the more rugged "real mountain" look of the Bow Valley around Banff...).

Odd thing with the water there, though. The creeks on the west side of the Continental Divide all had a white chalky appearance, while the ones on the east side (even like 100m apart) are perfectly clear... Very odd. Took some pictures, and it really does look like milk.

Stayed in the Kootenay Park Lodge, which claims to be one of the few remaining CP Lodges (which would make it what, 100 years old? more? less?). It was ok... Old "rustic" cabins... Marginal food... But it was nice and quiet, and they accept pets. We'll likely be back next summer with Sprout and the beasts.

Went down to Invermere while we waited for checkin at KPL. Nice lake. A little icky (full of sediment and stuff from the runoff that is still flooding the valley). It's ok there, though. Some monster nice beach houses across from the Kinsmen Beach. Only 3 hour drive from Calgary, so I'm guessing a lot of oil folks have cabins there.

On the way back into Calgary today, we stopped at Johnson's Canyon to do a little hiking. We were planning on hiking only to the Lower Falls, but we saw another pregnant chick hiking up to the Upper Falls, and Janice won't be out done... Not competitive at ALL. It was a nice hike. Light sprinkle/shower for a bit which was great. Made it all the way to the Upper Falls and back, and got some great pictures too. Oddly enough, there were as many German tourists on the paths as Japanese... Usually it's like 10-1 for the Japanese. Odd coincidence, or indicator of something else? Hmmmm... Oh, and they were all rather ignorant on the paths. Most refused to walk single file (on very narrow paths) to allow others to get by. One Japanese woman crashed right into me rather than move over into single file. Yeesh.

Actually filled the tiny 8MB SmartMedia card in the camera... Definitely going to need a bigger card... Keep this one as a backup.


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Last updated: November 28, 2022