Canadian Rocky Mountains Series

Traveling through the Rocky Mountains – Favorite Stops Along the Way

I have traveled through these Rocky Mountains more times than I can count. I am grateful for such a special gift. They are immense, awe inspiring, and beautiful. This will be the first post of several which will highlight this journey.

It can’t all be put into one. 

Canmore, Alberta

Canmore is a pretty town sitting just below the Three Sister’s Mountains. It is the first Rocky Mountain resort town upon leaving Calgary and just before Banff. Everyone knows Banff, but Canmore has kept a low key, and I hope that they continue to do it. Fewer tourists (except for you) leave more room for sport enthusiast locals and people in the know. Canmore has a laid back approachable attitude but with big scenery, lovely shopping, art galleries, and loads of excellent places to eat. It is our favorite. Not to mention that it takes us under 90 minutes to reach from our home. I will most certainly create a blog post in the future focusing on Canmore. Stay tuned.

Although it is mid summer (July) we have run into some unseasonable rainy weather. So we hunker down at our favorite local pitstop – the Rocky Mountain Bagel Company.

Great coffee and melt in your mouth in store baked bagel sandwiches fortify us for the road.

Below left: The patio, usually a popular place isn’t as appealing in the rain.

Below right: The Three Sisters Mountains are hiding themselves in clouds.

A Sneak Peak

Here is a picture of the Three Sisters taken on another (clear) day in Spring, when the mountains still have snow on them. Later, I will tell you the story of how they got their name. 

In the meantime, back to our journey. As is typical, we are heading for Creston, BC, where Diane’s parents have lived until recently. It will take us the whole day to travel since we have a lot of favorite places to stop along the way. The weather improves as we cross the mountains and enter into British Columbia (BC) – as it almost always does. After spending several days in Creston, we head back to Calgary and once again cross the mountains. Here are some of our favorite stops along the way back. 

Fort Steele Farm, B.C.

We don’t always make it here at the right time of day, but if we can, we stop for homemade pie and other baked goods or fruit and fresh eggs. It is so pretty here. Being a farmer is hard work but the setting couldn’t be prettier.

Stopping for the View at Columbia Lake, B.C.

Our very favorite stop is the one for the view. Fortunately the Alberta and BC governments have made sure that there are plenty of generous pull outs so that you can look at the view, soak in the sun, have a picnic, a short walk, and a toilet break.

This looks like a great place to stop for a picnic.

Good thing that I brought sandwiches.

Sometimes our favorite stop is the necessary one.

Now if you will excuse me, I’ll see you later…

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