Canadian Rocky Mountains Series

Traveling the Mighty Trans Canada Highway from Calgary to Castle Mountain Junction

The Trans Canada Highway (#1) transverses Canada from the West Coast to East Coast, Pacific Ocean to Atlantic Ocean, and through 10 provinces. In this blog post we are entering the Rocky Mountains on the Trans Canada Highway as we travel west from Calgary. As we travel we will be awed by the sight of some of our favorite mountains, as they loom over the road.

This sign welcomes us into the Rocky Mountains.

Do you think that we might see a grizzly bear?


Cascade Mountain

As mighty as the Trans Canada highway is, it becomes barely a ribbon with these immense mountains looming over it.

Depending on the time of year, the Trans Canada highway might be busy with traffic or almost empty.

Near Banff on the Trans Canada Highway

Although we won’t be exiting to visit Banff today, this is where the exits to Banff are.

Castle Mountain

Castle Mountain dominates the landscape as we reach our exit at Castle Mountain Junction. Instead of continuing on the Trans Canada Highway to Lake Louise, we will continue this particular journey southward on Hwy 93

 Before we do that let’s pause here to take a moment to look at Castle Mountain. (Castle Mountain is the header image of the “One Canadian Back in Canada” section.)

As we drive along the Bow River we can see Castle Mountain looming in the distance. Notice how empty the highway is? That is probably because in this picture we are traveling late October. Although technically still Autumn, winter is looming. The mountains have snow on them and tourist season is over.

We’ll just take this generous pullout and stop for some pictures. There are toilets, trash bins, and even an informative play center for those kids to burn off some energy. Anyway, who can resist a chance to gaze at this view? The Bow River sparkles in the sunshine and Castle Mountain looms in the distance.

My sister, Annette, is good company. She is also the one who has been taking a lot of these fabulous pictures of the snow capped mountains while I have been driving. 

Time to continue our journey. We will be leaving the Trans Canada Highway shortly. Goodbye Castle Mountain. Stay tuned for “Following the Kootenay River on Hwy 93.” But first we will have to talk about the bears in “Grizzly and Black Bear Alert.”  Bye for now.