Canada 37, 6th September 2006

I looked at the famous spiral railway tunnels above Field. Very impressive engineering. But I don't know why they did it. To get the low climb level they needed to my mind they could have taken the line up a side valley, built a bridge, then come down the other side. Not very pretty, but then environmental considerations didn't count for much in the early 1900's. A bridge would have cost lots less than a tunnel. But then, I'm not a railway engineer and don't know if that was possible. In any case, if I lived then, and had done that, I probably wouldn't have been as famous as the engineer who designed the tunnels.............

I paused in the village of Lake Louise then headed north along the Icefields Parkway.

I'm really in the Canadian Rockies.

Next is a glacier. Crowfoot I think it's called, because it looks a bit like a crows foot.

This is a lake. Bow Lake actually.

Same lake, different photo.

Now this really is a lake. Peyto Lake. How about that for colour?

Another lake. Or maybe the same one different angle. Who cares? It's real pretty.

Ah. Now this is a canyon. Not real big I'll grant you but fierce, that's for sure.

This is the river just before it rages through that little canyon.

Just a standard Canadian Rockies photo. You see this sort of stuff all the time. The Icefields Parkway is 230 km long from Lake Louise where I started to Jasper where it ends.

About half way up the Parkway there's a road running east. It's actually the only road running our of the park from Lake Louise to close by Jasper. Evening was approaching so I took this road, and after 3 or 4 miles I exited the park, and took the first track off to park for the night. Sometimes wild camping I get absolutely great views. Sometimes I do not. Tonight, at the end of the track, I am next to the shell of an old car and a pile of rusted tin cans.

Best regards

David Barker
On the road in Canada

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