West 2019

Rivers and Mountains of British Columbia and Alberta


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  Photos from a six-day road trip from Vancouver to Calgary, through the wilds of the Fraser Canyon and across British Columbia to the Columbia and Rocky Mountains.  Highlights along the way include Hell's Gate, the Last Spike, Emerald Lake, the Icefield Parkway, and the scenic resort towns of Lake Louise and Banff.

This trip focuses on the rugged beauty of southern BC and Alberta.  An exploration of Vancouver, the western lower BC mainland, and Vancouver Island is presented on the British Columbia page.

The link to the Pictures File is below the Sample Images.  A Map and a Table of Contents are provided below that.


Quick Start: West-2019.pdf


Sample Images

Here are a few sample images from the picture files.  You can click or tap on these to see larger versions.

Fraser Canyon

Fraser Canyon

Sicamous, BC


Giant Cedars Boardwalk, Rewvelstoke Park

Giant Cedars Boardwalk

Bow Lake, Banff Park

Bow Lake

Peyto Lake, Banff Park

Peyto Lake

Lake Louise, Banff Park

Lake Louise

Morant's Curve, Bow Valley Parkway

Morant's Curve

Banff Avenue, Banff, Alberta




Link to Pictures File


You can access the PDF pictures file by clicking or tapping on the link below.



I flew to Vancouver and rented a car for travel with a friend who lives there.  We headed east along the Trans-Canada Highway, up through the Fraser River Canyon, east across the Thompson River region, and into the mountain parks of eastern British Columbia and Alberta.

A package of printable maps is available if you wish paper copies to follow along.  West 2019 Maps includes the route map shown below and a more detailed maps of the rivers and mountains areas.

route map

Table of Contents

The Contents table from the pictures file is reproduced below.  If you wish a paper copy to target your viewing, use West 2019 Printable Contents.

Contents   2
Introduction   3
Route Map   4
 Vancouver   5
 Horseshoe Bay  12
 Heading Out  15
 Rivers Map  16
 Fraser Canyon  17
 Hell's Gate  19
 Thompson River  30
 Kamloops Lake  33
 South Thompson      34
 Sicamous  37
 The Last Spike  41
 Revelstoke Dam  43
 Lumbering  46
 Mountains Map  48
 Mt Revelstoke National Park    
  Meadows Parkway  49
  Boardwalks  54
 Glacier National Park
  Rogers Pass  58
 Kicking Horse Bridge  63
 Yoho National Park
  Natural Bridge  67
  Emerald Lake  70
  Yoho Visitor Centre  72
  Spiral Tunnels  76
 Banff National Park
  Icefields Parkway  82
  Lake Louise  95
  Moraine Lake  98
  Bow Valley Parkway 100
  Lake Minnewanka 105
  Banff 108
Return 113
End 114