|What A View
A little walk along a ridge, through alpine meadows, to the Idaho
Peak forestry lookout will reward you with glorious views of
Slocan Lake and Valhalla Provincial Park. The ruins of Sandon
and its mines are also worth a peek. Be sure to check out the
bakery as well as other restored buildings in this ghost town.
Avoid the crowds and find your own undeveloped natural hot springs
in the Lussier and Ram Creek area near Whiteswan Provincial Park.
Keep your eyes peeled for Shiras moose, a subspecies only found
here, around Alces Lake.
We're All Wet
Surprisingly, the Rockies region has one of the largest undeveloped
wetland areas in North America. This area of the Columbia Valley,
from Canal Flats to Golden attracts over 250 species of birds.
Wings Over the Rockies, a major event in May celebrating the
wetlands, includes floats on the Columbia River.
Real Whistle Stops
Railway buffs love the Rockies. Places to visit are the Revelstoke
Railway Museum and the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook;
Craigellachie, the site of the Last Spike, on Highway 1; Spiral
Tunnel Viewpoint in Yoho National Park; Rogers Pass Interpretive
Centre; and Loops Brook Trail and Abandoned Rails Trail in Glacier
Scenic Drive Time
It's a bumpy, but beautiful route. Drive along the Lardeau River
from Kaslo to Galena Bay (about 142 kilometres or 88 miles) on
a gravel road and see the old Quaker settlement of Argenta, as
well as the gorgeous countryside.
These Towns Are Mine
Explore the mining towns of Elkford, Sparwood and Fernie in one
of B.C's major coal mining districts. See the heritage buildings
in Fernie and murals in Sparwood depicting historic scenes. Or
venture over to the ghost town of Sandon.
In Dolina Ooteshena, The Valley of Consolation, near Castlegar,
discover the history and heritage of the Doukhobors of Russia.
The Brilliant Suspension Bridge, built in 1913 and now a national
historic site, is of particular interest, as is the Doukhobor
Village Museum, a reconstructed communal village.
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