In 2007 we travelled in our boler trailer through British Columbia, Alberta and as far as the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park in Saskatchewan's southwest corner.

LAKE LOUISE

We spent a few days in beautiful Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies.The weather was very wet. We camped in a national park campground that was protected from wildlife - especially grizzly bears - by a huge electric fence that went all around the campground.

Here we are at the beginning of our walk to the Lake Louise Tea House. The weather had cleared and, as we started out, we had a lovely view down the lake.

Lake Louise in the
 Rain

Here we are in the middle of our walk to the Lake Louise Tea House. Thank goodness we all had raingear and the weather - though wet - was not particularly cold.

ALBERTA

We also spent a few days in Dinosaur Provincial Park and at the wonder-filled Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleantology . Dinsaur Provincial Park is located in Alberta's Badlands, where erosion has exposed a huge number of dinosaur fossils. Here we are scrambing around on the hills in an area of the park which is open to the public.

Dinosaur Provincial Park

We also camped at an alkali lake in eastern Alberta which is a wildlife sanctuary for migrating birds.

Alkali Lake

SASKATCHEWAN

Here's Mike in the Saskatchewan part of the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.

Mike in Cypress Hills

WELLS GREY PARK

We spent several days in beautiful Wells Grey Park near Clearwater in British Columbia. Wells Grey is best known for ts fabulous waterfalls.

Here are Helmcken Falls, the highest and best known of the many falls. This view is easily accessible by paved road.

Falls

Here's Mike on the trail to Trophy Meadows on Trophy Mountain.

The hike to Trophy Meadows started out very bright and beautiful.However, on the way back from Sheila Lake, we were hit by a storm - thunder and lightening, heavy rain and enough hail to turn the trail white. We were very cold by the time we got back to the truck. We had our gortex rainjackets with us - but no rainpants. Down in the valley, the weather was warm and sunny. People were swimming in the pool at the campsite.

From this experience we learned never to go day-hiking in the mountains without rainpants and a space blanket - just in case a storm comes up.

Here we are on another Wells Grey hike to the Bee Farm. Two pioneer sisters established a homestead in the 1930s and made money raising bees and selling the honey.

Bee Girls House

Here is a small lake on the way back from the Bee Farm. It's a lovely view - BUT - can you see the rusty red colour of the hills are beyond the lake?

Wells Grey Lake

The hill is rusty red because the pine tress have been killed by the mountain pinebeetle . We learned that this beetle is gradually destroying all the pine trees in British Columbia. One of the causes may be global warming. Recent winters have not been cold enough for a sustained peiod to kill off sufficient numbers of these naturally occuring beetles. Another cause may be that when the forest was re-established after early logging, the natural diversity was replaced by pine mono-culture. The beetles could move from pine to pine much more easily than in a mixed forest. We think this is a serious but under-reported disaster in our beautiful province. There seems to be no quick fix.

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