Monday, May 29, 2017

British Columbia

It was clear and a refreshing 4º when we woke but warmed up quickly by the time we left the campground around 10:15. We made a slight detour  to drive through Jasper, population 5,235 before heading west on hwy 16, the Yellowhead Highway which took us from Alberta into British Columbia. The highway follows the Fraser River through mountains, forests and farmland.  We crossed the Continental Divide through the Yellowhead Pass, named after Tete Jaune, a local fur trader. At 3,760 feet, the Yellowhead Pass is one of the lowest passes   across  the Continental Divide.

We stopped at a rest area on Portal Lake which is also the east entrance to Mount Robson Provincial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The speed limit on the highway was often 70 k.p.h., warning of wildlife. We were not disappointed, seeing a black bear with two cubs, some deer and a baby moose. Another interesting sight was firefighters finishing  extinguishing  a small  fire.

We stopped at the Mount Robson Visitor Centre, the viewpoint for Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 12,972 feet.

Mount Robson

We ate lunch there before continuing a short distance to McBride and our next campground, Beaverview RV Park at 2:00 P.S.T. (new time). 

The campground backs onto the Fraser River.
It was nice to have a shorter motoring day, only 165 km.;
it was a hot  28º.


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