Chase to Emerald Lake Lodge near Field

Saturday 16th June, 2018

Goodbye to Quaoout Lodge (800x590)

Early Morning farewell to the Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort

We’re climbing ever higher today – driving up into the Rocky Mountains proper.

We hadn’t been on the road long before we spied an Osprey on the nest. You’ve got to admire the confidence of a bird who places itself in such an exposed position, albeit that it is high up.

Osprey Nest in Telegraph Pole (800x598)

We followed the shoreline of Little Shuswap Lake along Trans-Canadian Highway 1 until we reached Craigellachie, a tiny stop which is famous as being the place where the last spike was driven in for the Canadian Pacific Railway which joined the east and west of the country, taming the isolation and playing a role in why parts of what are now Canada did not amalgamate with the States instead.

I want to say the below photo, which depicts driving in the last spike, is remarkable because it doesn’t have any women it. Sadly, though, that was just a sign of the times in November 7, 1885. What is remarkable is that the Chinese workers were cleared from view. According to one official source, referring to the British Columbia section, “by the end of 1882, of the 9,000 railway workers, 6,500 were Chinese Canadians”.

Craigellachie (3) (800x600)

Back on the bus, we headed into Revelstoke National Park, taking time out to stretch our legs on the Giant Cedars Boardwalka kilometre saunter (except for steep steps) through old growth forest. As you see from the photo gallery, it is not only those trees which are still standing which caught my eye.

After Revelstoke, Highway 1 continues to climb into the Rockies, and soon reaches Rogers Pass (elevation 4,534 feet/1382 m) at the summit in Glacier National Park.

It must have been a challenge to discover the pass and then build a railway through it but by 1884 the Canadian Pacific Railway was on the job. Apparently the vehicle road wasn’t constructed until the early 60s. We drove under five long tunnels, built to protect travellers from avalanches. In winter this area has huge snowfall and evidence of avalanches is often visible by the track of fir trees missing on the mountainsides.

We lingered for a time at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre.

Avalanche Canons at Rogers Pass

Canons are fired into the mountains to reduce the risk of unplanned avalanches @ Rogers Pass Discovery Centre

Bill at Rogers Pass Discovery Centre

This is one time I had to admit Bill was better off wearing the trousers. These ones came up to my armpits @ Rogers Pass Discovery Centre

The highway winds around through mountains and reaches the township of Golden, which is near six national parks (Banff, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke and Yoho); three mountain ranges (Canadian Rockies, Selkirk and Purcell); and two rivers (The Columbia and Kicking Horse).

Golden is a pretty town of around 4,000 which must really come to life in winter when people flock to the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. We had time for lunch outdoors beside the aqua-coloured river, a stroll down the main street, and an exploration across the timber covered bridge for pedestrian traffic. And a quick snap of a wall mural on the way back to the coach.

Fortified, it was time to move into the Yoho National Park, and this is what we found:

The Kicking Horse River Valley

Kicking Horse River Valley

A photography team risking life and limb for the perfect shot at Kicking Horse River Valley

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I wonder if this one will suffice? Glad to see the bride showed some commonsense when selecting the footwear

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Not really a place to lose one’s footing

Bill took a fabulous video which demonstrates the noise and power but unfortunately it will consume heaps of space to upload it.However, I found this one on you-tube which is almost as good 🙂 if you care to click on the link
You can walk around this area admiring the rock formations from different angles and watching how the water flow constantly sculpts the landscape. The area is called the “natural bridge”. This photo below gives you some idea of how the water is channelled to descend into a canyon where it joins a river.Natural Bridge Yoho

After a good time at this amazing spot we headed to bed . . . no! We are in the land of the long days. Our destination for the night, the Emerald Lake Lodge, was only about fifteen minutes further on, and we arrived in plenty of time to settle in and have a good look around before dinner.

For the last several days I’ve been walking around humming, “hello mother, hello father, here we are at, Camp Grenada” – when you take a look at our surroundings I hope you will feel the same outdoorsy inspiration . . .  (without the part about getting stung by poison ivy and the head coach not wanting any sissy’s).


34 thoughts on “Chase to Emerald Lake Lodge near Field

    • It was a simply stunning holiday. I did say in a comment to PaolSoren that I came to the conclusion that Canadians are a selfish mob because they have SO MUCH WATER. LOL. All the locals we met were really, really nice people.
      I’m hoping to get back to blogging “soon”. I’ve just finished the second draft of my current manuscript. Got some editing work to do on it before I send it to my agent, but while it’s being assessed I’ll have some free time.


  1. My goodness was that actually a real bride and groom in those pics or was that a reckless photoshoot for a bridal mag or similar. I think it is very disheartening either way as it simply furthers this contemporary vogue for ‘event’ living. Call me very, very old fashioned, but there was a time when simply getting a bit dressed up and pledging your vows in front of family and friends followed by a party made for a thoughtful yet celebratory, special occasion.

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    • They were definitely the “real deal”, In fact, I’d forgotten that when we got to Emerald Lake Lodge there was a section not available to us as there was a wedding reception taking place. I suspect it was the same couple.
      I echo your sentiments.

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  2. Too much for this old bloke. What did I love most. Well the scenery is magnificent obviously but if I had to pick one – the timber covered bridge.
    PS. Marriage is a big enough risk without starting off on the edge of calamity.

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