|Columbia Icefields - View from the Visitor Centr|
It's hard to describe the majesty and vastness of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. One lady cyclist I spoke with told me she has never seen such incredible beauty. It is even difficult for a camera lens to capture the mountains, but that didn't keep me from trying!
|Buses on the Glacier|
We took advantage of a promotion from Brewsters, which allowed us to get a free child's ticket for each adult ticket. Our first adventure was a ride onto the glacier at the Columbia Icefields. The bus goes down a 32 degree slope to reach the glacier. A snow plow clears the road three times a day to keep it open for the buses. At the end of the tourist season, it only takes a day or so for the glacier to reclaim the road.
|Beautiful Lake Louise|
|View from the parking lot of the gondola ride.|
|Elk sighted near Jasper|
|Big horn sheep spotted in Kananaskis Country|
|Moose in Kananaskis Country|
|Irrigation is the lifeline of Brooks and area|
As we drove towards Brooks, we noticed many irrigation systems in use. I was startled to discover there are no natural water springs in this area. Every farm, city, town, business, etc. receives water from the Bow River through the Eastern Irrigation District infrastructure of pipes. (They have more pipelines than roads in this area!) The EID was first granted a license for water in 1910. Today they use the same amount of water per year that they used in 1910, but they are able to service three times the land area due to more efficient irrigation systems. Dinosaur Provincial Park is also in the EID. They have many interesting and educational experiences for families and individuals. This park is two hours south of Drumheller and has a similar land structure with fossil beds.
|Badlands of Dinosaur Provincial Park, just north of Brooks|
|Ruth L. Snyder|
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