|Fantastic Canadian Rockies and Wildlife
Tour of Eight Beautiful National Parks -
Part 4 of 5
A corner of Maligne Lake.
The sequence of our 13-day driving tour of Canadian Rockies is:
Seattle, Washington State, USA --------> Mt. Revelstoke National Park (NP) in British Columbia (BC),
Canada --------> Canadian Glacier NP in BC ---------> Yoho NP in BC --------> Lake Louis in Banff NP in
Alberta --------> Scenic Icefield Parkway going north in Alberta --------> Jasper NP in Alberta ----------->
Scenic Icefield Parkway going south in Alberta --------> Banff NP in Alberta ---------> Kootenay NP in BC
---------> Highway 93/95 going south in BC --------> Waterton Lakes NP in southern Alberta -------->
Bison National Range in Montana, USA ---------> Pablo National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Montana
---------> Ninepipe NWR in Montana ---------> Glacier NP in Montana, USA --------> Kootenai NWR in
Idaho, USA --------> Little Pend Oreille NWR in northeast Washington State --------> Lake Chelan in
central Washington State, Chelan Gorge and Bridge ---------> Rocky Reach Dam ---------> Seattle in
Washington State, USA
More photos and stories are presented in Part 5 of this series of web pages on the fantastic Canadian
Parts 1, 2, 3 and 5 of this series on fantastic Canadian Rockies are at the following web pages:
The mountain goats that we saw while hiking on the Hidden Lake Boardwalk Trail at Logan Pass on
Going-To-The-Sun-Road in (US) Glacier National Park.
We also saw many big horn sheep on roadside when we were traveling on Yellowhead Highway (i.e., Highway
16) in Jasper National Park, at Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park and on a pebble road going from
Highway 93/95 to Whiteswan Lake.
We also saw many female elks on roadside when we were traveling on Yellowhead Highway in Jasper National
This mother osprey (fish hawk) just brought a fish from the nearby Saint Mary Lake to this nest to feed the two
young ospreys in the nest near the visitor center and Going-To-The-Sun-Road at the east entrance to the (US)
Glacier National Park.
At first, we saw only two ospreys in the nest flapping their wings, jumping up and down and chirping osprey
sound rapidly. We were wondering why these two ospreys were so excited on the nest. Then we saw the
mother osprey flying in carrying a fish and landed on the nest. Then, we realised that the two young ospreys
high on the nest must have seen their mother flying in with a fish at a distance before we, standing low on the
ground, could see the mother osprey coming. The young ospreys were so excited because good meal was
More photos of ospreys in action diving from mid-air down into ponds to catch fish can be seen at my web page
At Logan Pass in (US) Glacier National Park, we saw several big horn sheep in addition to mountain goats
Castle Mountain along Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park
Scenery along Icefield Parkway in Banff National Park
Scenery along Icefield Parkway in Banff National Park
When we saw a group of deer, two baby deer closest to us ran quickly to their mother. We thought that these
two baby deer were going to hide behind their mother due to our presence - - -
Instead, the two baby deer ran under their mother deer - - -
Then the two baby deer were sucking milk from the mother deer while the mother deer watched us intensely to
threat to them so that the two baby deer could continue enjoying sucking milk from their mother.
I was somewhat surprised to see that the two baby deer suck the milk not in a gentle manner but in a
concerted strong push and lunge up and forward such that the mother deer had to step back one or two steps
for each of the strong concerted push from the two baby deer.
When we were on a bridge along Highway 93/95 crossing the beautiful blue colored Kootenay River on
our way from Kootenay National Park to Waterton Lakes National Park - - -
This is the sign of the Continental Divide at Vermilion Pass with elevation of 5,382 feet above sea level on
Highway 93 when we were going from Banff National Park in Alberta into Kootenay National Park in British
Columbia. The Canadian Rocky Mountain Range along the long border of British Columbia Province and Alberta
Province is the Continental Divide where the rivers on the west side flow to Pacific Ocean and the rivers on the
east side flow to Atlantic Ocean. In this 13-day driving trip, we crossed the Continental Divide several times at
different points/passes along this long border.
Sinclair Canyon at the west entrance to Kootenay National Park
Scenery along Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park
We saw this massive bird nest, probably an eagle nest, high on top of a very tall tree when we were driving
along Highway 83 near Swan Lake in northwest Montana, USA.
Columbia Lake on the west side of Canadian Rockies along Highway 93/95 in Columbia Valley in British
Columbia, Canada. This 9-mile long lake is the source of mighty Columbia River which flows north from here for
hundreds of miles before it turns south and flows for another 1,000 miles through central Washington State in
USA, then turns west to flow along the border of Washington State and Oregon, through Portland and finally
flows into Pacific Ocean at Astoria, Oregon.
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Columbia Lake
We saw bald eagle and ospreys in flight and several osprey nests near this large lake.
The Kootenay River, that we crossed earlier, also feeds into the mighty Columbia River. The maps of Columbia
River and Kootenay River are available at the following website:
Sinclair Canyon - Located at the gateway of Radium Hot Springs and Kootenay National Park south exit.
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