September 20, 2012
We’re now officially on our way back west. We’re in BC again, and our clocks are set to Pacific Time again (actually, we never changed to Mountain Time). Today we left Banff and headed west on the Trans Canada Highway. This route took us through Yoho National Park, where we hiked around Emerald Lake, and to the Spiral Tunnels, where we waited for a train for about 15min without any luck. The next part of our trip was through Glacier National Park and across the Rogers Pass. Our guidebook describes this part of the TCH as the most beautiful, and we can’t disagree. We did not take that many photos since the air was very misty and visibility of the spectacular mountains around us was limited at best.
We arrived relatively early in Revelstoke, BC, where we are staying for tonight. Revelstoke is a cute town with a very typical street layout: There’s the harbor, the train station and the only shops and restaurants are on main street. We walked from our hotel “downtown” and had a look around, striking up conversations with every second shop-owner. Dinner was at a place called “Village Idiot”, which was packed when we left. While Revelstoke seems pretty dull as a tourist destination, I suspect that changes as soon as the cold season arrives and all those high-end outdoor equipment shops start making sense. We heard a lot about the great slopes on Mount Revelstoke, where it can take an experienced snowboarder a full hour just to make it back down. Needless to say, there is not much snow-related activity at the moment, it was still 28 degrees at 4pm today.
Tomorrow we’ll be heading on towards Vernon, over the route via Nakusp, so a lot of driving again.