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S: July 2012 Icefields Parkway Canada

FC: Icefields Parkway Canada July 2012 | July 2012 Coeur d'Alene Glacier National Park Banff National Park

1: Route of the Hiawatha | What a beautiful view! | It was called one of the most scenic stretches of railroad in the country. When the Milwaukee Railroad was operating, the trains traversed through 11 tunnels and over 9 high trestles, covering a 46 mile route that crossed the rugged Bitterroot Mountains between Idaho and Montana. The "Route of the Hiawatha" is most famous for the long St. Paul Pass, or Taft Tunnel which burrows for 8771 ft. (1.66 miles) under the Bitterroot Mountains at the state line..

2: I made it through | Let's Ride

3: In May, 1998 the first 13 miles of the trail were opened to the public for hikers and wilderness biking. This stretch of the trail between Roland and Pearson currently goes through 8 open tunnels and travels over 7 high trestles following the mountainous terrain along the Loop Creek drainage. | High Trestles | Another Tunnel | Ok Bruce, don't tell the Woodward's were lost

4: Route of the Hiawatha | Bruce & Paula

6: Bruce & Paula

7: Mineral Ridge was the first recreation site developed by the Bureau of Land Management in Idaho. Construction began in 1963, with additions and improvements made in later years. On April 13, 1982, the trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail. The BLM manages three recreation sites at Coeur d'Alene Lake Recreation Area, considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Mineral Ridge, a day use picnic site, serves as a trailhead for the 3.3-mile Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail. This scenic trail, rising 700 feet in elevation, offers hikers a lofty overlook of the lake.

8: Lake Coeur d'Alene, created by glaciers, has become an international resort destination with the town of Coeur d'Alene on its north shore and homes and resorts nestled along 135 miles of shoreline. Over 26 miles long, it has more than a dozen well-maintained boat ramps around the lake. Eight are close to the town of Coeur d'Alene, and three are around Wolf Lodge Bay. Birdwatchers will be interested to know that Lake Coeur d'Alene has the largest nesting population of osprey in the western United States.

9: Lake Coeur d'Alene

10: In the 1930s, White produced 500 of their small Model 706 buses specifically designed to carry passengers through the major National Parks of the western United States. The distinctive vehicles, with roll-back canvas convertible tops, were the product of noted industrial designer Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, and originally operated in seven National Parks. Today, Glacier National Park operates 33 of their original 35 buses, where they are referred to as "Red Jammers".

11: Known to Native Americans as the "Shining Mountains" and the "Backbone of the World", Glacier National Park preserves more than a million acres of forests, alpine meadows, lakes, rugged peaks and glacial-carved valleys in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Its diverse habitats are home to nearly 70 species of mammals including the grizzly bear, wolverine, gray wolf and lynx. Over 270 species of birds visit or reside in the park, including such varied species as harlequin ducks, dippers and golden eagles. The landscape is a hiker's paradise that is traversed by more than 740 miles of maintained trails.

14: Big Horn Sheep

15: Mountain Goats | Buffalo burger at the Park | Baaaa

16: To travel the Icefields Parkway is to experience one of Canada's national treasures and most rewarding destinations. Stretching 232km (144mi.) through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, this world-class journey offers access to a vast wilderness of pristine mountain lakes, ancient glaciers and broad sweeping valleys. This special travel route winds its way through two national parks, boasting a unique and irreplaceable landscape rich in history and natural beauty second to none. | Icefields Parkway

18: High Tea at the Fairmont

20: Moraine Lake

21: Bears oh my

23: Peyto Lake (pea-toe) is a glacier-fed lake located in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The lake itself is easily accessed from the Icefields Parkway. It was named for Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area.[ The lake is formed in a valley of the Waputik Range, between Caldron Peak, Peyto Peak and Mount Jimmy Simpson, at an elevation of 1,860 m (6,100 ft).[ During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake, and these suspended rock particles give the lake a bright, turquoise color.

24: Mistaya Canyon, in Banff National Park is a spectacular slot canyon close enough to the Icefields Parkway that even your grandmother could get there. It's a half kilometer (about 10 minutes) on an old logging road to a bridge over the cascading Mistaya River. At this point, the river has cut a series of rounded slots, or pockets, in the rock. It's deep and steep and very impressive.

29: Bow Lake, 34 km (21 mi.) north of Lake Louise, lies below the Crowfoot Glacier (shaped like a crow's foot and clearly visible from the road) and Bow Glacier. The lake's still, clear waters mirror the towering, snow-covered peaks of the continental divide. These glaciers form part of the great Waputik Icefield. Num-ti-jah Lodge, a little hotel on the shore of Bow Lake, built in 1939 by Jimmy Simpson, an early pioneer of mountain tourism, was the setting for many a Nelson Eddy movie in the 1950s.

30: The Columbia Icefield is an icefield located in the Canadian Rockies, astride the Continental Divide of North America. The icefield lies partly in the northwestern tip of Banff National Park and the southern end of Jasper National Park.

33: The Vermilion Lakes (left) are a series of lakes located immediately west of Banff, Alberta, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The three lakes are formed in the Bow River valley, in the Banff National Park, at the foot of Mount Norquay.

34: The Banff Springs Hotel is a luxury hotel that was built during the nineteenth century as one of Canada's grand railway hotels, being constructed in Scottish Baronial style and located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The hotel was opened to the public on June 1, 1888.[

35: Local Residents

36: Kicking Horse River British Columbia Whitewater Exciter Class II to IV+ | The Kicking Horse River is renowned as the Whitewater Gem of the Canadian Rockies boasting BC & Alberta's biggest whitewater thrills.

40: Horseback Riding & Steak Cookout

41: Scenic trail ride along the base of Sulphur Mountain and along the Bow River. Steak cookout at 3 Mile Cabin by the Sundance Canyon Trail.

42: Elk are the second largest deer in the park next to moose. Other deer found in the park are caribou, mule deer and white tailed deer. Elk are also a vital part of Banff's ecology. They are the main herbivore, or plant eater, in the park and in turn a major food source for predators such as wolves.

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