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Canada - Golden to Revelstoke

sunny 18 °C

The weather was starting to turn as we departed Lake Louise and ventured towards Golden so our stop at Takakkaw Falls was a wet one! The third highest waterfall in Canada at 260m, a huge amount of water was gushing out of a fairly small spout creating masses of spray to ensure we were fully soaked. Arriving ravenous in Golden we stayed at the cosy Kicking Horse hostel and devoured a delicious meal at the very nice 'Island' restaurant. It was a fairly quick stop in Golden so we pushed on after checking out the famous Kicking Horse pedestrian bridge. There are mountains all around so it would have been great to get some mountain biking, perhaps another time! Skiing in the winter is also meant to be very good.

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Next up was the Glacier National Park. Very very scenic. The visitor centre was excellent, showcasing some of the large local animals and we learnt about some of the railway history in the area. It was a huge task to build the railway a century ago, over and around these huge mountains with the constant danger of avalanches. We did a few short walks that start along this stretch of road checking out the original railway on the 'Loop Brook Trail', loads of boulders on the 'Rock Garden Trail', and an old growth forest at 'Hemlock Grove'. Very nice.

We rolled into Revelstoke late in the afternoon and stayed at Poppi's Hostel - a very comfortable private room hostel which is more like a B&B. An historic town we had two nights in Revelstoke, wandered the streets and checked out the wetlands by the Columbia River where supposedly hundreds of birds can be spotted - all we saw was a snake! The railway museum was very cool packed with old steam locomotives and other trains, along with old-timers who use to drive them that now volunteer their time to explain what life was like.

On our final day we went to the Revelstoke National Park and drove to the summit of Mt Revelstoke for some fantastic views. There are loads of walks up there, a great place for lunch with a view. Even better? The 26km downhill ride back to town on the mountain bike, 1,200m altitude decent - brilliant!

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Posted by TheNomadWay.com 16:00 Archived in Canada

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