This is Elaine with a few of my highlights so far.
The scenery along the north of Superior was breathtaking. The lake as still as a millpond at Agawa Provincial Park in the evening, yet in the morning there were three foot waves crashing on the stony beach.
At Neys Provincial Park we explored the amazing volcanic rocks which inspired the Group of Seven and met Annabel, sister of Candace. The bugs at Quetico Provincial Park were memorable. Dancing with the Metis at Fort William Historical Park was a hoot.
I was fascinated by the prairies, with the grass edged sloughs and changing crops in huge fields. We passed a salt lake with piles of glistening salt pilled high.
As we reached the Alberta Badlands a violent thunderstorm sent great flashes of streak lightening to the ground but also a vivid double rainbow. This area is extraordinary with Drumlin-like hills and exposed layers of rock which revealed the dinosaurs exhibited in the excellent Royal Tyrrell Museum.
Banff National Park belies description with snow capped mountains, glaciers and rugged rock formations.
The highlight was Lake Louise, seen first in shade and then, as the sun broke though the cloud, as if with a giant brush stroke, the lake turned brilliant turquoise.
After an awesome white knuckle drive through the Kicking Horse and Rogers Passes we stayed at a campground with a pool fed by a hot spring. We soaked the stress of the road away in clear 84 F water, with sunshine and a mountain view –bliss!
We are now in B.C. We arrived in continuous rain and hope this is not an omen of BC weather. Here in Cache Creek it is dry and sunny, being semi-desert, with a few miniature prickly pear to prove it.
On to Vancouver tomorrow. We are having the time of our lives and day after day of sights and fun.