Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Having viewed the Kicking Horse Pass from the Spiral Tunnels Lookout point (see here), we stopped a little later to get a closer look at the river as it thunders through the Natural Bridge another tourist attraction in the Yoho National Park. It’s only a short distance off the Emerald Lake Road, west of Field and is well worth the little detour.

With spectacular rock formations eroded over time by the elements, the river passes through a narrow chasm in the rocks with incredible speed and a thundering noise!




I did take a short video, which gives you an idea of the immense power of the torrent of water. If you click on the start button the video does come out the right way despite appearances to the contrary!




Having taken time out to explore the Yoho National Park and its attractions, we were keen to get a move on to our overnight stop at Kelowna. We already knew that there was a wild fire near Revelstoke on both sides of the Trans-Canada Highway and whilst it was safe to pass through the area, the air was thick with smoke, which reduced visibility. Hence we didn’t take too many photos. The following map taken from Geology.com (link here), gives you an idea of the scale of the land. Banff, where we had been staying, is 126.8 km west of Calgary.

(Copyright information: The map on this page was composed by Angela King and Brad Cole and is copyright by Geology.com © 2008. This image is not available for use beyond their websites. If you share the map with others, please link to their page (link in previous paragraph) as per their request. The satellite image was produced using Landsat data from NASA and the map was produced using data licensed from and copyright by Map Resources © 2008.)



It was interesting to journey through some of British Columbia’s lesser known places for example we stopped off for lunch at the quaintly named Golden with its history closely tied to the development of the Canadian Pacific Railway line. We had lunch on a little island in the river (reached by bridge).



Afternoon tea and a short stroll round the small town of Revelstoke.




And finally a drive along the Mara Lake and the lush pastoral region of the Okanagan as the sun was just starting to set in a smoky haze.



The next day we arrived back in Vancouver, having come full circle through the Rockies (Vancouver to Banff via Kamloops on the train and back on the road via Kelowna). You can read the full collection of Canadian posts here.

The following day we boarded our cruise up to Alaska – plenty more posts about our adventures there to come!


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4 thoughts on “Kicking Horse River and Road Trip Back to Vancouver

  1. restlessjo says:

    What a stretch of water that is, Rosemay! It’s fabulous 🙂 🙂 In retrospect, with all the wet weather, it’s easy to forget about the fires. It was a bit of a wild ride last year, wasn’t it? Hopefully better this one.

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    1. It was fascinating to watch the water thundering through the pass Jo! I think the weather has been all over the place for a while now everywhere. We haven’t had much of a summer compared to the eastern states which have had record breaking heat but the last couple of weeks have been so humid. Yesterday it just rained all day but we are always grateful for rain!

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  2. I enjoyed the ride!

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    1. Thanks good to hear! 🙂


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