After the Lake Louise Gondola, we pretty much finished our Rockies tour. We just had a couple more natural attractions (before out tour guide decided he will become the main attraction, with his ‘jokes’).
The view from the bus:
We had already left Banff and heading into Yoho National Park, the smallest of the four national parks in the Rockies. The first attraction was Emerald Lake, and its color is of course, Emerald.
Hidden by Engelmann Spruce trees and tall mountain peaks, the bus had to go through many tight turns and a traffic jam to get here. The place was quite popular and really comes alive after June when the last piece of ice melts.
People can rent a kayak here for $45.oo. There is a high class lodge and a cafe selling ice cream here. We also found someone fishing.
Emerald Lake was found when some of the horses owned by an outfitter named Tom Wilson ran away to this Lake when he was guiding Major A.B. Rogers through the Kicking Horse Pass. When he found it, he named it after the color of the lake.
Nature is great, the lake so unbelievable that the teenagers sitting in front of me is adamant that this is man made …
~ = ~ = Natural Bridge = ~ = ~
There weren’t any washrooms in Emerald Lake, so the tour guide had to make a short stop at Natural Bridge so we may go to the washroom before we embark on our next leg of the journey – dinner at Revelstoke.
Natural Bridge was formed when the Kick Horse River weaves through and erodes through a limestone rock … eventually it will eat away the ‘natural bridge’.
I think I missed the angle … Anyways, we were called back to the bus fairly soon afterwards.
More photos from the bus … Since we are departing from the Rockies, it will get less spectacular 😦 (According to the itinerary, we were also suppose to go to Golden and Rogers Pass .. .we drove by it but the guide didn’t mention).
Arrived at Revelstoke (and now I put away my Canadian Rockies handbook for good). The town was formed thanks to the coming of the Canadian Pacific Railway, but it was also known as a mining town. These days, Revelstoke is booming with tourism, particularly with the new ski resort.
We didn’t do much in Revelstoke though, just going to a Chinese restaurant for food and walked around a bit. Tip: Never eat Chinese food in small towns, it’s just not up to par (I would actually include all Asian food) … Anywho, despite being 6 P.M., the weather was still quite hot.
… towards the hotel we go!