2015 Vacation


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Banff National Park gate, Alberta, Canada. This photo was taken through our car’s window.

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Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. This photo was taken through our car’s window.

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Wildlife corridor in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. This photo was taken through our car’s window.

These crossings consist of underpasses and overpasses. They allow wildlife to safely cross over the highway and expand their movement and their home-range.” – Friends of Banff

“Simply defined, a wildlife corridor is a protected route that allows wildlife to move safely between areas of suitable habitat. In the Banff area, corridors are typically narrow, funnel-shaped tracts of land between the developed areas and the steep mountain slopes. ” – Parks Canada.

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Avalanche tunnel in British Columbia, Canada. Photo taken through car window.

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Inside avalanche tunnel. This photo was taken through our car’s window.

“If you are travelling between Revelstoke and Golden near the British Columbian/Alberta border, you will drive through 5 protective tunnels that help to redirect avalanche flows and you run the possibility of prolonged travel time because of highway closures.  This area undergoes significant daily monitoring, avalanche forecasting and bombing to help keep avalanches under control and to help keep our travellers and railway workers free from these deadly avalanches.” – The University of British Columbia Geography 376, GIS Group Project.

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We went on a vacation for three weeks with our  camper. We traveled from Calgary via Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada to Nakusp, British Columbia, Canada on a sunny day.

Ferry to Nakusp
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About Tokeloshe.

Welcome and thank you for visiting. I have been happily married (sic) for 40 years, have one son, a loving daughter in law and three adorable grandsons. We have been in Canada for 20 years and are originally from South-Africa. My first language is Afrikaans. (Ek kan nog Afrikaans praat, lees en skryf.) I love doing mixed media, scrap-booking, blogging and playing on the computer, I am also interested in photography, genealogy, reading, hiking, camping, arts and crafts.
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8 Responses to 2015 Vacation

  1. colonialist says:

    I love those rock formations. The whole idea of the corridors seems excellent.
    Not at all sure about how those avalanche tunnels work, though.

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    • Tokeloshe says:

      The Rockies are something else, aren’t they?

      As I understand it, they build bridges across the road, where avalanches occur, so that when they occur, it is less dangerous and the road isn’t blocked by snow.

      Rogers Pass is known for its winter snowfall, which amounts to about 10 m per year. Because of steep mountains, avalanches are very common in winter. When the railway first went over the pass, 31 snow sheds with a total length of about 6.5 km were built to protect the railway from the avalanches. Snow sheds for the Trans-Canada Highway were built later, including large ones in 1962. To keep the Highway open during the winter, the Royal Canadian Artillery uses 105 mm howitzers to knock down the avalanches under controlled circumstances so traffic is not caught in unexpected avalanches.” Wikipedia.

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  2. Sartenada says:

    Sigh. Awesome and so beautiful landscapes! I wish that I could visit there also someday.

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  3. Colleen says:

    I remember those animal crossings from our trip to Banff. The mountains are so young , powerful, spiky & need their edges worn off – they will be the rolling hills of Natal in a few million years from now. The roads look so spacious now that I am looking with German eyes.

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    • Tokeloshe says:

      I wonder how many people realize that the bridges are for the animals.
      We never get tired of them each one looks different. I hope you can do that trip one day as it is amazing.
      They have widened them since we came to Canada, it’s a good thing too as it has a lot of heavy traffic especially trucks and winter conditions can also close the road for hours.

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