Friends of ours who we have known for almost 30 years, originally also from South-Africa recently spent a few wonderful days with us in Calgary. They visited us before in 2010. We took them to see another part of Kananaskis on a cloudy day.
The Smith-Dorrien Spray Trail. Canmore to Highway 40 This gravel road is used for the “backdoor” access to Peter Lougheed provincial park.
Whitemans Pond near Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Deer on The Smith-Dorrien Spray Trail.
“The large, spiraled horns of ram bighorn sheep are distinctive. Bighorn sheep are brown to grayish brown in color, with light under parts, a white muzzle and an obvious, light rump patch. Ewes and young rams have spike-like, curved horns. Bighorns are the largest of all north American wild sheep. Adult rams weigh up to 135 kg (300 lb.), but adult ewes are much smaller, averaging 70 kg (150 lb.). Sheep have soft hooves with hard outer rims that give them good footing on precarious ledges. However, the two parts of the hoof are not independently movable. Thus, bighorns are not as agile as mountain goats on difficult terrain. Bighorns do move quickly over rocky mountain slopes when alarmed. The eyesight of bighorn sheep is acute; they can detect movement over a kilometer away. The rut occurs from November to December. Lambs are born the following spring. Sheep are mainly grazers, feeding on grasses and forbs. They may also browse on alpine willows. They make frequent use of mineral or salt licks. Bighorns spend their summers high in the alpine zone on grass-covered slopes. In winter they may migrate a considerable distance to reach south or southwest-facing slopes where snow cover is minimal. The Fish and Wildlife Division estimates the provincial population (in Sept.) to be about 5,800 animals. This estimate is based on population counts in selected areas and hunter harvest information. ” –Alberta wow.
Buller Pond Day use.
“Buller Pond is on the west side of the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Lakes Road about 36km south from Canmore and 32km north from the Kananaskis Lakes Trail Junction.”
Loon on Buller pond.
“The eerie calls of Common Loons echo across clear lakes of the northern wilderness. Summer adults are regally patterned in black and white. In winter, they are plain gray above and white below, and you’ll find them close to shore on most seacoasts and a good many inland reservoirs and lakes. Common Loons are powerful, agile divers that catch small fish in fast underwater chases. They are less suited to land, and typically come ashore only to nest.” – All About Birds.
“Buller Mountain was named in 1922 after Buller, Lieutenant Colonel H.C. DSO. It is located in the Kananaskis Range in Alberta.”
“Bigghorn sheep have brown coats and a white rump patch. In the autumn, the coat is rich and glossy, but by the spring it becomes faded and grayish. The pelage is never fine and woolly, as in domestic sheep, and is instead short and coarse. Once a year, in June or July, sheep shed their hair and can have a scruffy appearance with patches of matted hair until the new coat grows in..” – Canadian Geographic.
Opal Falls, Alberta, Canada
Gate near Opal Falls.
We had lunch at The Twin Cities Hotel in Longview, Alberta, Canada
“The Twin Cities Hotel, its name a reference to Little Chicago and Little New York, was completed in 1938. The hotel was built by former professional hockey players Red Dutton and brothers Paul and Tiny Thompson.”- Highriver times.