Day 23 – Lillooet, BC to Calgary, AB

Miles Today:  533

Total Miles:  7,856

Longer drive today as I have another “rest” day tomorrow here in Calgary.

The drive today retraced my route along BC99 to BC97 and I then turned south and east towards Cache Creek, BC.  In Cache Creek I turned onto Canada Hwy 1 (on the the trans-Canadian highways) and headed east.  Next was Kamloops and several impressive lakes (along with developments and golf courses) and lots of steep grades (up to 10%).

From Kamloops, the next major town of note was Salmon Arm which is built on a lake and its sawmill “floats” delivered logs to the mill.  Really neat to see in person.

In Golden, BC, CAN1 jags into the Canadian Mountains National Parks.  This is a series of national parks and preserves that rival or outclass anything in the US.  I crossed the Continental Divide somewhere between Golden and Banff and then headed into the plains towards Calgary.  Here are a couple of pictures of some of the peaks in and around Banff.

Maybe not the best pictures, but, with very few exceptions, all the pictures  I posted were taken inside or just outside my truck.

Another milestone on this trip occurred today, this is the last time I will cross a major mountain chain.  All of the roads and highways from here to home are on the east side of all the mountain ranges in the western US and Canada.