Digital Detox in British Columbia

Since I last wrote I have been to the beautiful Canadian Rockies.

After a lovely evening in Calgary it was time to head west.

We made short stops in the picturesque villages of Banff and Lake Louise to pick up some postcards, wine, and hiking snacks at the little grocery, then were on our way.

The real treasure was our next stop, the Emerald Lake Lodge. Our home for the next several days.

The view from Emerald Lake Lodge in Field, British Columbia.
The view from Emerald Lake Lodge in Field, British Columbia.

Beside the lodge, where delicious meals are served, there are cabins. They are situated down a little dirt road (no cars allowed). Each is divided into four or fewer units.

We had a balcony overlooking the lake from the second floor and a fireplace prepared for our evening and morning fires. At night we could leave the door open and listen to the haunting loon calling for his companion.

Our first day we ventured up to Hamilton Lake. The description in our hiking book included the word grim. Yes, the constant rise in elevation was grim, but the views were not.

Hamilton Lake, a glacial lake on the top of a mountain.
Hamilton Lake, a glacial lake on the top of one of the mountains next to our hotel.
The hike to get to and from Hamilton Lake. The view of the world was breath taking, so was the altitude.
The hike to get to and from Hamilton Lake. The view of the world was breath taking, so was the altitude.

After four magnificent nights at the Emerald Lake Lodge (and a visit with our Florida neighbors, who just happened to stop by:) we made our way to the Columbia Icefields north toward Jasper.

The view from our window at the Glacier View Hotel.
The view from our window at the Glacier View Inn. Note the cars on the bottom right for scale.
On the glacier.
On the glacier.
Sunset on the glacier from our hotel window.
Sunset on the glacier from our hotel window.

The drinking water at our hotel, the Glacier View Inn, was unfiltered from the glacier.

We were basically staying in the “Discovery Center”. This was where we caught the bus to meet the crawler that would take us to the glacier.

It was all terrific.

The first tv we saw was here in our hotel room. After a digital detox of five days we decided we wouldn’t interrupt the tranquility with any news. If there was something we needed to know it would find its way to our ears.

Sadly we had to return to our real world. The drive back was filled with majestic sights at every turn.

Driving south to the real world.
Driving south to the real world.
The spectacular mountains.
The spectacular mountains.
Everywhere a sight to behold.
Everywhere a sight to behold.
Driving driving and gasping at the sight.
Driving, driving, and being awestruck at what we saw.
Another emerald colored lake.
Another emerald colored lake. The mineral flour in the water creates the color. This makes the water too difficult for fish to see in so there are few in these lakes.
The reflection makes this emerald lake look endlessly deep.
The reflection makes this lake look endless.
Down the road we go.
Down the road we go.

The memories are instilled in my heart. If I forget anything I can always refer to the 564 pictures for a reminder. By the way all of these were taken with my iphone, many from a moving car.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Digital Detox in British Columbia

  1. Those pictures make me want to pack my bag and head north! And I remember a trip to those lakes many years ago; the wondering and awe before them is eternal, something very precious.

  2. Well, as someone who was there, I can assure you that as spectacular as these picture make this part of North America out to be, you must put this trip on your bucket list and experience it first hand.

    s/ Beth’s Coffeemate

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