This place, in what is now Alberta, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre, built into the landscape, tells the story of how the Napi People used to drive bison over this cliff thus securing their food source for the winter. Water and wind were critical components to the success of this activity. These days the wind on these vast plains is used to generate energy.
We have well and truly left the mountains behind us. The Alberta skies got much bigger this afternoon as we made our way to Fort Macleod, making our potential accommodation selection along the way.
As we checked in at the modest and perfectly functional Red Coat Inn, I couldn’t help noticing the signed photographs of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. They stayed in this very establishment during the filming of the town scenes in Brokeback Mountain. Who knew? There’s also a poster outside reception marking the occasion.
Do you know what else? JONI MITCHELL WAS BORN HERE!!
Now that I’ve got that out of my system, here’s what we saw around town in the evening walk before dinner at Johnny’s Restaurant.
You can learn a lot about a town driving around its one-way street system to find a way into a carpark near the impressive Glenbow Museum. Today’s navigation into Calgary rates as one of the best team efforts in navigation thus far, by a long shot. In other news, we have yet to include a poutine in our Canadian meal selections.
The word for this morning was Athabasca. First the Athabasca Falls, then the Athabasca Glacier.
This afternoon we were on our way to Banff under blue skies, amazing cloud formations and the yellows of autumn.
An early morning wake up began today. “Want to go for a drive?”
The views of Lake Maligne did not disappoint. We took the Mary Schaffer loop walk in sub-zero temperatures.
Then on to Maligne Canyon before seeing a few Mule Deer as well as mountain sheep. The Looking for Bears (LFB) mission has had a second string added to it. We are now also Looking for Moose. The only moose evidence we found today was scatalogical.