Friday 28 July 2006
Highlights: Canadian Rockies
After saying good morning to the local squirrels we headed off for Jasper National Park and into the Canadian Rockies. The most impressive place we visited today was Mount Robson which stands at over 12,000 FT. It is so big that you can be very far away and think it is only a short distance to go however it is an optical illusion due to the height of the mountain.
We got a short history of the Canadian railways today. The newly formed Canadian government was very worried that the USA would take over the other provinces that were not yet part of Canada. The first Prime Minister promised British Columbia that he would built a railway across the continent if they joined. This was enough to get BC to join the Dominion of Canada and gave the country a coast to coast presence.