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Around The World - The Crossing - 1 of 4

 

Saskatchewan River Crossing is in western Alberta, Canada. It is located at the junction between Icefields Parkway and David Thompson Highway.

 

It was named "The Crossing", when travellers and fur traders used this spot to cross the North Saskatchewan River on their way to British Columbia in the 19th century.

 

It lies as the confluence of the North Saskatchewan River with Howse River and Mistaya River in the Canadian Rockies and is the starting point for tours on the Columbia Icefield and other scenic hiking trails.

It is the only place offering basic amenities between Lake Louise and Jasper, including gasoline, restaurant, gift shop, and lodging. However, these services are seasonal, and closed during the winter.

 

Ref. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saskatchewan_River_Crossing,_Alberta

Around The World - The Crossing - 1 of 4

 

Saskatchewan River Crossing is in western Alberta, Canada. It is located at the junction between Icefields Parkway and David Thompson Highway.

 

It was named "The Crossing", when travellers and fur traders used this spot to cross the North Saskatchewan River on their way to British Columbia in the 19th century.

 

It lies as the confluence of the North Saskatchewan River with Howse River and Mistaya River in the Canadian Rockies and is the starting point for tours on the Columbia Icefield and other scenic hiking trails.

It is the only place offering basic amenities between Lake Louise and Jasper, including gasoline, restaurant, gift shop, and lodging. However, these services are seasonal, and closed during the winter.

 

Ref. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saskatchewan_River_Crossing,_Alberta

comments (23)

  • Ray
  • Manila, Philippines
  • 25 May 2011, 00:11
I am constantly amazed at the aptness of the name "Rockies".
....peter:): I am pleased that you are amazed Ray....most mountains have rock under the surface....petersmile


[grin]
These mountains are so majestic!
True giants. smile

I just love the way Canadian spell/ select their words. wink
It's a blend of American & British words.

Highway is our "motorway". Gasoline is "petro". But your "traveller" is similar to our "traveller" not the American "traveler". wink
....peter:): Thank you very much LC.

The Canadians don't use the same words that they do in the US or in the UK.

Many are the same words but in Canadian we say colour as opposed to color in the US.
Most of the difference is in the way that we spell our words like the Britt's do and not the shorter forms.....
If i use my 'spellchecker'....the software was created in the US....i have to hit 'Accept' for a lot of our properly spelled Canadian wordssmile

Ohhh..... i am so pleased that you like the splendor of our mountainssmile
....petersmile
Magnificent Peter! What is the elevation of these? I'm a Wyoming - Colorado girl from childhood. Many of the "Colorado 14's" have the same structure. Never tire of seeing any of the Rockies- so glad many of your pics feature them. Thanks for sharing!
....peter:): Hi Elizabeth ....thanks for the comment "Magnificent"....but do you have any easy questions for megrin
i am about one third the way through my Rocky Mountain Theme....that i started on May 3rd with this as my opening shot:
http://petermeilleur.shutterchance.com/photos/11149/354902_large_f0f8.jpg

The elevation at The Crossing is only 4670' but it is 35 miles south of the Columbia Icefiellds that are at 6676' but i believe that it is the elevation at the Highway. level....
Mount Columbia has an elevation of 12,274' and Mount Cline just south of that has an elevation of 11,027'
It took me a while to find this information but it is the best i could do at the time....i don't know the names of the peaks in this post but i will do my best to find out.....i have four more panos of this range in the next few daysgrin....petersmile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 May 2011, 07:20
Thank you Peter: I knew none of this before
....peter:): You are most welcome Chris....and thank you for following my theme....petersmile
Not much going on in the winter then? tongue
....peter:): Not muchat the Crossing in winter Bill .....would you like to try skiing down those slopesgrin....Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper all have world class ski hills....all of the 1986 Winter Olympics skiing events were held in Banff Alberta....petersmile
very nice panorama
....peter:): thanks a lot Chantal....i have a few more panos of the rest of this mountain range in the next few days....petersmile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 May 2011, 09:16
I have a cousin living somewhere in Alberta. Apparently, it is quite wild in many areas.
He lives in a beautiful part of the world.
....peter:): He does live in a beautiful part of the world Louis....and yes i would not venture too far into the forest without a guide....with a big gun!!! ....just in case we meet up with an angry Grisly Bear or a hungry Wolfe Packgrin....petersmile
What rugged topography. I can't imagine how difficult the life of a fur trader must have been back in the 19th century.
....peter:): I agree with you about the topography Doug....i am sure that the fur traders did most of their trapping around the base of these peaks.... getting them back to the settlements would be a very arduous task....petersmile
Those original settlers were brave to venture out and start colonising places like this Peter.
....peter:): I could never agree with you more Brian....most of the transport through the mountains was done by canoe....until they completer the railroad....petersmile
Canada is so beautiful thanks for showing and sharing it with the world
....peter:): It has been my pleasure to share this with you and our friends around the world Lorraine....
Our Canada is a very beautiful country.....
A proud Canadiangrin
....petersmile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 May 2011, 12:16
I can confirm that the place is closed in winter; there's nothing open between Banff and Jasper; just the mountains for company.
....peter:): I understand completely Alan....fill up your tank and bring extra clothes in winter....but you must have missed Lake Louisegrin....
The mountains are great company aren't theygrin....petersmile
You got the amazing scenery and the native American history there too. I am a Buffy Saint Marie fan
....peter:): Hi Janet thank you very much....but i have no idea where "Buffy Sainte Marie" is other than Wyoming (i looked it up)....but there in Mont St. Marie near Montreal also....a nice little skiing villagegrin....but this is Canadian history....you see i am a proud Canadian Eh!smile....petersmile
majestic panorama Peter, my compliments
....peter:): Thank you very much Fabrizio .....i have three more panoramas of the sun setting atop of the mountains in the next few days....petersmile
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 May 2011, 17:01
A fine range of rugged mountains.
....peter:): Thank you John....but this is only a third of this maintain range....come back to see the rest ot it at dusk in the next few days....petersmile
Oh my, the geologist in me was peering deeply into this one, Peter, looking at the strata on those foothills. smile Another fabulous panorama!
....peter:): Thank you very much Alexandra....i took up some geology myself and i agree with you completely....but this is only a third of this mountain range....i have three more panoramas at dusk in the next few daysgrin....petersmile
>i have to hit 'Accept' for a lot of our properly spelled Canadian words

I found another spelling variant.
~ed vs ~t
"Spelled" is more American, whereas "spelt" is more British.
But these days, a lot of people in Britain also use "spelled". grin

I remember back in Malaysia, we were taught to spell "learnt", "dreamt", "burnt", "leapt", etc.
Not "learned", "dreamed", "burned", "leaped" etc.

Isn't English fun to learn?
I just love it! smile
....peter:): Our Canada English is close to the British LC.
I agree that there are a lot words spelled differently by the Americans.
I remember when George Bush said:
"The French don't even have a word for entrepreneur".

The English language is probably the most abused of all.
If someone makes up a word and it is repeated enough times than it becomes a word.
At least in most of the other languages there are rulesgrin

But did you even look at my panorama grin.
I have three more coming after this onesmile
....petersmile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 May 2011, 23:42
That is an amazing view smile I like the contrast of the red building in the foreground.
....peter:): Thank youy Cherie for the visit and the comment....it is much appreciated....petersmile
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 26 May 2011, 06:57
The call of the wild takes on new significance when you this kind of grandeur, Peter!
....peter:): I am so pleased that you liked this one Ginnie....there are still three more panoramas taken at The Crossing coming up....petersmile
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 26 May 2011, 14:29
beautiful landscape
....peter:): Thank you very much Petra....and for your visit....petersmile
  • cajera
  • France
  • 27 May 2011, 18:21
La traversée aujourd'hui est certainement plus facile qu'au 19eme siècle. Beaucoup de voyageurs, chasseurs ont dû périr dans ce magnifique endroit.
Belle image panoramique
....peter:): Je suis certain qu'il y a une longue histoire des trappeurs et des chasseurs qui avaient péri dans ces montagnes avant l'achèvement du chemin de fer avec la conduite de la « Last Spike » à Craigellachie, en Colombie-Britannique, le 7 novembre 1885.
Aujourd'hui, les routes ont suivi la plupart de ces chemin de fer pistes à travers ces montagnes.....
Merci pour le commentaire sur mon panorama Cajera..... J'ai encore trois panoramas plus après celui-cigrin...Bz....Peter/Pierresmile
Thanks for getting the info- I find geography fascinating. I'm enjoying your series. Do you live in this area?
....peter:): I was delighted to have done the researched for you Elizabeth....i do not live in this part of Canada (i wish that i did!!!)....these photos were taken while on a trip through the mountains from Banff up to Jasper in 2006....both are joined protected National Parks.
We live in Northern Ontario on Remi Lake in Moonbeam (Google it just for fun).....it is about 600 miles north of Toronto....i am glad that you are following this theme through the Canadian Rockiesgrin....petersmile
Ah Peter... google it I did! How fun is that? And what do you think the original pioneers actually saw? Moonbeams? Aliens? or the Northern Lights? could give me some insight into your photography! smile I lived in upstate NY- along the St Lawrence River when I was 8. My Dad and brother remain Expos fans for what that's worth!
....peter:): The moonbeams can really work on your mind up here Elizabeth....the only alien that i have seen so far is Kilo on the signs around town...and of course his flying saucer.... but you should see the sunsets that i get across the lake from where i live....spectacular wouldn't even come close....have a look around my archives i am sure that you will find a few that you like....here is a start:
http://petermeilleur.shutterchance.com/photoblog/April_Gold_/
http://petermeilleur.shutterchance.com/photos/11149/321089_large_176c.jpg
BTW you are almost Canadian living along the St Lawrence as a child.....so i will consider you my token Canadian Eh!!! lol......how cool is thatsmile
I like your spirit girl and hope to hear from you often.....petersmile
Beautiful Peter! I have looked through your archive and there are many, many amazing photos! You do great work! I always feel it's hard to screw up one of our sunsets here, especially during the monsoon season. I'll have to post some coming up for you. I'll be a token Canadian! Have always been fond of you folks. You keep on too, eh?

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