This was a very short day for riding, but was a day with some spectacular views and my first brush with the Canadian Rockies., It began with a side trip on the way to the Rearguard Falls, one of the most impressive falls with a mesmerising blue formed out of the high content of quartzite in the water. This area is also well known for the Chinook, largest of the Pacific salmon. These fish have survived several years at sea to return to the river of their birth, the mighty Fraser. From its estuary in British Columbia’s lower mainland to this point, the Chinook have traveled upstream over 1200 km. Some may be successful battling over these falls to reach the gravel above, but for most, Rearguard Falls marks the end of their journey. Then as I rode up further towards Mount Robson, I could see a huge mountain covered with clouds on its peak, in front of me. About half of the mountain was visible and at the time I did not know it was actually Mt Robson, standing tall at 13000 ft. It was only when I reached the visitor center, and once the clouds had lifted substantially to expose the peaks, that I realised it was indeed the great mountain.
That evening, I camped at the Mount Robson provincial park. The fee was 22 CAD, included hot showers. Forewood was 8 CAD and was needed because it had turned cold and rainy and therefore also damp.
I met Jenny and Curtis again at the cafe below Mt Robson , and we were happy to see each other. They had just come back from an amazing time they spent at Berg lake, inspiring me to find out more about it and make plans to get there myself, the following day!