|into more of the Rockies|
Golden, British Columbia
Golden is just 105 kilometers north of Radium. The Canadian Pacific Railway and the logging industry are both tied into the town's history. Today, tourism is beginning to flourish. The city grew at the confluence of the Columbia and Kicking Horse rivers, and two other mountain ranges besides the Canadian Rockies surround it.
|Golden, British Columbia|
|Points of Interest|
Yoho National Park
The name Yoho comes from the Cree word for awe and wonder. At 507 square miles, it is the smallest of the four contiguous national parks. Together with Jasper, Kootenay, and Banff National Parks, and three British Columbia provincial parks, Hamber, Mount Assiniboine, and Mount Robson, Yoho forms the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. In 2009, we visited Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park.
You can find the Park's Visitor Center in the town of Field, British Columbia, within the confines of the Park along the Trans-Canada Highway that cuts through it. Field is an unincorporated community of approximately 169 people located in the Kicking Horse River valley of southeastern British Columbia, Canada. Just before reaching Field the Emerald Lake Road leads to two points of interest in the Park.
|the town of Field inside Yoho National Park|
The problem was that the railway had to ascend more than a thousand feet along a distance of 10 miles from Field at 4,267 feet to the top of the Continental Divide at 5,340 feet. Narrow valleys and high mountains limited the space where the railway could stretch out (and also limited the grade). Extra mileage was thus bored under them. From the road, one can see one end of the train coming out of a tunnel while the other end comes out of another!
Part 3 will be about Banff National Park and Lake Louise.