Camping 2019
Heading north along Arrow Lake we stopped for a quick break and saw this nice little waterfall, Sutherland Falls
About 150 miles after the Columbia crossed into Canada (or a bit more than 850 miles from the Pacific) we went by the Revelstoke Dam and drove north along Revelstoke Lake. This was a very empty road as it only goes to the last dam on the Columbia, the Mica Dam and then a few miles beyond it. these two pictures show how empty the land is around Revelstoke Lake
Mica Dam, the last one on the Columbia, is the tallest dam in Canada and the second tallest dam in North America behind the Chicoasén Dam in Mexico. It is also one of the largest earthfill dams in the world. It forms Kinbasket Lake which bends around the big bend at the northern most point in the Columbia’s journey. We went a few miles past the dam to camp at a very lonely campground.
Potlach campground, a free campground run by, I think, BC Forests. Not surprisingly, we were the only campers here
This is really empty country and very near the northern most point on the Columbia
After leaving Potlach we backtracked to Revelstoke, turned east on the Trans-Canada and then spent the night in Canada’s Glacier National Park. Leaving Glacier NP we crossed over Rogers Pass and came back to the Columbia near the small town of Donald about 1100 miles from the Pacific.
This is the Columbia, finally free of dams, working it’s way north toward the big bend. It is in a very interesting geological feature called the Rocky Mountain Trench.
We spent two night in Kootenay National Park on the hillside above the Columbia.
Here we are looking at Columbia Lake, 1240 miles from the Pacific.
The little town of Canal Flats is located on the south end of Columbia Lake. The picture on the right is taken there looking north at the start of the Columbia River. Having reached our goal, we headed home from here zipping along to get home in two days with no pictures to add to this.