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On July 9th, after my last hike in the Yukon (Grizzly Lake), I took the road to Whitehorse. I finished the hike at 8pm and arrived in Whitehorse around 6am. I spent about two days in Whitehorse before leaving for Drumheller, 2300 km further.
On July 12th, I drove to Watson Lake where I left my mark on a pole in “the forest signs.”
On July 13th, I’ve been to Fort St. John.
On the way, I allowed myself a relaxation break at “Liard Hot Springs.” Unlike other hot springs I have been, Liard Hot Springs is still a natural basin, with just the minimum construction for the comfort and safety of the public. There are two pools, the first where the hot water arrives, it is VERY hot! I have not managed to get close to the source, the temperature was probably greater than 50 ° C. The temperature slowly drops away from the source. In the second basin a cold water arrival gives a very pleasant temperature where we can stay longer.
After the hot springs I drove through the northern Rockies. It was a beautiful but winding road. It runs along a turquoise river, surrounded by mountain peaks. Shortly after Lake Muncho, I took a nap and when I woke up a storm was approaching. My road bypassed it, but I did get heavy rain for several hours.
On July 14th, I reached Red Deer, 1h30 after Edmonton on the way to Calgary.
On the road I just stopped to eat, rest and take some information at the Tourism Center of Lake View. I decided not to visit Edmonton; I arrived at dusk and I just explored the city by car to get an idea, and then I continued my way to Red Deer, 150 km from Calgary.
On July 15th, I arrived in Calgary and stayed there until the 17th. A former colleague hosted me the 2 nights and I also had dinner with a friend met in Vancouver. I took advantage of being in a big city to service my car, I have already done more than 7300 km. Unfortunately I have no photos of Calgary: I wandered the first day alone in the city, and the next day it started to rain so I was discouraged … for once I was not sleeping in my car!
But I can say that I found Calgary downtown pleasant, I have had a less “narrow” feeling compared to Vancouver. Of course, there is no beach, but there are more pedestrian areas.
On 17th July, after a good shower and a good coffee (it was very rare during my trip!), I got back in my car, driving to Drumheller and the “Badlands” of Alberta.
Drumheller is the capital of the Badlands, which is a geographic area where there are many canyons and other strange rock formations. It is also a very clayey area that has preserved many fossils. That’s why Drumheller is also the capital of the dinosaurs as evidenced by the giant T-Rex of the tourist office (world largest dinosaur).
The city as such, has no appeal, but is rather a base for the sights of the region. The only remaining attraction is dinosaur statues scattered throughout the city. They are the remains of the Prehistoric Park, now closed. But at least there is a Wal-Mart where I could sleep!
The city also has a mining history and a memorial to honor the accidental deaths.