D06 Banff Fernie
Published: 12/10/2019
Kootenay National Park
We are in the Canadian state of British Columbia and are driving through the Kootenay National Park. The natural beauty here is overwhelming, the lakes sometimes as blue as the sky itself, on other days they color deep jade green. It invites to many stops. Kootenay National Park is known for the diverse landscape, ecology and climate. The Banff-Windermere Highway (93) forms the tourist route through the park. The road follows the Vermilion and Kootenay River and takes you through the Sinclair Canyon to the famous mineral baths of Radium Hot Springs. Other attractions are the Marble Canyon with its white-gray walls and the Paint Pots, colored pools. Just before Fernie we arrive in Fort Steele Heritage Town. This is a living museum. There are demonstrations and theater shows and you can take rides on the steam train or horse and carriage. Fort Steele is located fourteen kilometers north of Cranbrook on Highway 93/95.

We stay in Fernie. After the great fire in 1908, the center of Fernie was almost completely rebuilt and most buildings date from that time. The City Hall (1905) is one of the buildings that did survive the fire and was used to shelter victims and survivors of the fire. The Holy Family Catholic Church, a brick structure in the shape of a cross, the Court House, a castle-like building and the Fernie Heritage Library, a paradise for book lovers, are special to visit. Guided tours of the mines where Fernie existed are also possible
thanks. It is possible to do a tour through the coal mines all summer long. The tours start from the visitor center of Elkford or Sparwood and last approximately one and a half hours. Before the walk in the underground corridors, an explanation is given about the past of the mine. The trip
ends at a vantage point high above the mines.

In this 4-star route you drive on beautiful good roads, through a breathtaking environment, the Sinclair Pass, a long mountain range, too many to list them all. A coffee tank stop is planned in Invermere, where you will get off Highway 93.

History:
William Fernie, a major player in the coal industry, founded Fernie in 1898. The town still earns income from the mining industry, but after the first ski hill was opened in 1963, Fernie has also become a popular holiday destination.

Fernie was hit by a major fire in 1904 and 1908. The fire of 1908 destroyed the city in 90 minutes. After this, Fernie was completely rebuilt. There is a legend that the city is cursed by an angry Indian and that the fires are the result of his revenge.
Fernie
The Wave Marble Canyon
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British Columbia (BC; French: Colombie-Britannique) is the westernmost province of Canada, located between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. With an estimated population of 5.071 million as of 2019, it is Canada's third-most populous province. The first British settlement in the area was Fort Victoria, established in 1843, which gave rise to the City of Victoria, at first the capital of the separate Colony of Vancouver Island. Subsequently, on the mainland, the Colony of British Columbia (1858–1866) was founded by Richard Clement Moody and the Royal Engineers, Columbia Detachment, in response to the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush. Moody was Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works for the Colony and the first Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia: he was hand-picked by the Colonial Office in London to transform British Columbia into the British Empire's "bulwark in the farthest west", and "to found a second England on the shores of the Pacific". Moody selected the site for and founded the original capital of British Columbia, New Westminster, established the Cariboo Road and Stanley Park, and designed the first version of the Coat of arms of British Columbia. Port Moody is named after him.In 1866, Vancouver Island became part of the colony of British Columbia, and Victoria became the united colony's capital. In 1871, British Columbia became the sixth province of Canada. Its Latin motto is Splendor sine occasu ("Splendour without Diminishment"). The capital of British Columbia remains Victoria, the fifteenth-largest metropolitan region in Canada, named for Queen Victoria, who ruled during the creation of the original colonies. The largest city is Vancouver, the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada, the largest in Western Canada, and the second-largest in the Pacific Northwest. In October 2013, British Columbia had an estimated population of 4,606,371 (about 2.5 million of whom were in Greater Vancouver). The province is currently governed by the British Columbia New Democratic Party, led by John Horgan, in a minority government with the confidence and supply of the Green Party of British Columbia. Horgan became premier as a result of a no-confidence motion on June 29, 2017. British Columbia evolved from British possessions that were established in what is now British Columbia by 1871. First Nations, the original inhabitants of the land, have a history of at least 10,000 years in the area. Today there are few treaties, and the question of Aboriginal Title, long ignored, has become a legal and political question of frequent debate as a result of recent court actions. Notably, the Tsilhqot'in Nation has established Aboriginal title to a portion of their territory, as a result of the 2014 Supreme Court of Canada decision in Tsilhqot'in Nation v British Columbia.
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View route collection Top car and motorcycle tour through Canada USA and the Rockies
About this route collection
Traveling by car or motorcycle through Canada, USA and the Rockies, is a journey that you do not just make, so also not 15 days driving and then back home. No, book a stay of several days in Vancouver, Jasper, Banff, Seattle and Port Alberni and again Vancouver to visit multiple places of interest in these cities, so that this tour becomes an unforgettable tour that you can look back on with pleasure.

Don't forget to arrange and pack the following:
* This is only a summary and completely personal and may differ per person.

Take out travel insurance, +31 for numbers in GSM, Take out gas (in part), Health insurance coverage at destination ?, Switch off electrical devices, Lighting (timer), Check passport validity, Antenna from radio / TV for lightning, Residence address for those staying behind, Remote control book home alarm, Smart Parking.

Hand luggage:
Liquids in packaging of max. 100 ml, Liquids in hand luggage in clear plastic bag.

For on the road:
Sweets, Book, Earplugs, Country and road map (s), Directions, Maps in your navigation system

Money & Securities:
Bank card / giro card, Credit card (Remember pin code), Cash, Internet banking calculator, Medical insurance card, Travel insurance card.

Travel documents:
Passport, (International) Driving license, Ticket (s), Reservation receipts, Hotel vouchers, Arrival / Departure time, Check-in & check-out times, Valid visa (ESTA), Travel guide.

Clothing:
Underwear, Belt, Shirts / T-shirts, Short pants, Long pants, Shoes, Socks, Swimming trunks, Towel, Bath slippers.

Personal stuff:
Watch, House Keys, Wallet, Sunglasses.

Toiletries:
Deodorant, Shower gel / Soap, Comb / brush, Shaving gear, Shampoo, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Sanitary pads

Health & Medicine:
Own medicines, Insect repellent, Cold sore ointment, Ointment for insect bites, Sunscreen, Norit, Paracetamol, Suction cup for insect bites, First aid bag.

Miscellaneous:
Travel bag / hip bag, Leatherman (= checked bag), Pen or pencil, Head lamp, Lighter, Tools & Electronics, Mobile phone & charger, Photo / video camera & charger, Memory card (s), World plug / adapter, Ipod & charger, Adapter cable Ipod, Headphones, iPad & charger, Navigation & charger / plug, Socket, Fuelpack battery.

Engine (accessories):
Helmet, Motorcycle clothing, Motorcycle boots, Chain lock / disc brake lock, Gloves, Bandana, Inside bags (plastic shopping bag), Insulation bag, Lashing straps, Tiewraps, Rainsuit, Rainaway.

Addresses:
Address list, Telephone number embassy, ​​Telephone number to block (bank) card (s), Telephone number (airline tickets).
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Traveling by car or motorcycle through Canada, USA and the Rockies, is a journey that you don't just make, so also a 15-day drive and then back home. No, book a stay of several days in Vancouver, Jasper, Banff, Seattle and Port Alberni and again Vancouver to visit multiple places of interest in these cities, so that this tour becomes an unforgettable tour that you can look back on pleasure.

Don't forget to arrange and pack the following:
* This is only a summary and completely personal and may differ per person.

Take out travel insurance, +31 for mobile numbers, Take out gas (in part), Health insurance coverage at destination?, Switch off electrical devices, Lighting (timer), Check passport validity, Antenna from radio / TV for lightning, Residence address for those staying behind, Remote control book home alarm, Smart Parking.

Hand luggage:
Liquids in packaging or max. 100 ml, Liquids in hand luggage in transparent plastic bag.

For on the road:
Sweets, Book, Earplugs, Country and road map (s), Directions, Maps in your navigation system

Money & Securities:
Bank / giro card, Credit card (Remember pin code), Cash, Internet banking calculator, Medical insurance card, Travel insurance card.

Travel documents:
Passport, (International) Driving license, Ticket (s), Reservation receipts, Hotel vouchers, Arrival / Departure time, Check-in & check-out times, Valid visas (ESTA), Travel guide.

Clothing:
Underwear, Belt, Shirts / T-shirts, Short pants, Long pants, Shoes, Socks, Swimming trunks, Towel, Bath slippers.

Personal stuff:
Watch, House Keys, Wallet, Sunglasses.

Toiletries:
Deodorant, Shower gel / Soap, Comb / brush, Shaving gear, Shampoo, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Sanitary pads

Health & Medicine:
Own medicines, Insect repellent, Cold sore ointment, Ointment for insect bites, Sunscreen, Norit, Paracetamol, Suction cup for insect bites, First aid bag.

Miscellaneous:
Travel bag / hip bag, Leatherman (= checked bag), Pen or pencil, Head lamp, Lighter, Tools & Electronics, Mobile phone & charger, Photo / video camera & charger, Memory card (s), World plug / adapter, Ipod & charger, Ipod adapter cable, Headphones, iPad & charger, Navigation & charger / plug, Socket, Fuelpack battery.

Engine (accessories):
Helmet, Motorcycle clothing, Motorcycle boots, Chain lock / disc brake lock, Gloves, Bandana, Inside bags (plastic shopping bag), Insulation bag, Lashing straps, Tiewraps, Rainsuit, Rainaway.

Addresses:
Address list, Telephone number embassy, ​​Telephone number to block (bank) card (s), Telephone number (airline tickets).