I got up and packed up my tent while it was snowing, today I would be heading from Banff to Radium hot springs. I would be passing through Kootenay National Park which will be the 5th National park of my trip! My first stop in Kootenay national park was at the the continental divide between the Pacific watersheds, not nearly as exciting you would would expect.
After a short stop it was on to see the “paint pots”. The paint pots are a natural phenomenon where cold iron rich minerals bubble up through small pools staining the surrounding earth a deep ochre. Unfortunately these pots where mostly frozen over.
On the way into the paint pots there was a really nice swampy grass land which was pretty different after spending the past week or so in very mountainous terrain.
Next stop was the Radium hot springs which was very nice change from the freezing temperatures, out side the hot springs where was a herd of big horn sheep.
After relaxing in the hot springs it was time to make camp. Just as I finished setting up my tent at Dry Gultch provincial park the weather got scary. A blizzard quickly moved in with strong winds causing trees to blow down and visibility was reduced to under 10 feet, fun stuff!
Tomorrow time to head to Rossland before making the last leg of the trip to Vancouver.