Day 3 of 14: Canadian Rockies: Idaho to Canada

Today's itinerary: On this day we would travel from Bonner's Ferry, Idaho, across the border and on to Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia

Note: Hang in there, all you mountain lovers....
We will be into the Rocky Mountains (via Kootenay National Park, Alberta) on Day #4.

We checked out of the Best Western at Bonner's Ferry and with an "app" on Laurie's cell phone called "Yelp" we read rave reviews about a breakfast/lunch cafe in Bonner's Ferry called The Badger Den Cafe and Latte.  Yelp was right! We had a wonderful breakfast to start us on our way.

Laurie talking with the owner

First decent view of the Canadian Rockies

Other than stopping along the road to admire the scenery, the major stop of the day was Fort Steele Heritage Town. The town popped up during the mining boom in the late 1800s (lead, silver, and zinc) but when the railroad passed it by in favor of neighboring Cranbrook, Fort Steele soon became a ghost town. Declared a heritage site in the 1960s, restored and reconstructed buildings now are on display with living-history actors during the summer months.

These are a few of the Heritage Town buildings:

Afternoon sustenance.  I like a treat with my hot coffee.  Laurie goes for the ice coffee

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is a 365 day per year resort, with skiing and golf in season.  It has been a destination for its mineral hot springs since the 1880s.  That's Laurie standing next to one of the original hot springs baths.  Today, the hot springs feed into several large swimming pools.

Sunset:  About 9 pm

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