Slocan, BC to Canmore, AB

August 13-14, 2008

The morning after our climb on Gimli, we drive to Slocan (not much of a town) and stop by the general store to inquire about the ferry toward Revelstoke. We're told it's free and sails on the half-hour, every hour. We're going! We're all excited about getting the bus on a ferry! It takes us about an hour of driving to reach the landing. It's kind of weird: the landing is simply the end of a steep downhill sectionů luckily, I had just downshifted into second gear before I went around the last curve and saw the line of cars lined up for the ride. Had just enough time to stop...

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Driving along Slocan Lake.
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Queueing up to get on the free (even for the bus) ferry joining Gallena Bay to Shelter Bay.
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Our ferry approaching the landing at Gallena Bay.
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Quite a crowd on the boat.
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Enjoying the views and the great weather.

After a 15-minute wait, we get on the boat and sail across. The ride takes around 20 minutes. Beautiful weather; we take a million pics. Once off the ferry, we drive to Revelstoke. We spend an hour at the library, checking the weather and getting info about Assiniboine (the hut, the helicopters, etc) and Wiwaxy (bike access, busses, etc). The high pressure system is here to stay. We decide to try and climb the North Ridge of Assiniboine, IF we can get a spot in the hut. We'll call tomorrow morning.

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Looking at the crowd of bikers from inside the bus.
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More views of the bay.
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Ditto.
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Driving along the Icefield Parkway.
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We're back in Canmore (one of our favorite towns). Yeah!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008: We call the helicopter service and the hut. Amazingly enough, there are spaces available in both! We make reservations for a helicopter ride and two nights at the Hind hut. We have no time to loose. We need to be ready and flying out by mid-day tomorrow! We immediately leave for Canmore. We get there by mid-day and spend all afternoon preparing our packs (at the visitor center: nice lawn and a picnic table), then a good portion of the evening looking for a place to leave the bus while we're on Assiniboine. After starting to despair a bit about finding a good spot, we go to the Heliport to ask if we could leave the bus there, and they agree. It's pretty late when we go back to bus at the visitor center. We decide to spend the night there and move the bus to the Heliport the next morning.