Canada Report

Part 4.2:

Columbia Valley - Kootenay National Park

Our accommodation on that day - Marble Canyon Campground, highly recommended.

Noone was there because of a heavy rainfall.

We set up our tent as the rain stopped for a little while. After that we gathered all of the wood in the campground that was nearly dry and put it in storage under the table. Then we were ready for the next adventure.

Five large fires demolitioned twelve per cent of the park surface in 2003. In 2009 the forests were slowly recreating.

Our next point of interest: Paint Pots.

The trail is three kilometers long and easy to walk.

The water in the cold springs and the ground around it are coloured with iron oxid.

Native Americans obtained the "red earth" - ochre paint pigment here.

They mixed it with fish oil or animal grease and painted their bodies, tipis, clothing and pictures on rocks.

It was raining heavily, so we were lucky to wear water-proof clothing.

Always use a camera condom when it's getting wild and wet.

There are two major rivers flowing through Kootenay National Park - Kootenay River and Vermillion River, pictured below.

Many wild beings were walking along the road in the evening.

White-tail deer.

Ranger's dog.

Ranger himself.

We met the grizzly three kilometers away from our tent. Since Marble Canyon Campground is not fenced in, it was the night I'll remember the most.

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