Banff National Park: Morning...

We actually set an alarm today, in order to head to Banff and get a special hike in.

Oh man, it was like Tahoe weather!
Banff National Park, by the way, is Canada’s first national park. From Banff’s humble beginnings as a 10 square mile hot springs reserve, Banff National Park now consists of 2,600 square miles of unparalleled mountain scenery nestled in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies. Wow!
Getting up early gave us the reward of seeing this guy.
Okay, so we kind of have a thing for the Continental Divide. How often does one have the opportunity to straddle a hydrological divide?
And this interesting "bridge" is a wildlife crossing. These structures allow animals to cross human-made barriers (roads) safely. They are becoming increasingly common in Canada and the United States. Recognizable wildlife crossings are found here in Banff National Park, where vegetated overpasses provide safe passage over the Trans-Canada Highway for bears, moose, deer, wolves, elk, and many other species. The 24 wildlife crossings in Banff were constructed as part of a road improvement project in 1978. We think these crossing are pretty cool (we actually learned about them in Radium Hot Springs).

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Karen Booth said...

There was a 60 Minutes piece about mountain lions in L.A. and they have or are going to put in a crossing for them. I'm all for that!

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