We enjoyed a warmer and dryer climate in Kootenay National Park. There are a number of good hiking trails many are very steep and run along the cliff edge. The Juniper Trail provided exhilarating photo ops!
We were impressed with spectacular aerial views of the Columbia Valley and the Columbia Wetlands. From the south Kootenays, near the border with the U.S., the Columbia River meanders north to Mica Dam on Kinbasket Lake before it turns south again, passing through Revelstoke, eventually emptying into the Pacific Ocean west of Portland Oregon. These Wetlands support a large diversity of wildlife including endangered species, and are one of the longest, intact and protected wetlands in North America - 180 km in length - pretty impressive from a conservation standpoint, owing to the work of many groups responsible for its protection.
The habitat and climate near Radium Hot Springs is perfect for Bighorn Sheep. There is little snow in the winter on the grassy slopes above the River so they can forage for food during the cold months. There is a large herd in this area with over 200 members. Grazing on a grassy slope, above the Columbia River, we saw a group of beautiful, large, male Bighorn Sheep. Another incredible chapter in our Art Adventure!