We recently drove through the Rocky Mountains again on our way northward, and stopped at Valemount, British Columbia, to stretch our legs and spend the night.
The weather was variable with mixed sun and cloud and a few rain showers, but the temperature was well above zero. Fairly typical April weather, really.
Valemount is in the traditional territory of the Kootenai, Shuswap and Rocky Mountain Cree and is located between the Rocky, Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. It’s the nearest community to the west of Jasper National Park and is one of 14 designated resort municipalities in British Columbia (Wikipedia). We often stop there to rest or for the night as there are a couple of good hotels with decent restaurants and there’s also a good local brewery.
There are many outdoor activities in the Valemount area because of its location: skiing, both downhill and cross-country, snowboarding and snowmobiling; and in the summer, hiking and walking. And then there’s the scenery. Surrounded by gorgeous mountains, the views are stunning, no matter the season.
Although we are glad that our regular drives through this area will be coming to end in October, we have really enjoyed Valemount and the many beauties of the area.
It had been a long time since I had seen it during spring (I have recently seen it in summer, autumn and winter) and it didn’t disappoint. It was sunny with a soft spring breeze blowing, and we even heard some birds trilling and chirping. Beautiful!