V1 The Ferry To Kaslo, From Waterton Lakes to the 1890s Silver Boom Country, Canadian Rockies
The Tegeler’s home in Silverton is perched on a mountainside looking out on forest and mountaintops. Located on a winding dirt road far from city services, it required them to develop their own vital infrastructure—fresh water, electrical power, Internet access. By the way, in Winter, the snow on their road is measured in feet!
I traveled from Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta westward on the Crowsnest Highway to British Columbia and the ski resort town of Fernie, where I had a perfect day to ride the ski lift.
During my drive on the Crowsnest Highway, I stopped at the site of a famous natural disaster, now called the Frank Slide. In April of 1903, the coal mining town of Frank was buried in the collapse of much of the mountain next to town. When you see the relative size of a railroad train going through the slide, you appreciate the magnitude of the 1903 catastrophe.
From Fernie, I drove West to Creston, then turned North to drive along the shores of beautiful, 100-mile-long Kootenay Lake. That scenic road leads to a ferry across the huge lake to the small town of Kaslo. The final leg was on a scenic winding mountain road from Kaslo to New Denver, then South along the shore of Slocan Lake to the small town of Silverton.