British Columbia - Highway 95/93
Highway 95 and Highway 93
All photos were taken heading south, though a couple look back north.
Looking west at the Purcell Mountains just after Highways 95 and 93 come together in Radium Hot Springs, Mt. Bruce is on the left and Mt. Forster is on the right.
Ahead, the base of Mt. Sinclair in the Stanford Range to my left/east. Behind, Redstreak Mountain.
Past the end of Mt. Sinclair, there's a very random chapel nestled in a tiny group of houses (and a towing company) below Swansea Mountain (2nd and 3rd photos) and the foothills of Pinto Mountain.
Two more views of Pinto Mountain, one more of Swansea.
Several minutes later, approaching Fairmont Hot Springs, these are photos of Fairmont Mountain and the eponymous ridge that leads into it, still part of the Stanford Range.
Two more Fairmont Mountains.
On the other side of Fairmont Hot Springs, the road bends west and I am again facing the Purcell Mountains. Mt. Marion is behind the hillocks to the left, Mt. Abel is ahead in the back, and Mt. Brewer is in the clouds to the right.
The highway passes right by one of the Fairmont or Dutch Creek Hoodoos. A hoodoo is an eroded sandstone tower.
Turned south again, the highway passes along the west shore of Columbia Lake, affording more views panning from Fairmont Mountain to the foothills of Mt. de Smet to its south.
More takes on the same scene.
I can no longer see Fairmont Mountain, but to compensate, the Top of the World Provincial Park with its many peaks is in the distance across the lake.
More Mt. de Smet. Its bases rises up in a spiral from the lake (2nd photo) back toward its peak.
At the south end of Columbia Lake, Mount de Smet is to the left and Mount Grainger is behind it to the right.
The road bends again, Mt. Grainger is ahead, and the south side of Mt. de Smet is to the left.
Looking east at the southern extremities of Lussier Peak.
My last eastward photos, south of Skookumchuck, feature Travois Peak to the left and Teepee Mountain to the right, or as much as you can see in the clouds. On a clear day, each has several constituent peaks.
A final look north from the southern junction of Highways 95 and 93 yields what I believe is the south side of Mt. Bill Nye. No, not him. It was named in 1954 for Chief Midik Bill Nye. Maybe the Science Guy was named for the First Nations chief.
Onto Highway 93 alone
Continue south on Highway 95 to Idaho (US Route 95)
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