After our 12 day cruise from Boston, USA to Quebec City, Canada we flew to Calgary and then started our road trip around the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We arrived late into Calgary and stayed one night in the Applause Hotel at Calgary Airport then next day started our drive west on the first leg to Canmore.
Rather than taking the highway we took the smaller road which ran on the north side of the Bow River via Cochrane and Kananaskis and known as the Bow Valley Trail. This was much more scenic route and gave us more opportunities to stop and take in the scenery.
Our first stop was the McDougal Memorial United Church which sat at the side of the Bow River. The historic McDougall Memorial United Church is located a few miles from Morley. Built in 1875, it was southern Alberta’s oldest surviving Protestant church and the oldest remaining structure in the Bow Valley until it was destroyed by fire on May 22, 2017. It was once a part of Morleyville, the oldest pioneer settlement in southern Alberta and home to its first herd of breeding cattle. Founded by the Methodist missionary George McDougal and his sons as a missionary outpost, Morleyville existed until 1921 when a new church was built in the present settlement of Morley, which had developed around the Morley Indian Agency building. The old church is now a provincial historic site.
We walked past the remains of the church and down to the riverside. It was beautiful with all the fall colours just starting to form.
Further along the Bow Valley Trail we stopped by the river and took our lunch break. We had packed some sandwiches and snacks and sat down under the warm sun right next to the river – very relaxing.
A little further along the road I spotted a sign for a golf course so couldn’t resist the urge to visit. Brewster’s Kananaskis Ranch Golf Course looked stunning with a wonderful setting next to the Bow River and the mountains as a backdrop.
Before we reached Canmore we stopped at Gap Lake, another scenic spot with some dramatic mountains surrounding the lake. This was an excellent start to our 2 week road trip and set the tone for the forthcoming days of lakes, rivers, forests, mountains and lots of fresh air.
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