Here are some random odd attractions to be enjoyed while traveling through various parts of the Rockies……
The Banff Cemetery
You can actually get a pamphlet from Parks Canada showing off the gravesite locations of some of the Park’s more well known individuals. Found on Buffalo Street east of downtown.
One of my all time favorite mountain obscurities is the glass enshrined Merman found in the Indian Trading Post across the Bow River in downtown Banff. Go to the back of the store on the left. They even still sell the classic postcard of it posed, which hung randomly in my grandpa’s pool room while I was growing up and it intrigued me back then. There has been numerous articles written about its’ origin over the years.
Conrad Kain Park
This small but important memorial park to Canada’s most accomplished mountaineer is located next to a basketball/hockey rink in the center of the town of Wilmer B.C. which is 5kms north of Invermere at the junction to go up to Panorama Ski Resort. Turn right onto Main Ave and head to the center of the hamlet. Kain’s house is located a few blocks away.
Field Jail and Historic Buildings
If you are in Field, B.C. and maybe finished a day of ice climbing go check out some of the historic buildings about town, a good walking tour. The current private homes- do not trespass- have signs out front on the street describing the structures history. Of note to this author staying in one of the rental homes one winter was the neighbors home…the old jail! I mention this yellow home at the top end of town here because in the 1930s my grandfather went to jail here for three days. He and a friend had rode the rails to BC looking for work and on the illegal ride back to Saskatchewan they were both caught in Field. They were remanded in this building and had to tend the officer’s garden to have early leave.
These tepid large sulphur hot springs found down some forestry roads 5km south of the town of Elkford B.C. are kinda worth visiting if your in the area. From Sparwood, drive north to Elkford. From here you will need some local knowledge to get to the Springs but you will go off onto a wide forestry road which gets much more rugged the further along. Ask for directions. There is a diving board, rope swing, benches, and a log trough big enough for a person to sit in however uninviting it may seem.
Revelstoke Obscure Garbage Can Memorial
Driving in ‘west Revy’ one day I had to turn the car 360 degrees around and head back to what looked like a City of Revelstoke maintenance yard. There just off the road, high upon a pillar of cement was a huge flashback to my youth of the 1970s: an animated character garbage can in its original bright yellow and green colors with a mouth for where the trash goes. For now that is all I know of it but I plan to update this info when I return to that nice town and get the low-down as to why it has been immortalized and not, tossed in the trash.