Oh Deer, Bannock and Blue Waters

Rocky Mountain House:
Our stay in Rocky Mountain House coincided with Nicole’s 40th birthday. My mission was to secure a chocolate cake, but most of the places in town had either slices or slabs, no perfectly sized cakes for a travelling family of four.

I settled on getting some chocolate from the local shops and wanted to get back before some stormy weather. On my walk over I saw what I thought to be two amazing deer sculptures, at least that’s what I thought they were until they moved. Standing six feet away from a pair of beautiful young deer was amazing, and I took a picture, but my phone died right after and all I had was this when I looked later…

The next day, we took in the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site. A section of the visitor centre was dedicated to the life of David Thompson, who mapped 3.9 million square kilometres of Canada.

They also had an event called “Bastions and Bones”, where they had a fur trade camp and costumed re-enactors. Previously, at Fort William in Thunder Bay, ON, the boys were recruited as voyageurs with the NorthWest Company, and now they decided to switch their allegiance to became part of the Hudson’s Bay Company. They received their new jobs (Milo was now a ‘carpenter’ and Fisher was an ‘guide/interpreter’) and had tasks to perform around the fort.


We also had a chance to try our hand at using a flint and rock to make sparks for a fire (much harder than it looks) and to try some bannock in the Metis village. The kids really seem to like the historical reenactments.


The next day on our drive to Kicking Horse, much to the boys chagrin, we had to make a couple of stops along the way to stretch our legs and snap some pictures, which speak for themselves.

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