Border Crossing/Edmonton, Alberta

Wednesday, June 1st, took us from Great Falls, Montana, north on I-15 to the Canadian border, and then on to Calgary and Edmonton - a total drive of over 500 miles.  The weather was beautiful, with good roads all the way. 

Calgary and Edmonton are both large, very modern cities.  Calgary has a population of over 900,000 and Edmonton, the provincial capital has more than 600,000 people  When we arrived at the campground, a number of our "fellow travelers" to Alaska were already there.

We'll be spending the next few days touring Edmonton, cleaning, and making last-minute repairs on the coach.  Then on Tuesday, June 8, it's off to Dawson Creek, the official first stop on the Alaska Highway.

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North to the Border

Driving north on I-15. The arrows point to the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains in Glacier National Park, about 75-100 miles to our west.

Approaching the Border

The thriving metropolis of Sweetgrass, Montana, at the end (or beginning) of I-15

Border Crossing

Lots of construction to accomodate a new 4 lane highway on the Canadian side. It took us all of 5 minutes to clear Canadian Customs.

Flat!

Southern Alberta is even flatter, if that's possible, than northern Montana, but beautiful in its own way. There are many large farms and what appears to be very fertile fields.

Campground in Edmonton

A very nice campground, with large, shaded sites. We are quite far north at this point, about 350 miles north of the border and on about the same latitude as Juneau, Alaska. This photo was taken at 10:30 PM.

Repairing the Bear

Our friend, Jo Lynch, helps us repair the very nice "Campground Bear" that was given to Sue by her co-workers.