Time for a change of season and with this a change of Province
I can now share in some new news on the next stage of my Canadian Adventure.
A month and a half ago I (before leaving the Ranch), I had applied for various positions across the province and country in different industries.
Unexpectedly, I received a return email many weeks later to a job I had applied for at a lodge in Alberta and actually forgotten about, thinking it was closed. They were very interested and sent me further employee applications and eventually after a Skype interview and them calling my previous employers (At the Ranch and Mountain) received an email confirming that I had received the job. I am over the moon as the lodge is fantastic and the people I have spoken with seem like such a nice bunch and what an ideal location to spend the spring in.
I will be heading to Alberta (one of Canada’s 3 Prairie Provinces).
Departing “Beautiful British Columbia” for “The Wild Rose Country” of Alberta
Alberta is located in western Canada, bounded by the provinces of British Columbia to the west and Saskatchewan to the east, the Northwest Territories to the north, and the U.S. state of Montana to the south.
I will be heading to the Canadian Rockies and working at the Simpson’s Num-Ti-Jah Lodge:
Located on Bow Lake
Here I will be based in the Guest Relations Department at the lodge. However, the lodge also focuses on cross-over work between departments which allows guests to move and experience other departments as well. The lodge, due to its remoteness offers on-site staff accommodation which is another added bonus.
The lodge is a beautiful log and stone hotel with 16 rooms on the shores of Bow Lake.
Bow Lake is a small lake in western Alberta, Canada. It is located on the Bow River, in the Canadian Rockies, at an altitude of 1920 m. The region is known for its outstanding lakes and the varied colours which range from emerald green to bright blue making it a popular destination for tourists.
It is situated about 1hr North of the popular town of Banff and 30 minutes North of Lake Louise. I am extremely excited to be spending Spring working in the heart of the Canadian Rockies surrounded by more beautiful mountains, lakes and wilderness.
I will get to enjoy hiking, swimming, biking, fishing and kayaking.
The below extract paints a perfect picture of its setting:
“The small octagonal log cabin sits on a slight rise on the edge of Bow Lake. One hundred yards from the splendid Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, it usually goes unnoticed. The red shingles curl on the pyramid roof and a few windows of the enclosed verandah are cracked. But out of those panes unfolds one of the great views of the Canadian Rockies. A creek trickles through the willow flats and under a footbridge, behind it the indigo blue of Bow Lake pours like spilled paint to an alpine skirt of evergreen. Crowfoot Mountain and tilting Saint Nicholas are to the southwest, and Portal Peak and Mount Thompson to the west. Saddled in the middle is the receding Bow Glacier, its falls dropping over limestone tiers to a landscape cut and crumbled by creeping ice.”
Christine Barnes, Great Lodges of the Canadian Rockies.
History of the Lodge and Area
“The Stoney Indians called him ‘Nashan-esen,’ meaning ‘wolverine-go-quick,’ because of his speed in traveling on snowshoes over the rugged landscape of the Rockies.”
Jimmy Simpson - Legend of the Rockies
Num-Ti-Jah is a historical 17,000 square foot rustic log lodge, built in 1937 by Jimmy Simpson, on the north shore of beautiful Bow Lake. Jimmy Simpson was one of the original pioneers of the Canadian Rockies, and described Bow Lake as one of the most beautiful places he had ever seen. Bow Lake is located 22 miles/35 kilometers north of Lake Louise on the scenic Icefields Parkway (Hwy #93) 120 miles south of the Jasper town site.
The current Winter Ski season at Mount Washington ends around mid April when the mountain will close for the season. There will still be a good amount of snow up until May/June however the skiing will have come to an end. I am looking at leaving and finishing up towards the end of March. It will not make sense staying on for an extra 2 weeks as I would literally only be working to pay off another 2 weeks rent.
I will then leave Strathcona Provincial Park, Comox Valley, Courtenay and Vancouver Island and sadly move onward. I think I have become rather settled here and could easily stay on the island forever. But there is still a lot of ground to cover and many sites to see and I will need to move on.
I will spend the month of April traveling. I am still working on a few plans that could involve me heading up to the Yukon Territory, Alaska or seeing more of BC. I will then drop back into Vancouver for the last time before heading onward to Calgary or Edmonton (Capital of Alberta province) and then onward to the lodge through Banff. Another great journey and trip all on its own. The territory to cover here is massive as are the distances between cities.
I would have loved to spend more time living and working in downtown Vancouver as it is such a great convenient city however this will not be possible, as I only have so much time in which to traverse the country. All in all Vancouver Island has been such a treat; I came for 2 weeks vacation over the holidays and landed up staying for 3.5 months playing in the snow. That pretty much say’s it all.
Look forward to new adventures in Alberta ...