It’s easy to stay a while in the Crowsnest Pass area. Grab a campsite at nearby Chinook Lake, at the foot of Mount Tecumseh (southwest) and Crowsnest Mountain (northeast). The warm, smooth turquoise water beckons any paddler or swimmer and the 90 well-treed tent and RV campsites make an idyllic home during your stay.
“We get to live somewhere where people holiday,” Jessica Atkinson said, as she prepared to head out in a canoe with Heather. Jessica owns Stone’s Throw Cafe in Blairmore. She moved to the Crowsnest Pass area in 2003 and enjoys trail running and mountain biking in the summer, and snowshoeing in the winter. “I’m more adventurous now at 45 than I was at 25,” she said.
It’s just that kind of place that inspires life-changing experiences.
Standing on the shore, I hear the beep of a walkie-talkie. A girl was coming down from her family campsite to cast a line into the lake. Mom was checking in. She looked like she had far more skill confidence than I had when I stood out in the Crowsnest River with Susan earlier that day. Just then, an eagle soared overhead, swooped down, and with both talons effortlessly plucked a fish right up out of the water and kept on flying. Nature sure had us beat!