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The David Thompson Highway provides access to the centre of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, but because it's far from the large cities of Calgary or Edmonton or Calgary, it's often overlooked.
Unlike the main corridors to the mountains, it's largely unpopulated, with large areas of wilderness and few tourists. Great scenery, though.
Forest fire terrain
Crescent Falls on the Ram River
North Saskatchewan River where it turns into Abraham Lake. White water where the current is fast enough to suspend the glacial silt, and blue where it starts to drop out.
Abraham Lake, 30 miles long, was created when the North Saskatchewan River valley was flooded to make a reservoir for a power dam.
Nordegg: Mostly abandoned, an old mining town.
If you're headed this way, consider avoiding the tourist routes to get to the Rockies. Head to Red Deer, then Rocky Mountain House, then keep going up the David Thompson. You'll still get to the National Parks, but the drive will be a lot more interesting!