Radium Hot Springs Travel Blog› entry 27 of 34 › view all entries
We say goodbye to our cozy spot at the Illecillewaet Campground and return towards Golden after a short stops at Rogers pass for a coffee to go. Through some little villages towards Radium Hot Springs. We skip the hot springs and drive through Kootenay National Park to Banff. There have been some fires which left a barren landscape, tree stumps standing in a sad brown background.
To get out of the RV and stretch our legs a bit we stop for a short walk at the ‘Paint pots’. The Parks Canada website sais about the Paint Pots:
The Ktunaxa (formerly Kootenay), as well as the Stoney and Blackfoot tribes, collected ochre here for important ceremonies and for trade. The yellow ochre was cleaned, kneaded with water into walnut sized balls, then flattened into cakes and baked. The red powder was mixed with fish oil or animal grease to paint their bodies, tipis, clothing or pictures on the rocks. These paintings depicted many objects from day to day life as well as more abstract drawings that may have originated in dreams or represented supernatural beings. The Paint Pots site is still considered a sacred site by First Nations today. Please treat it with respect - stay on the trail and do not remove the ochre.
We drive over the beautiful Vermilion Pass back into Alberta and to Banff. Here we go to the last campground open this late in the season: the Tunnel Mountain camping.