ABC’s of the Rockies – F
// April 20th, 2011 // Uncategorized
Just two minutes down the road from us you’ll find incredible history, stunning scenery in some of the nicest people a little town called Field, BC.
Tents and shacks were set up as the first settlers arrived in the 1880s to start construction on the transcontinental Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). This was crucial to not only trading but also the development of the country; it enticed many provinces to join the confederation creating the foundation for Canada.
The townsite was named after an American investor, Cyrus Field, who never ended up investing a dime! The CPR built and developed many of the surrounding hiking trails and even hired Swiss guides to escort amateur mountaineers in order to entice rich potential investors to stay at the many mountain hotels and chalets.
When visiting in the area you will find out quickly why so many hiking trails were developed – no matter the direction is it absolutely stunning! There are protected sites like Lake O’Hara and the UNESCO Burgess Shale and hundreds of kilometers of other hiking areas taking you through tall trees, over glaciers and under waterfalls.
Best of all, the history has lead to some amazing people falling in love with the town. Head to The Siding, also known as the General Store for a great meal and connect with some small town locals. They love to share stories and advice about their favorite activities and secret locations! (I mean it…check out this interview with Greg I had earlier this year).
During your trip through the Rocky Mountains set aside some time and explore this cute town!