The grandson was kept amused by a trio of visiting deer who watched with curiosity as we unpacked the SUV. He was also pretty happy about the CPR tracks across the river and happily waved to the engineers as they rumbled past. The adults were less enthusiastic but as it turned out there were only two trains that night…one after the other.
The promise of getting to stay up late to see the “blue moon” rise over the mountains was enough to get the young man into his pj’s and settled down by the campfire.
Day two we visited a country market, stopped in at the Crowsnest Museum and drove the 30-plus km to Sparwood, BC where we saw the World’s Largest Truck. This is not just a gimmick or a papier mâché rendering of a giant truck but the real prototype Terex Titan, built by GM in 1974. It served in a Kaiser Steel iron mine in California before being sent to Sparwood where it continued to be used by Kaiser, BC Resources and Westar mining. In late 1992, the Teck Corporation acquired the mine and donated the truck to the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce for preservation as a public monument. I know this because the eight-year-old told me to Google it. Ahhh the joys of a connected world.