Chapter 5 - Forty Winks - 00 24 16

00 24 16
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Location: Hwy 742, Goat Creek
GPS:   51d 3m 35.52s    -115d 25m 51.54s
Map / Satellite Image: Google Link
Site Name: Pole Bridge

Travel Directions:
The Pole Bridge (Campsite #2) is at the northern end of Spray Valley Provincial Park, off Hwy 742, 7.3 km south of the Three Sisters Drive intersection in Canmore, and 2.1 km north of the Riding Ridge. The easiest way to access the site is to follow Hwy 742 and park at the Goat Creek Picnic Area. Walk south along Hwy 742 for approximately 200 meters. At the point where the utility lines cross Hwy 742 you will see a gravel road to your right (west). Turn right and follow the gravel road approximately 0.7 km downhill until you reach a clearing. Turn right and continue across the clearing, passing the “Get Goin’, Cowboy” Hillside (Fight Hill), and the Dozy Embrace site. If you encounter temporary fencing in this area, go around it to the right. As you approach Goat Creek, you will see the familiar pole bridge and campsite. For pictures taken during a hike to this location, see “Hike to Campsite #2” in Albums.

To reach Hwy 742 (also known as Spray Lakes Rd. / Smith-Dorrien Rd.): From Hwy 1 (Trans-Canada Hwy), use Exit 91 “Hwy 1A - Canmore.” Follow Bow Valley Trail 2.2 km, turn left (northwest) onto Railway Ave. Proceed 0.5 km and turn left (west) at Main St. (also known as 8th St.), go 0.6 km and turn left (south) onto Bridge Rd. (also known as 8th Ave. / Rundle Drive). At the “T” intersection, turn left (south) on Three Sisters Drive, proceed 0.6 km and turn right (west) at Spray Lakes Rd. (also known as Hwy 742). (Or simply follow the helpful “Kananaskis Country” signs throughout Canmore.) See map of Canmore.

Campsite #2 is high on every Brokeback pilgrim’s list of places to savor. It boasts an unmatched assortment of memorable settings. The tent area, the “Get Goin’, Cowboy” Hillside (Fight Hill), the Pole Bridge, and, of course, the Dozy Embrace site, make for a remarkable visit.

Yes, there is a lot to photograph, but do reserve a bit of time to reflect upon the spirit of this place and the beauty of what happened here.

“You may be a sinner but I ain’t yet had the opportunity.”

Pictures of surrounding area:









  Revised 29 April 2014