Photo: Raymond Thomas

Photo: Raymond Thomas

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Raymond Thomas, of Salmo, shares this stunning image he took on the Kootenay Pass last week.

“I took the photo near the top of a peak called Baldy Rocks,” Raymond noted. “It’s south of the highway parking lot at Bridal Lake at the top of the pass.”

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About the Kootenay Pass:

Kootenay Pass, known locally as “the Salmo–Creston” is a mountain pass in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia.

The pass summit divides the drainage basin of the Pend d’Oreille River on the west (via tributaries Stagleap Creek, the South Salmo River and the Salmo River) from that of Kootenay River/Kootenay Lake to the east (via tributary Summit Creek).

It is used by the Crowsnest Highway to transverse the Selkirks, connecting the communities of Salmo and Creston.

At its opening the highway route was also dubbed the Kootenay Skyway.

The pass summit is located within Stagleap Provincial Park near Bridal Lake.

The Kootenay Pass is one of the highest highway-served passes in Canada that is open year-round, although it is frequently closed in bad weather for avalanche control and clearing of debris.

Bow Summit on the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, Alberta, is higher at 2,088 m (6,850 ft). Highwood Pass in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, is even higher at 2,206 m (7,238 ft), but it is traversed by Highway 40, which closes from December 1 to June 15 every year.

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