Calgary to Vancouver by Greyhound

Some of this journey was done by car before repeating it in its entirety on a coach journey from Calgary to Vancouver, stopping off at Nelson and Kelowna along the way.  The coach makes stops at the principal towns and at some of them there is a short break which gives a chance for photography.  But a car is essential if you want to spend longer in any of the places.  Cinema goers may recognize the Java Shop  in Fort Macleod which features in Brokeback Mountain.  Passengers have time there to get a snack in the Java Shop which is the Greyhound Agent and at which the coach stops for a short while.  The opening scenes of the film also show Cowley (the next stop) purporting to be Signal, Wyoming.  But you have no opportunity there to leave the coach.  Heads-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is not on the Greyhound route and you need a car.  One thing to remember if you intend breaking your coach journey along the way is that there may not be another coach for 24 hours.
Okotoks Elizabeth Street Elizabeth Street Okotoks
Okotoks, Elizabeth Street - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
MacRae Street Okotoks Okotoks MacRae Street
Okotoks, MacRae Street - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Boot Hill Gallery Okotoks Longview Jerky
Boot Hill Gallery, Okotoks (left);  Longview Jerky Shop, near Okotoks (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Okotoks grain elevator Okotoks Canadian Pacific grain train
This grain elevator (above) at Okotoks no longer stores grain and the brown building in the background is the former passenger depotAn empty grain train (right) heads out of town from Okotoks - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow 
Okotoks Alberta Okotoks Alberta
 Harvest fields near Okotoks - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
High River Alberta Route 216 Alberta
Railway bridge at High River (left);  Route 216 (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Nanton grain elevators Nanton Alberta
Colourful restored grain elevators at Nanton - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Nanton Air Museum Avro Canada Nanton
Nanton Air Museum - photo editing has removed the stands.  The indoor collection includes an Avro Lancaster - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Nanton Alberta Aunt Alma's Nanton
Nanton - modern grain silo (left) and Aunt Alma's home cooking (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Alberta Farm Rouse 66 Route 66 Okotoks to Fort MacLeod
Route 216 between Okotoks and Fort Macleod - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Claresholm Alberta Alberta Claresholm
 Claresholm - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is not on the Greyhound route - a car is essential to visit here - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Fort MacLeod Alberta Alberta Fort MacLeod
Fort Macleod at Crowsnest Highway and 2nd Avenue with the Fort Museum (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Greyhound Fort MacLeod
 Fort Macleod standby Greyhound coach outside the Java Shop in Fort Macleod - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Java Shop Fort MacLeod Java Shop Fort MacLeod Brokeback Mountain
Fort Macleod Java Shop in 2nd AvenueGreyhound Coaches between Calgary and Kelowna make a brief stop at the Java Shop which doubles as the Greyhound agent- PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Brokeback Mountain Java Shop Brokeback Mountain Fort MacLeod

The inside of the Java Shop may look familiar - it features in the film Brokeback Mountain - PHOTOS Malcolm McCrow

Ennis del Mar [Heath Ledger] - in the film Brokeback Mountain

Fort MacLeod Alberta Alberta Fort MacLeod
 Silos by the railway at Fort Macleod - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Signal Wyoming Cowley Alberta
Cowley, Alberta (Signal Wyoming) is the next stop for the coach after Fort Macleod.  The rail tracks feature in the town's coat of arms (right)  - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Signal Wyoming Cowley Alberta
Cowley, Alberta also features in Brokeback Mountain as Signal, Wyoming. - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Brokeback Mountain Cowley Alberta
Cowley is not a large town and the Greyhound calls only briefly but you need to come by car if you want to see the [parallel] street and buildings which appear in the film - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Brokeback Mountain Signal Wyoming Cowley Alberta
The butcher's shop (above) - viewed from the railway - was boarded up to appear as a warehouse in the film Brokeback Mountain and Joe Aguirre's trailer was located in the car park;  careful camera shots and a fence were needed to obscure the wind farm on the hill behind the church (right)  - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Frank Slide Alberta Frank Slide Alberta
The Frank Slide occurred in April 1903 when the side of Turtle Mountain collapsed and engulfed the town of Frank - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Sinnot Farm grain elevator Alberta wind turbines
Grain elevator forms a backdrop to a coal train (left);  wind turbines (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
British Columbia
Unknown Town Alberta Cranbrook Alberta
Mural on a wall in an unidentified town (left);  arriving Cranbrook, BC where the coach stopped for about 40 minutes (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
CP Rail SD40-2 Cranbrook Alberta Canadian Pacific Cranbrook Alberta
A trio of Canadian Pacific SD40-2s head a manifest through Cranbrook, the last stop for the Greyhound in Alberta - VIDEO CAPTUREs Malcolm McCrow
Nelson to Vancouver by Greyhound  
SOO Line Hopper Canadian Pacific grain car
Freight Train - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
BC grain elevator BC school bus
Through the coach window - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Salmo - BC Salmo British Columbia
Greyhound coaches make a stop at Salmo where there is time for a meal and a quick look around - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Salmo BC British Columbia Salmo
Salmo, BC - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Salmo - Greyhound Canada coach Salmo logging truck
Lunch stop at Salmo bound from Nelson to Kelowna - VIDEO CAPTUREs Malcolm McCrow
Salmo church Greyhound stop BC
A diminutive church in Salmo (left);  Another  Greyhound Agent and another out-of-town stop beyond Kelowna (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
approaching Vancouver BC vineyards
Forested slopes (left) and the Rockies form a backdrop to a vineyard on the run into Vancouver (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Greyhound coach Vancouver Vancouver Greyhound coach terminal
Last stop before Vancouver (above);  arriving at Vancouver coach depot which is adjacent to the railway station (above) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow