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The Columbia and Kootenay valleys

Heading south from Radium Hot Springs and Kootenay National Park, Hwy-93/95 travels through scenery that rivals the big Rockies parks to the north. The route follows the bottom of the broad Columbia River Valley, which becomes the Kootenay River Valley in the south and is bordered to the east by the soaring, craggy Rockies and to the west by the more rolling Purcell Mountains. At Cranbrook these highways meet Hwy-3, which heads east towards Fernie, Crowsnest Pass and Alberta, or west towards Vancouver along the US border – over which there are numerous crossings. Greyhound buses ply all these routes.

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