Spring in the Crowsnest

Spring officially arrived about two weeks ago. Although the weather has been a bit unsettled lately, it looks like winter is gradually coming to an end in the Crowsnest Pass. The ice is receding on some of the local lakes and rivers. Anglers are making their way out onto open water once again.

The further east you travel from the Pass, the more spring-like it becomes. Poplar trees are beginning to bud and grass in the ditches along roads and on south-facing hills is sprouting and turning green. There are plenty of ducks and Canada geese around. Robins and bluebirds have also returned.

Canada Geese on Lee Lake
Crowsnest River at the Pink Bridge near Burmis Lake
Crowsnest River at the Hwy. 507 Bridge
Crowsnest River at the Iron Bridge near Lundbreck
Crowsnest River downstream of Lundbreck
Crowsnest River downstream of Lundbreck

As you travel west toward the mountains and the B.C. border, it still looks like winter. It will be another month before the spring runoff begins. In the meantime, there will probably be more snow to come.

Crowsnest River upstream of Coleman
Crowsnest Mountain
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  1. Nicholas Swoboda April 5, 2022 at 2:10 pm #

    I too enjoyed the photos. Nice to see open water and the changing of the seasons.

    – Nick

    • Vic Bergman April 5, 2022 at 4:28 pm #

      Hi Nick,

      It won’t be long and the ice will be off all the lakes around here. Not much ice left on most of the rivers, especially in the lower reaches. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. Thanks!

    • RONALD Tsujikawa May 10, 2023 at 11:24 am #

      Nice pics… Great to be able to keep up with at least parts of the Pass. Thank you!

      • Vic Bergman May 10, 2023 at 12:37 pm #

        Hi Ronald,

        I’m glad you liked the photos. Thanks!

  2. Jim Williams April 5, 2022 at 8:19 am #

    Hope! Light on the horizon, more each day. It’s coming! Thanks for the glimpses.

    • Vic Bergman April 5, 2022 at 11:35 am #

      Hi Jim,

      It’s getting nicer every day. It won’t be long now!

  3. robert garnier April 4, 2022 at 4:00 pm #

    Vic: Great spring photos. My favorite is the first one: Angler on Dock. Like the lighting, illuminated side of dock, flat/still water, ice out, reflection, angler stance and fly line really shows/ pops. Nice job.

    • Vic Bergman April 4, 2022 at 10:05 pm #

      Hi Bob,

      Glad you like the photos. Lee Lake opened quickly this year. Once there was 10-20 feet of open water along shore, and the wind picked up, it only took a couple of days for the ice to come off the lake. There was some nice light the evening I took the photo. Thanks for commenting. Talk to you soon.

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