This is the west side of the front range of the Rocky Mountains. The Kootenay River running down the middle of the valley starts at the Continental Divide about 80 KM north and flows down eventually emptying into the Columbia River in the U.S. The red that you can see on the mountains are trees killed by the Mountain Pine Beetle. The beetle is thriving on the forests in this area due to warmer winters. The black you see is likely from a controlled burn in an attempt to kill off the beetle.
The view here is quite spectacular and changes by the minute as the clouds roll through and the weather changes. It is one of my favorite places along highway 93 that runs from the Trans Canada Highway to the north to Highway 95 and Radium Hot Springs to the Southwest.
That turned into more of a travelogue than I had planned, hope you found it interesting.
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