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Aerial Photos of B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan

by Derek K. Miller
Posted 11 August 2004

It's been a while since I've flown anywhere, but in August 2004 I traveled from Vancouver to Saskatoon by plane, in glorious summer weather. As I did a couple of years ago, I took photos during the flight. Here they are, in chronological order. Some of them have a strange colour cast because I compensated for the blue haze in the original pictures, and preferred detail over colour accuracy. These pictures are also available (at smaller sizes) on Flickr.

I also added an extra little page about the Hope Slide, since I got a couple of good photos (in 3D!) of it.

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An Air Transat Airbus ready for takeoff from Vancouver Alaska Airlines had a plane in line before us Richmond, B.C., just over the bridge from Vancouver International Airport Central Park in Burnaby from a distance
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The central part of the City of vancouver, with the North Shore beyond downtown Closer view of downtown Vancouver Central Burnaby, with Central Park on the left and Burnaby Mountain the background Central Burnaby again, looking toward the North Shore
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Metrotown, Burnaby's main shopping and business district New Westminster and the Pattullo Bridge, leading to Surrey on the right Pitt Lake, north of Pitt Meadows, B.C Maple Ridge, B.C., north of the Fraser River
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Maple Ridge, B.C., slighly further east The wing of our WestJet 737, with its turbulence-stabilizing winglet Harrison Lake, north of Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. Hope, B.C. (centre of photo), where the Trans-Canada Highway turns north to follow the Fraser River Canyon
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The Hope-Princeton (Hwy. 3, bottom of photo), Coquihalla (Hwy. 5, winding to the right), and Trans-Canada Highways (Hwy. 1, following the Fraser up from the left side), radiating from Hope A closer view of Highway 3, the Hope-Princeton Another view of the Coquihalla Highway, built at great expense before Expo '86 in Vancouver Lake Okanagan, looking north: Kelowna is on the right side near the top of the photo, just after the lake bends north again
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The Trans-Canada Highway (centre of photo) where it emerges from the Rocky Mountains into Alberta, on the right Forest fire smoke from B.C. hovers high over the Rockies as winds push it into Alberta The northern Calgary suburb of Airdrie, Alberta Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, from the south
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The tarmac of Saskatoon's John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (YXE), with hay bales drying on field beyond Air Canada Zip's orange 737, bound for Vancouver The Rocky Mountain foothills and the Rockies beyond, viewed westbound from over Calgary The Rocky Mountains, which are indeed quite rocky
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A view down to the Rockies, looking southwest The Cariboo Mountains, west of the Rockies The high alpine lakes are treeless, and each a different shade of turquoise The Coquihalla Highway again, this time looking south toward Mount Baker in Washington State
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This page created on a Macintosh using PhotoPage by John A. Vink, and processed using BBEdit from Bare Bones Software. Photos taken with a Konica KD-300Z 3-megapixel camera, and wrangled with iPhoto and GraphicConverter.

The Fraser River, again looking south to Mount Baker Harrison Lake again, with Harrison Hot Springs, Chilliwack across the Fraser River, and Mount Baker beyond

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