I left Mt St Francis in Dubuque Iowa on the 3oth of August and arrived in Canada on the 31st. To my great surprise and delight I found out we were staying at a retreat center called Mt St Francis!
This MSF is run by Franciscan Friars who are very generous and hospitable. And what a spiritual place to begin a pilgrimage. The first animals we saw were 5 beautiful black horses, one with a white marking on her forehead that looked like a heart.
On September 2 we started our journey into the mountains to find the ice fields and then the Athabasca River. There will be many photos to add once I return home!