Because of the floods, we had changed our plans of driving up to the Canadian Rockies through Banff (the road had only just opened through Canmore), and on Thursday morning headed north to Innisfail where we had morning tea and lunch (in a lovely octagonal picnic shelter. Other towns we passed through were Rocky Mountain House and Drayton Valley. There were very long straight roads. There were deer crossings, and at one stage we saw a dead deer. At another point a fox crossed the road in front of us. There were Pumping Jacks (pumping oil & gas) right in the middle of farmlands & pine forests. We stayed overnight at Hinton in the Athabasca Inn & Suites, which was off the main road, quiet & comfortable. In the evening we went for a walk along the riverbank, and had a bit of a chat to a local.