Jasper National Park

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Kim’s dad arrived on Friday, shortly after we got set up in the Jasper area.  His travels were long but without incident and he was happy to be here.  Jasper is well… WOW!  Honestly, we think it is even better than Alaska, which may be related to the sun finally making an appearance. There was wildlife everywhere and we made several stops during our travels to capture pictures of giant elk, mountain goats, big horn sheep, coyote, and more.  Haven’t seen any bears yet mom, so don’t worry 🙂 

MLake

Maligne Lake

Our first day was spent at a few locations.  We started out at Maligne Lake, the second largest glacier fed lake in the world, with a walk and then a cruise tour that included a short stop on Spirit Island.  The sun was shining and the views were outstanding.  We saw several glaciers and 360 degrees of mountain views. Everywhere we turned there was another picture to be taken. 

Mountain Goat on a cliff along the roadside

Mountain Goat on a cliff along the roadside

From the lake, we set out to see Althabasca Falls, one of the most powerful waterfalls in the Canadian mountain parks.  It was an impressive water flow, but the area was quite touristy so we didn’t stay long. Everywhere we go is a drive, but there is so much to see we really don’t mind.

Pyramid Lake

Pyramid Lake

Our next stop was Pyramid Lake which is just outside of the town of Jasper.  There are many small lakes all over and they are all non-motor with beautiful blue clear water.  We took a nice hike along the lake and through the woods, which was a good ending to a full day.

Jasper from above

Jasper from above

On Sunday we decided to divide and conquer.  Chris took off for a motorcycle ride while Kim and her dad went to Whistler Mountain via the Jasper Tramway.  They walked from the tram to the summit to get the full 360 degree effect, which was well worth the effort. The views from the top were incredible.  While they checked out the peaks Chris found a great glacier, glacier lake, and ice cave.  It was so cool, he had to bring Kim and Ira there the next day.

Inside an ice cave

Inside an ice cave

Our last day in Jasper was the best yet.  We retraced Chris’ route from the day before and visited the Mount Edith Cavell Glacier area where we captured photos of the glacier, ice lake, and of us playing in the ice cave.  When the rocks started to fall at the entrance to the cave, we decided it was time to leave.  Ira really enjoyed seeing his first glacier. 

Chris is in BIG trouble

Chris is in BIG trouble

From there we headed to the Five Lakes Trail, which came highly recommended as both picturesque and refreshing.  This easy/moderate trail went by five different lakes each a brighter blue from the previous.  Dad was prepared with his bathing suit and it didn’t take long for him to jump into the perfectly temperate water.  Chris followed shortly behind in his shorts.  Kim also took an unplanned swim while trying to capture a timer shot (anything for the blog).  All was good, as she saved her hair… Until Chris splashed her…

 We ended our Jasper adventure with a trip to the local brewery to sample some Canadian Rockies brew.  We all enjoyed our well deserved drinks after clocking over 5 miles of hiking.  Tired and content we headed home after a bite to eat.

 Tomorrow it’s off to Lake Louise and the Banff area. Cell sevice and internet is extremely costly up here, so please forgive us if we are slow in responding to inquieries/comments.

2 Responses to “Jasper National Park”

  1. Erin Wolf says:

    These pictures are INSANE!!!
    Just unbelievable! Thank you for sharing with us!
    xoxo
    ~Erin~

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