Blogs from Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada, North America


North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park August 6th 2014

The Coastal Range through which we drove yesterday was impressive and pretty, with large peaks and pretty mountain lakes and streams. For flatlanders like us Oklahomans, they were a sight to see. But nothing really prepares you for the experience of coming around a bend in the highway and suddenly seeing Mt. Robson looming in front of you. It is startling, and resulted in the expected simultaneous chorus of "Holy s***!" The sheer massive size of it just overwhelms, and it is high enough that it still is wearing a snowy top and face. At 12,972' it is probably the most prominent in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Range, although only 21st in height in Canada (most of the highest are in the Yukon). Jasper is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and also less ... read more
Mountain goat
Craggy mountain

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park June 28th 2014

Little sleep in this morning! Breaky 8.00a.m. Disappointed a hike with national park ranger cancelled as minimum 4 people and we were the only three who wanted to do it, so now have to choose some other activity - maybe the tramcar up the mountain. The Jasper Park Lodge is about 6kms out of town but in the most stunning area overlooking the blue Lake Beauvert - had a walk around the lake which took about an hour - the air is so fresh and the water crystal clear - really is beautiful. We are staying in log cabins, which are a bit 70's but very comfortable with all the mod cons - it really is an icon of a place been here since the early 1900's. The lodge itself is huge perched up on the ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park June 18th 2014

Up early for the optional excursions this morning. Early breakfast then picked up at 0800 for a trip up to the Mount Edith Cavell guided walk. We have 2 guides who give us info on the trip up - about 40 minute drive up into the mountains. Very funny guys with lots of wildlife stories, etc. Arrive at the car park and they get serious with their bear spray, etc. OK, thought this was a leisurely stroll.... Get our walking sticks, one guide at the front, and the other at the back to make sure we are all safe. Walk about 2 minutes and there is grizzly bear scat (poo) on the track - everyone a little more alert now. On we go and the mountain looks spectacular up close. Stop a couple of times to ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park September 13th 2013

When:13 Sep 2013 Where: hike up Parker Ridge Highlights: Saskatchewan glacier view It has been over 3 years that I had heard about this must-do hike. Superlatives were used and as time would have it, we had crossed by the trailhead several times with no time to stop. We then realized that we had to dedicate one day to come this far. Summer would end anytime soon. We tried to try our luck as little S had day off from school. All of us were tired in the morning. Our decision to leave by 6.00 am faltered(nothing unusual there). We left by 8.00 am. Our destination being 316 km away, we had close to a 4 hr drive. With brief stops at Canmore and Lake Louise for essentials we reached Parker Ridge trail head past 11.00 ... read more
Peyto Lake
how many more photos???

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park September 5th 2013

September 3, 2013 Today we leave Patricia Lake Bungalows and the Jasper area and head down the Icefields Parkway to Banff. One last lingering look out over beautiful Patricia Lake and another quick game of badminton with the boys before we leave. (Wherever we go, wherever we stay, there’s always something, apart from the obvious location etc. that stands out, sticks in the memory. It might be a board game played together all week or a rowing boat taken out on the lake a few times with attempts to fish and here in Patricia Lake it might well be the badminton. A few rackets and a net hung between 2 trees is all but we returned to it a few times in the short time we were here, often playing just as it got dark at ... read more
Sunwapta Falls
Athabasca Glacier
Athabasca Falls

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park September 3rd 2013

Vancouver Island to Whistler (2 Aug – 13 Aug) Friday 2 Aug – Start of the Canadian National Day Long Weekend Joined a big queue of tourists and caught the ferry at Anacortes – beautiful town 3 hours north of Tacoma. The 2 hr 15 min ferry crossing bought back great memories of our 2010 cruise to Vancouver Island. The big difference this time was the islands in the San Juan Strait were sunburnt and brown – not green and misty. Arrived at the port of Sidney and drove into beautiful Victoria City. After the 7 lane freeways of Seattle the driving was so calm, quiet and relaxing – easily located our hotel - just one block back from the waterfront. Found a terrific Thai Restaurant and spent the evening wandering the waterfront with ... read more
Victoria Golf Club
Victoria Golf Club
Capilano Suspension Bridge

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park September 3rd 2013

September 2, 2013 We awaken the next day to yet another clear blue sky and hope that we’re not beginning to take it for granted. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful around here but the glorious weather really accentuates that. When I wander down to the lake in the early morning the mountain opposite has a tint of pink to it and the perfect clear sky means that everything I see above the water line is reflected in perfect symmetry below it. Perfect for pictures, especially with those canoes all wonderfully positioned on the bank! Today we attempt to address the eating/exercise balance and manage 3 good walks, the first being around Pyramid Lake (next to Patricia Lake). A beautiful and quiet hike of about 5km. The crowds haven’t really made it out this far. On the ... read more
Pyramid Lake
Grizzly Bear
Maligne Lake

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park August 13th 2013

Today we traveled about an hour from our campsite to a place called Miette Hot Springs. As the name suggests we soaked in a natural hot springs for a couple of hours. They had two hot water and two cold water pools. The locals say you get in the 100 degree pool, then the 104 degree pool, followed by the 66 degree pool and then relax for a few minutes and repeat. You had me right up to the 66 degree pool. Forget the local traditions, it was too darn cold... We had a picnic lunch outside the hot springs and were greeted by several big horn sheep. They were so tame and didn't mind their pictures being taken at all. On the way back from the hot springs we saw more sheep and a HUGE ... read more
Check out my rack!
Guess what I am
Hi baby sheep.

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park August 12th 2013

This morning we got up, cranked up the generator from 8 - 9:30 and then headed out to explore Jasper. We decided to head down town and check out the shopping and have lunch. What a pretty little town Jasper is. The shops are quant and have a nice variety of stuff to buy. We strolled leisurely down the main street and enjoyed the wonderful cool weather. The flowers in town were simply gorgeous as you can see from the pictures. We had lunch at a place called Smitty's and it kind of reminded us of a Denny's style restaurant. I can just see Henry reading this right now and laughing since our son thinks Denny's is where the "old folks" go to eat. This evening we took a drive to Medicine and Maligne Lakes. The ... read more
Big horn sheep all over the road
Big horn sheep baby stopped for a drink from Mom
Big horn sheep laying along road

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park June 17th 2013

The next road we took was Icefields Parkway, which parallels the Continental Divide. It goes from Jasper to the turn-offtowards Banff (Highway 1, the Trans-Canada Highway). Just about 30 kms (10 miles) south of Jasper, is Athabasca Falls. It is such a majestic waterfall, you’d think it was higher – but it’s “only” 23 meters (75 feet)… actually, that’s pretty high! I mean, maybe not if you are comparing it to Niagara Falls (which is 51 meters/167 feet), or Kerepakupai Merú (Angel Falls) in Bolívar, Venezuela (which is 979 meters/3,212 feet, and considered the tallest in the world!) img=http://biggestballof... read more
Columbia Icefield
Athabasca Glacier & Columbia Icefields
Athabasca Falls 2

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