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


North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park September 18th 2018

In Jasper scheint bei unserer Ankunft die Sonne und der kleine Ort mitten in den Bergen zeigt sich von seiner besten Seite. Den gleichnamigen Nationalpark, der einige der schönsten Naturphänomene der Rocky Mountains beherbergt, besuchen jährlich 2,1 Millionen Touristen. Dementsprechend rummelig ist Jasper mit seinen Souvenirshops, Kneipen und Kaffeshops aber wir genießen es mal wieder ein bisschen Infrastruktur zu haben, machen ein paar Erledigungen und gehen abends essen. Wir übernachten auf dem legendären Whistler Campground, der trotz seiner Größe von über 800 Stellplätzen, erstaunlich ruhig und privat ist. In einem riesigen Waldstück gelegen verteilen sich die großzügigen Stellplätze so weit, dass wir locker 15 Minuten brauchen um von unserer Campsite zum Ausgang zu gelangen. Es sind dann noch circa vier Kilometer in die Stadt und übermütig wie wir sind laufen wir dir... read more
Maligne Canyon
Der Elch, der den Stau verursachte
Maligne Lake

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park September 18th 2018

Z Vancouver, z krótkim przystankiem w Whistler, skierowaliśmy się w Góry Skaliste - najpierw do Parku Narodowego Jasper. Podróż dosyć uciążliwa - ponad 700 km, w deszczu i w większości bez zasięgu komórkowego oraz radio. Udawało nam się łapać dobrą jakość na falach długich albo posłuchać stacji w języku rosyjskim, hiszpańskim, chińskim (??). Problemy z zasięgiem towarzyszyły nam przez prawie tydzień i nie pozwalały na łączność Skype, czy zgrywanie zdjęć na bloga (stąd obsuwa)... Naszą bazą wypadową do Parku miało być Valemount - nieco bliżej, co pozwoliło nam 'rozbić' nieco dystans + oszczędzić na tańszym noclegu. Na szczęście na miejscu nie było już deszczu, ale temperatura obniżyła się i nie przekraczała 8 st.C. Na spacer wybraliśmy malowniczo położone Maligne Lake oraz Moose Lake. Obydwa szlaki to niecałe 8 km i 2 godziny ... read more
Pani łoś, mały w krzakach
Maligne Lake
Maligne Lake

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park July 20th 2018

Today we woke and drove to the Icefield Center and prepared for our glacier walk at Athabasca Glacier. Our guide was Korin. We got all geared up-our warmest clothes, waterproof pants and jackets, hiking boots, gloves, hats and carried crampons. The weather didn’t look great and we went a little further than yesterday before the walk was canceled:(. There was rain, hail, thunder and lightning:(. We were, however, able to get some glacier water which excited the kids! The forecast for the next few days didn’t look much better, so we decided to ditch Jasper and drive to Mt Rainer in Washington State. Staying in Kamloops, BC tonight. For sure!... read more
Us at the glacier, ready to walk!

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park June 14th 2018

Did not have to have our bags out this morning, but still an early start, on the bus by 8am, after another lovely buffet breakfast. Our walk along the lake this morning was in sunshine so saw beautiful reflections in the lake. Headed straight for Maligne Lake (elevation 1670m), where we were booked on a cruise at 9am. (Lots of roadwork around Jasper, so we were a little late.) On the boat (which slowed down for any canoeists it passed) we travelled 14km to Spirit Island (a tied island, only cut off sometimes in Spring when there are heavy rains and melting snow). Maligne Lake is 22km long and almost surrounded by mountain peaks and glaciers - our boat tour guide told us all the names! It is called a fingerlling lake (long and narrow) and ... read more
Our Maligne Lake Cruise Boat at Spirit Island
Spirit Island
Malline Lake near Spirit Island

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park June 13th 2018

Another early start today, but a stunning buffet breakfast at Chateau Lake Louise, so all good! Our drive today took us along the Icefields Parkway (one of the top rated scenic drives in the world) from Lake Louise to Jasper. The road passes Herbert Lake (I think that's what it was) where our bus driver (great guy, Bruce, could be an Aussie with his sense of humour), slowed the bus right down so we could get photos of the reflections in the lake. Then onto Bow lake for a rest stop and more photos. Apparently the bus that arrived 10 mins before us, saw bears on the way! Most of the snow we are seeing on the mountains on the way is from a snow storm they had on Monday (lucky we didn't get to the ... read more
Bow Lake
Bow Lake (again)
Our Ice Explorer

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park February 23rd 2018

7/18 Knowing that we were leaving Lake Louise today, I wanted to make the most of my remaining time here. I got up around 7:30am, packed, got into my warm weather clothes and left with my camera to explore. The stark white Victoria Glacier was brilliant as it hung over Lake Louise. I photographed the reflections of bright red canoes and the grey-blue mountains on the still turquoise blue waters. Canoeists were already out braving the cold weather enjoying a paddle on the flat calm waters. I found some groupings of bright green and white Cornus Canadensis (Bunchberry or Creeping Dogwood) and fireweed, (the "Yukon flower”) at the edge of the lake. Rufous swallows darted around me enjoying the bugs (so far there were no discoverable pestering bugs on this trip). I soon met up with ... read more
Lake Louise in the morning
The red smoky haze begins on the Icefields Parkway, Jasper N.P.
Athabasca Glacier in the distance

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park February 23rd 2018

7/19 We left at 8:30AM for a guided bus tour from Jasper (elevation 3500 feet ) through the Athabasca Valley to explore Maligne Canyon, first on our day-long adventure. Here we were only a few kilometers from the BC border which explains why we are socked in with smoke in the middle of Jasper NP. We were told that in addition to British Columbia, there were hundreds of people evacuated from Yosemite due to the fires in CA. As the bus climbed into the Maligne Valley we saw several elk (Wapati is the native name for elk) near the highway. We are told they have been moving around because of the fires. We Crossed the Athabasca River (from the Woods Cree which means “where there are plants one after another”. This river originates from the Columbia ... read more
Maligne Canyon
Maligne Lake Boat House
Maligne Lake

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park October 2nd 2017

The Athabasca Glacier, on the edge of the Columbia Icefields, was a 90-minute drive north along the Icefields Parkway. Shortly before arriving at the Glacier Discovery Center, heavy snow began to fall. After a half-hour delay to clear the roads, we boarded a bus which took us to a Ice Explorer snow bus which took us through a rocky glacial moraine, descending to the glacier via a 32% grade. We were able to walk around on the glacier though wind and snow limited our excursion to 15 minutes. Still, it was pretty amazing. Back on our own bus we dug into deli sandwiches and headed south. Our Jasper guide used the bus time to orient us to Jasper National Park, life of a park warden, overview of its plants and animals -- we saw several elk, ... read more

After a 4 hour drive up the Ice Field Parkway we arrived at Jasper National Park Whistler Campground for a 5 day stay. It is a beautiful campground that is very close to nature. In the early morning we seen Elk walk past the campsites. We were informed that a troublsome bear was wandering through the campground and to be careful. We took side trips to the town of Jasper, Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake, and Annette Lake. See separate blog entry for day trip to British Columbia (1 hr from Jasper). Finley got to see Despicable Me 3 at the theatre in Jasper. On the last evening Gary took Finley on a Wildlife tour Finley got to see many birds, a herd of female Elk, bull Elk, coyote, mountain sheep and beaver lodges. The tour was ... read more
Jasper Train Station
Mountain Scene

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park June 15th 2017

We had to move the trailer to the next pitch! Once done we headed for the Jasper Tramway - certainly some fantastic views - cold and still lots of snow! We then picknicked on the Athabaskan River before walking around the Falls - yes - more waterfalls !!! Enroute to the Whistler Campground we walked to the Horse Shoe Lake - such lovely alpine flowers. Then back for BBQ.... read more
Snow on the boardwalk
View from the top
Carl, Gill and Rod at the top on a rock !

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