Blogs from Jasper, Alberta, Canada, North America - page 4


North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper July 12th 2013

Once again, a particularly beautiful setting for a hotel, the Fairmont Jasper Lodge. The world famous Jasper golf course is in the grounds of the hotel. Our cabin sits near the edge of the lake and we can see a wedding rehearsal nearby. Many of the young staff here, as elsewhere in Canada, are from Australia. In fact many resorts and attractions have their employees’ name, as well as their city and country, on their nametag. The boy who delivered our luggage is from Grafton. He is particularly excited to hear that there are people from Bellingen and Coffs Harbor in our group. It is always good to hear someone from home when you are living far away. He has been here for 15 months. Our free choice activity this morning was rafting down the Athabasca ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper June 16th 2013

Jasper was our first stop back in Alberta, and we decided to stay for a day. Normally, in the past when we visited Jasper, we’ve stayed at the Jasper Park Lodge, but that didn’t make as much sense, travelling with 4 adults, 3 dogs and 2 children. So, we drove around town until we found url= Lodge, where we could have our own individual cabins. Ours was the tiniest, coziest little cabin you have ever seen. It was so small, we could stoke the wood fireplace, without actually getting out from under the blankets. (Richard and Shannan’s cabin had a sitting area, so I guess ... read more
Athabasca River
Lac Beauvert
Giant elk

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper January 14th 2013

So back when I moved away to Spain last year, I left my boyfriend Doug behind, but we kept our relationship going (thank you skype). I went home briefly for a long weekend in February, and then Doug moved to Canada in June two weeks before I returned home from Spain. Despite the multiple time zones and the difficulties long distance causes, our relationship kept going strong, and I was able to fly from Korea to Canada to see him for my two-week winter vacation! I flew into Calgary, where despite travelling for about 20 hours, an hour had only passed on the clock. I was so excited leaving the airport to see all the snow and had to keep pinching myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming. And to see Doug in the flesh again ... read more
Storm Mountain Lodge
welcome to our humble abode
Lake Louise

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper December 4th 2012

I spent a few days in Jasper and it was very quiet. Winter is low season, and as it was early in the season there hadn't been quite enough snow to draw in many skiiers and boarders. The next morning I scraped the ice and snow from the Corolla and went for a drive. I took the alternate (back road) route towards Athabasca Falls which was covered in a foot of snow and not another vehicle to be seen. After driving 20km the road was suddenly closed off. There was a small campsite nearby where two rivers converged so I got out for a quick look. It was eerily quiet and snowing lightly which was very atmospheric. I was lucky enough to spot a deer wandering out to the icy juncture in the rivers for a ... read more
Maligne Canyon
Northern Coyote
Athabasca Falls

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper October 11th 2012

Finally, after writing our first entry only to have the P.C. freeze on us we've got our blog started!!! We started out 11 days ago with a managable 7hour 20 min flight into Toronto and a couple of hours on trains and buses to get to our Super 8 Hotel in Chinatown, downtown Toronto. Needless to say we ate Chinese the first night but ordered way too much and took half of it away in cartons to eat!! Next day we rose early, had breakfast and set off to explore Toronto. First stop the CN Tower. The weather was great, about 16 degrees and clear blue skies, so the views from 347 metres up the tower were amazing. The glass floor and glass bottomed lift was a little scary but exciting! (I persuaded Shelly onto the ... read more
CN Tower view
Toronto skyline from the island
Black Squirrel

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper September 9th 2012

Today I finally attempted a hike that I have been wanting to do all summer. I was planning on doing this yesterday as the sky was so clear and blue but I saw one of my friends, Sammy, on the street and we decided to wait for today as we both had it off work. The idea was to climb The Whistlers, the mountain where the Jasper Tramway is situated, and ride the gondola back down (you can get away without paying). After finishing a short breakfast shift at work (yes, I gave up my day off this week) and getting changed I caught up with Sam and we got on our way. The first part of the walk, even though I was feeling the upward slant in the road, was quite easy and we completed ... read more
The "halfway" point
One of the breathers that Sammy wanted
Underneath the gondola

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper August 24th 2012

Just a few snaps from our time here.... Lovely falls at Athabasca... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper August 21st 2012

Hi all, up in jasper one and all campsites sorted, Mary is now at ease ! We saw a few sheep on the way up and the campsite we stayed at said both black & brown bears have been sighted in the last week. We didn't see any .... :( . A few photos attached from our journey up,enjoy.... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper August 4th 2012

Having arrived in Jasper after cycling all the way from Lake Louise over the preceding five days, I was on my way to the HI hostel on the lower slopes of Whistlers Mountain (just outside Jasper) when suddenly I came upon a black bear nibbling away on some bushes by the side of the road just below me - my third bear sighting in less than thirty-six hours! Not much else was achieved that afternoon however, as I lazed around the hostel taking advantage of my first opportunity in five days to have an actual shower and eat something other than pasta and sauce, before retiring to my 44-bed dorm room! Determined to pack as much into my remaining two days in Jasper as possible, I was most disappointed to rise the following morning (saturday 28th ... read more
Mirror still
Picture perfect
I've got the whole world in my hands

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper August 1st 2012

1st Aug ’12 Banff to Jasper, Alberta Today we travelled along the Icefields Parkway from just past Lake Louise to Jasper. We followed mountains that looked like the spine of the Rockies – all sharp, jagged angles leading one into another forming a massive long ridge. The other side of the valley were equally huge mountains and lots of glaciers. We stopped several times to take photos and then arrived at the Icefields Centre. Yesterday at the Banff Gondola we bought double attraction tickets so today were were going on our other attraction – the Ice Explorer. The tyres of the vehicle were 5 foot in diameter! We set off down a 32 degree slope and then out onto the blue glacier ice, past glacier meltwater streams and hanging glaciers in the mountains at the sides. ... read more
Icefields Parkway
Icefields Parkway
Icefields Parkway

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