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  • Day13

    Ankunft in Jasper

    June 30, 2017 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Heute haben wir uns gleich um 8:30h aufgemacht. Man bedenke es ist Urlaub und ich stehe freiwillig um 5:45 auf, die anderen schlafen.
    Tolle Eindrücke begleiten einen auf der Fahrt, das weite Land, die Berge, Flüsse oder Seen (das lässt sich oft schwer sagen). Ich gestehe es ist toll, wenn man nicht alles selbst fahren muss, da kann man schlafen.
    Dann kurzer Halt in Valdemont. Süße kleine Ansammlung von Häusern - gutes Kaffee und ich habe "Poutin" das kanadische Nationalgericht getestet.
    Wanderung am Mt. Robson. Es geht zum Kinney Lake. Sehr schön hier, aber auch recht voll.
    Der Campingplatz in Jasper ist riesig und die Kanadier sind hier - es ist Wochenende, DAS Wochenende.
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  • Day14

    Canada Day

    July 1, 2017 in Canada ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Heute ist ein besonderer Tag: Canada Day! 150 Jahre kanadische Föderation. Gerade läuft das Feuerwerk.
    Wir sind ganz traditionell mit Pancakes und Mapelsirup in den Tag gestartet. Dann gab es zwei Gruppen, die die bei Regen wandern wollten in die, die eher in die Stadt wollten. Letztere habe ich mit begründet und es war toll. Seen, Creek, leckeres Mittagessen, Parade in Jasper, Kaffee, Windowshopping, Züge und einfach entspannen.
    Jasper ist touristisch, aber toll, Landschaft und Stadt.
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  • Day6

    Icefields Parkway South

    August 1, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Today was a day for driving what is one of the most scenic mountain routes in the world, the Icefields Parkway. It gets busy so we wanted to make a fairly early start and so were down for breakfast about 7.30. Tash braved the waffle making machine and it turned out ok, after a bit of help with turning it over to get the timer started. Was pretty sickly sweet to have for breakfast though and we only managed a bit of it.

    We got away about 8.15 and needed to fill up with petrol as there is none readily available on the parkway itself, which runs from Lake Louise to Jasper, about 268km. The Shell garage next to the hotel was open, but couldn't get the pumps to work until I realised I had to go inside first and leave my credit card with the attendant then pay at the end. The machine on the pump doesn't work with overseas credit cards, no idea why not. The attendant said that was the case for most pumps especially in smaller touristy towns. He was heading up the parkway later to see his brother in Jasper and confirmed it was a lovely drive.

    We hit Highway 1 for 40 minutes or so to just past Lake Louise where we turned onto Highway 93, the parkway. I had downloaded a sat nav guide from a company called Gypsy that gave descriptions of what you were driving past and tips on where to pull over. It proved interesting for the drive and will probably download others for later drives especially the big one across to Whistler.

    The first suggested pull off was Hector Lake, which on a calm day reflected the overlooking mountains perfectly. Lake was a bit rippley, but we took some pictures and used the toilets there.

    Next suggestion was Bow Lake - this was much more reflective and very picturesque (not that the whole drive wasn't with mountains and lakes and glaciers). More pictures here then we pulled into Jimmy Simpson Num Ti Jah lodge, thinking we might grab a coffee, but it was very busy so again we used the loos them carried on. Our guide had told us about Jimmy Simpson and how he had started tourism at the lodge, letting people stay who travelled in the days before the road - apparently one Christmas he hiked for 5 days to have lunch with another hermit further into the mountains, staying overnight then hiking back.

    Peyto Lakes was the next stop. From the car park it was about a 10 minute walk, quite uphill to the viewing point of the lakes, which was a brilliant blue colour due to the minerals (glacial flour) in it, ground up by the glacier. We were at the highest altitude of the drive here and the air was thinner making the walk to the view more of struggle than we expected. Was worth it though as the lake was a great colour and very stunning.

    We had a couple of pull ins by the side of the road to take pictures of great views and ate the food we had brought with us, as advised because there are few shops on the highway to buy provisions. Next stop was after driving round the Big Bend, which was a big looping bend to pull over and look at Bridal Veil Falls - a big tall waterfall on the other side of the valley - again spectacular.
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  • Day7

    Maligne Lake and Whistler's Mountain

    August 2, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Today started early as we were on the 10am cruise on Maligne Lake (pronounced male leen). Alarm went off at 6 and were down for breakfast just before 7, to find a large queue of elderlies on a bus tour ahead of us. They were on an 8am departure and were all over the place literally and figuratively, not knowing how anything worked etc! Breakfast was nice some hot sausage patties, little egg omelettes and pancakes., The first two weren like the stuff in a Sausage and Egg McMuffin. Was also, pastries, toast, cereal, juice and tea and coffee. We ate ours and grabbed a couple of muffins for morning snacks then hit the road. The Maligne Lake road is a haven for wildlife spotting - sadly we didn't see any. We stopped at Medecine Lake, which is porous at the bottom and is totally empty in winter, only filling in summer when the inflow of melting snow is greater than the ourtflow through the bottom. Realised it was cold currently, the car temp said 2 degrees. But sky was blue and sun rising so it was going to get hotter. We drove on and reached the car park about 8.30. The restaurant was open and we grabbed coffee and more pastries to eat. Took some great photos of the mist still clearing from the lake - mountain tops were visible but not the bottoms. Early bus trip cruises had had to be delayed due to the mist being much thicker. It cleared as we drank our coffee and the Lake looked beautiful.

    We lined up to board the boat, second in line and were let on about 9.50. Bagged seats at the back as I'd read you could take better photos as the back window slid back and you had easier access to the outdoor standing deck at the back of the boat. 31 people on the boat, but there was talk of a Chinese group of 6 that were very close by. We were literally just casting off when they came running down, so they all hopped on. Tash and I were grateful we had moved to the double seat in front of Ed and Sam at the back as the other side were triple seats, filled with two people until the Chinese arrived and had to sit one on the end of every row.

    We were off, slowly at first to avoid capsizing any folks who had hired canoes, as the boat created a 3 foot wake, then we sped up and were going pretty fast. Our guide gave us some interesting facts and stories about the lake and the surrounding mountains. We saw a helicopter picking up water to help manage forest fires and a bald eagle in flight. Apparently another nests near Medecine Lake and had survived a fire there a few years ago with his tree intact and hiding deep in the next when he was a baby so the smoke didn't get to him. One mountain range was named Queen Elizabeth and had been given to the Queen by Canada as a coronation present.

    We sailed on through great scenery to our landing spot - Spirit Island (actually a small peninsula). This has great views back across it to the mountains that surround it - on all sides in an unusual box valley formation. It has featured on lots of calendars and banknotes and hung in Grand Central Station in New York promoting Canada for a couple of months - a copy of the picture was passed around together with some rock samples of the surrounding mountains. We took lots of pics and also visited the toilets installed here at cost of C$250k - very eco friendly but very expensive. Tash tried the doors of the cubicles and declared them occupied so we waited outside. An elderly Chinese man came and walked straight past us trying to get into one as the person came out. Tash was indignant and having none of it and said excuse me, there's a queue and slipped in before him. The lack of queuing etiquette from Asian folks irritates her! The fact when I tried the other door it was unlocked irritated me. Our kids just not good with doors!

    The ships horn went calling us back to the boat after about 20 minutes viewing the island. A spear on it was put their last year by a First Nation tribe to whom the island was sacred and they blamed a forest fire near them recently on a lack of attention paid to the island. On the way back our guide asked everyone where they were from for the company stats. Some elderlies in front were from Florida and were doing a float tour in the afternoon. We had a chat with her about wildlife around the lake - they sometimes see moose swimming across or bears at the side, but rarely. The Lake freezes in the winter, but no skating as it is too deep in snow - cross country skiing and snow shoeing are the order of the day.

    We landed back just after 11.30, pretty much as expected and went to the cafe for lunch - soups, stews and cake were had including a Nanaimo bar, bit like millionaires shortbread with extra custard and coconut. Jenny at work had told me about them, a lady from Nanaimo had won a competition years ago to device the best recipe using custard powder. Was ok but not my favourite dessert. Not much for Sam to eat so she had a banana. We headed back - no wildlife again, stopped again at Medicine Lake and Ed and I walked down to the lakeside and threw some rocks in. Sam stayed with Tash who was asleep!

    Just before the end of Maligne Lake Road is Maligne Canyon and we called in. Got a lucky parking space as it was busy. Tash still asleep so Ed and I went off. There is a long walk that takes in 6 bridges across the canyon, but we went for the shorter first two bridges. The canyon was probably 200 feet deep- could barely see the water in the bottom in parts, but was only 20 foot wide at its widest and sometimes only a few feet at the top. The walk took about 20 minutes but was very spectacular and not too busy. We went to the shop and got some magnets and Ed got bit grumpy as I said no to ice cream until later when Tash was awake. Back to the car and she was and we headed to the Jasper Skytram about 20 minutes on the other side of down. A big James Bond style cable car that went up and down every 7 minutes or so, one side going up as the other came down each holding about 35 people/. We got tickets for the 3.12, leaving about half hour wait so had a drink and looked in the shop.

    On the way up there is a guide in the car (from England) and he told us a few facts about Whistler's Mountain - named after whistling marmots that lived on it. It was the clearest day they had had for weeks and Mount Robson, the highest in this part of the Rockies was clearly visible with snow on top in the distance. We made for the cafe and decided to eat there and cancel our reservation in town until tomorrow night. Kids had burgers, and I had an elk meatloaf sandwich - very tasty. We decided to skip dessert and have ice cream later in the 50 flavours shop in town. We then walked around looking at the view and Ed and I went for the walk to the summit. The guide coming up had said out was 20-30 minutes but it was more like an hour to an hour and half and much further than we thought. We took our time and took some of the easy paths and saw lots of stone piles people had made. Ed did a small one on the less trod path, then decided he didn't want to go further so I left him building another and carried on. I went almost to the summit, pretty much the same height but not as far across the plateau. Took me about 15 minutes and decided to go back as didn't want Ed to feel lost. Got back to him and he was fine had just finished his rock tower - had been an engineering feat finding the right stones to balance on top of each other. We hope it will stay out there for a while at least. We walked back down and met Sam and Tash and took some more pictures, While we had been walking they had been acting as unofficial photographers for people, taking pictures of them. We joined the queue down, quite long and it took about 50 minutes or so to board. Encountered various rude people in the queue - an Asian chap who kept touching his girlfriends leg and also Tash's sitting next to her and an American guy who would not make space for anyone else in the cramped car down. Obviously not used to public transport. A 93 year old lady was on tour with her daughter - both sharing the driving around Canada!

    At the bottom we headed back to the hotel, 10 minute or so drive. Sam did some washing when we got back, washing machine didn't empty and she had to get help from reception to sort it out and also managed in the melee to drop her room key under the tumble dryer!

    Tash and I ventured into town to visit the 56 flavours ice cream shop. Ed was feeling full and so didn't come. I got a triple scoop dish, with Rolo, Kit Kat and Spumoni flavour (chocolate and pistachio). Each scoop was about 2 normal scoops so had sooo much ice cream. Managed to eat it. Tash had two scoops, rainbow sorbet and chocolate flavours. Managed them too. The ice cream parlour was full of cuddlies. We got back feeling rather sick.
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  • Day8

    Harley's and Horses

    August 3, 2017 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Today we had a later start as activity was nearby at 9.30. So we went down to breakfast a bit later at 8. Was still busy but not as queued as yesterday. Sam witnessed some elderlies trying to put pastries and cheese into the toasting machine, until staff members screamed at them!

    Breakfast done we ambled down to the Jasper Motorcycle company about 10 minutes walk away and arrived at 9. No-one was there but a lady appeared a couple of minutes later having been out to get her coffee. We went in and did the waiver forms then wandered out for a bit until the drivers arrived. A pharmacy next door gave us chance to get something for Tash's mouth that seemed to be a bit sore. Got some mouthwash prescription then went back to the shop. Drivers Rob and Rob were there so started to kit us out. Leather chaps, bandanas, leather jackets, helmets and sunnies all provided - we all turned into scary bikers.

    Out to the bikes which were limited edition Harley's number 7 ands 13 of 15. Cost about C$60k each. Ed and Tash wanted to sit in the sidecar first as they were a bit nervous, so Sam and I were on the back. It was like sitting in a comfy armchair and very stable. We had a photo taken, then were off. The growl from the engine was brilliant. Rob told Ed and I that people would stare at us now and we were no longer tourists but tourist attractions because of the Harley's! We had opted for the ride up to Edith Caevll mountain, which I had thought needed permits to get up, but only for tourists, the bikers as a commercial enterprise could go up without. So we got a cool ride to somewhere we wouldn't normally get to.

    The road up was proper Top Gear driving road, - the guys said it must have been designed by a biker as it was perfect! Lots of switchbacks and straights in between. Bear sightings did happen, but we were not lucky again today and didn't see any. Rob pointed out a gap in the trees on a bend where a bus had brake failure and ploughed straight through. After that buses and RV's were banned from the road. We hit a slower moving car so pulled over to a viewpoint for some pics and saw some hoodoos - harder rock within softer that erodes slower and forms spiky bits.

    Went up again and stopped about 1k below the car park area for more pics. Ed and Tash wanted to swap to the back seat now and loved it. We got to the parking lot which was being redeveloped after a huge chunk of glacier fell off the mountain side a few years back into the lake underneath and caused a tsunami down the valley washing away the car park. Fortunately this was at 5.30am so no one was there. Whilst redeveloping, the numbers allowed up are restricted. We pulled over and walked a little way up the path for views of the Edith Cavell mountain and the glacier. Also Angel glacier visible, so called as looks like an angel with wings has fallen face down on the mountain.

    Then back down. Rob had some fun with Ed teasing that the popping engine was him farting! He also slowed down a few times so he could accelerate up to the speed limit - Ed loved this. He showed Ed how to say hello in biker style - 2 fingers held out sideways, which Ed did to passing motorists. No bears again on the way down and with some time left we went via Beauvert Lake and saw the local golf club - great course but pricey food in the clubhouse it seemed. We said hello to some passing girls, who both answered exactly the same things in unison - very spooky.

    Heading back to base a train was passing through town. These can be two miles long so we detoured round to pass over the railway. Rob took a detour as he said, like horses the first one back gets the best spot and he wanted to beat other Rob who had sneaked in front at the lake. We did just despite having to wait for some tourists to cross the road. Our bike was more powerful but had no reverse gear, the other one did. So Rob manually reversed in, making beep beep beep sounds as he did so. Rob talked about the massive RV's that folks travel around in and said the craziest one he had seen was towing a helicopter behind it!

    We got our kit off and said goodbye to the guys, purchasing the pictures taken. Think this was the highlight of the holiday so far, certainly for the kids. Tash wants to do it again somewhere else, not sure there is anyone offering similar but we can look.

    We had a sandwich and coffee in the cafe next door then headed back to the hotel to freshen up ahead of the horse riding. Many horsepower down to one. We headed up the 10 minute drive to Jasper Horse Riding Stables and arrived about 1.30. The place looked like an old Western Ranch and they had 30 or so horses saddled up ready to go - explained why they were flexible with the booking arrangements, they had enough horses and guides for people just to turn up and go. We were allocated horses, a little bit like the sorting hat process with Harry Potter, mine was Sonny, Sam's Sultan, Tash had Outlaw and Ed had xxxx. Our guide was an English girl from Bath called Jenny who had only been working there a couple of weeks. We set off just the 4 of us and her on a well marked trail that was a bit more maintained and wider then the last riding we did.

    The horses were well behaved and the 'eaters' had nose bags on to discourage them from munching foliage. The path climbed a bit then came out along the side of the valley, with views of the mountains around Jasper and some of the places we had been on the bikes earlier - the lake for one. Jenny gave us a few facts about the area and the trees we were in. Some of them that looked like Silver Birch were Whispering Aspen - their bark was covered in white dust which was their protection against sunburn. They also had tumour growths on them and as they are all connected with the same root system, once one gets it many of the surrounding ones will too. There were more of the pine trees with the pine beetle infection.

    The horses were very gentle to ride and it was nice in the forest as it was a bit cooler. Ed is now more confident on the horse and wouldn't be worried to do another trek after these two.

    We were out for an hour and a bit and returned to buy the photos they had taken of us and had ice creams, then headed back to the hotel. Filled up with petrol again - went straight in this time and left credit card with the folks inside. We relaxed there for a couple of hours, went in the hot tubs and I dozed on the sun loungers outside before we headed to the Fiddle River restaurant that we had rolled over our booking from the previous night. Food was good they though weren't very adaptable with dairy free options for Sam. Most of us had fish as we had had plenty of meat so far. Ed picked up his breaded fish and chips with his hands - turned out later he didn't have any cutlery as he had sent it back with the starters and didn't bother to ask for any more!

    We skipped dessert as we were full but also hoped to catch the ice cream shop open again - it was. We each had two scoops, which was too much for Ed - I had cookie dough and salted caramel, very tasty they were again.
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  • Day31

    Spielen bei sehr viel Regen.

    July 13, 2016 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Wir sind nun zwei Tage unterwegs in den Nationalparks von Banff und Jasper und es regnet fast ununterbrochen. Zum Glück haben alle gutes Regenmaterial dabei. Wir machen das Beste daraus.
    Heute verweilten wir in dem Camping von Whistlers in Jasper. Spielplatz, Bäume hochklettern und Hallenbad waren unseren Hauptbeschäftigung. (Wer findet die Kinder auf Bild 3 ;))Read more

  • Day15

    Tag 15 - Mount Robson-> Jasper

    August 23, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Gleich nach dem Frühstück ging es los in den "Jasper Nationalpark", mit dessen Grenze wir auch gleichzeitig Provinz und Zeitzone gewechselt haben. In Jasper angekommen, waren wir in einem Museum, in dem die Geschichte der Gegend anschaulich erklärt und einige Gegenstände der damaligen Zeit ausgestellt waren. Anschließend sind wir noch ein bisschen durch Jasper gelaufen, haben die paar wenigen historischen Gebäude angeschaut (s. Erstes/ Zweites Bild), sind in ein Cafe gesessen und haben uns trotz des Smokes, der jetzt von British Columbia hier rüberweht, die Laune nicht verderben lassen und sind schließlich auf unseren Campingplatz gefahren. Mit 781 Stellplätzen eindeutig der Größte, auf dem wir bis jetzt waren. Er ist schon fast ein eigenes Dorf, mit Straßenschildern, geteerten Kreuzungen und vierspuriger Einfahrt. Als wir unseren Platz endlich gefunden hatten und rückwärts einparken wollten, bemerkten wir etwas Braunes im Busch hinter dem Stellplatz. Die Frau am Eingang hatte uns vor einem Grizzly gewarnt, der sich in der Gegend aufhält und uns angewiesen, von den Rothirschen wegzubleiben, die sich auf dem Gelände befinden. Wir starrten also alle gespannt auf die Büsche und schon kam das Tier heraus. Was es war? (s. Bilder) wir schnappten uns natürlich alle die Kameras und als es etwas weiter auf der Wiese vor uns stand, haben wir uns auch einer nach dem anderen aus dem Womo getraut. Jetzt konnten wir auch sicher sagen, was wir da vor uns hatten: eine Rothirschkuh. Aber es blieb nicht bei einer, denn es kamen noch drei große Tiere mit zwei Jungen aus dem umliegenden Gebüsch und grasten mitten auf dem Campingplatz. Das war auf jeden Fall ein tolles Erlebnis und tausend mal besser als ein Grizzly am Womo...Read more

  • Day9

    Prince George nach Jasper

    September 2, 2017 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Der Tag fing gut an mit einem leckeren Frühstück. Geoff und Patty haben es wirklich toll gemacht. Danach fuhren wir 380 km , teilweise im Regen. Die Unterkunft ist ein regelrechter Absturz zu gestern. Jasper ist total voll, Montag ist Feiertag in Alberta. Wir haben das letzte Bett bekommen. Hoffentlich ist es morgen besser, so dass wir uns den Maligne Lake ansehen können. LIEBE GRÜßE VON UNS 4ENRead more

  • Day10

    Jasper und Maligne Canyon

    September 3, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Und Maligne Male und Medicin Lake. Die Fahrt ca 50 km zum Maligne Lake war regnerisch. In Jasper schien die Sonne und wir haben eine Tour durch die Giftshops gemacht. Bis auf Ei Eichhörnchen haben wir keine Tiere gesehen.

  • Day65

    Tag 14 Lake Louise - Jasper

    July 2, 2018 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    Die Anfahrt nach Jasper führte uns über den Icefield Parkway und über einige Höhenzüge der Rocky Mountains. So dass die Temperaturen bis auf 4°C gefallen sind und die ein oder andere Wolke sich am Berg abgeregnet hat. Dennoch haben wir viele Zwischenstopps machen können, so dass wir für die 250km nach Jasper trotzdem gut 7h Stunden benötigt haben.
    Die Stopps/Sights in Aufzählung:
    Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Waterful Lake, Columbia Iceshield, Sunwapta Falls, Athabasca Falls sowie viele wunderschöne Stopps am wegbegleitenden Flüssen und Aussichten.
    Im Sonnenuntergang haben wir in Jasper am Pyramide Lake beobachtet. In Jasper war auch sehr viel los, da am 01.07. Kanada Day ist und die nationalstolzen Kanadier diesen ausgiebig zelebrieren.
    Ach ja, in der Deer Lodge hat man uns nach Beschwerde über die Zustände der Zimmer zumindest ein Frühstück spendiert als kleine Wiedergutmachung.
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