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Jasper Park Information Centre National Historic Site of Canada

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  • Day39

    After meeting up with Matt and Ellie at the hostel the night before, I had secured two great road trip buddies for my day ahead. I had decided to drive South down the Icefields Parkway past Athabasca Falls and towards some of the big glaciers. It was only just over an hour's drive but I knew there'd be plenty of scenic views to stop and take photographs. The aim was to get the car back to Jasper before 5 ready for my evening wildlife tour.

    Despite the 29 roommates, I possibly had the best nights sleep I've had in a while! The strict rules regarding quiet time and curfews clearly works.

    The 3 of us and Cora headed out about 10 and on leaving the town of Jasper saw multiple vehicles pulled over at the side of the road with tourists pointing and jumping up and down excitedly. Naturally we stopped to see what the fuss was about. Matt went to investigate. With little patience, Ellie and I went to investigate ourselves to find him running towards us shouting 'BEAR!'. Thankfully said bear was not running after him but curled up in a tree only 20ft or so from the road. Naturally the surrounding tourists were very excited and taking photographs of this rare sight. It was a rather large black bear. We stood close to a Park Ranger who had turned up moments after us bearing a paint ball gun. This seemed like the safest spot to stand. There went my theory of climbing a tree for safety should I encounter a bear. I couldn't help wondering if he was in a sort of Winnie-the-Pooh predicament and needed a balloon to help get him down. Sadly I didn't have one to hand. Pretty soon, the ranger asked all the bystanders to get back in their cars and drive off. In reality I think the poor creature was probably a little stressed with all the attention. Silly old bear. Still, that was one BIG thing crossed off my Canadian Bucket List and with photographs to prove it. We couldn't have been more thrilled.

    Our first stop along the road was Athabasca Falls. Whilst no Niagara, they were equally mesmerising and dramatic. Nothing quite stirs the soul like the sheer power of nature especially when it is so treacherous. There were several memorials and reminders of how dangerous these landmarks are. The silly things people will risk for the perfect selfie.

    To give you an idea of the vast beauty of this landscape our supposed one hour drive took us over three while we stopped at multiple view points to stare at mountains, lakes and rivers. Hiring the car was the best decision I could have made. I could not have seen so much of this fantastic scenery without it or at my own leisure.

    Driving in Canada proved to be even easier than the States if only because there was so little traffic and the roads were wide and straight. I took comfort from the fact that Ellie fell asleep on the way back to Jasper which I took to mean she felt comfortable enough with my driving to do so. Of course there's a possibility it was sheer fear that made her shut her eyes!

    With a sigh of relief I returned the hire car in one piece and headed to the meeting point for my evening wildlife tour. I have to be honest, it wasn't really what I expected. In essence we sat in a mini bus being driven up and down several main roads around Jasper looking for wildlife. We were rarely let off the bus and due to the heat there wasn't much wildlife to be seen! I had expected to go into a bit more wilderness! That being said we did see several Elk. On driving back into town the driver suddenly exclaimed and slammed on the brakes and shouted 'look right' (if only he'd said BEAR right) and sure enough a baby black bear scrambled up the rock embankment. I managed to get a couple of shots much to the dismay of the 7D owner next to me with the fancier lens who wasn't quick enough. I am not wearing my smug face at all - honest. The driver was kind enough drop me back at the hostel and I managed to get to my things just before 'lights out'. Yet again I found myself to be the last one up in the big peaceful hostel lounge. With so many bears about, all camera batteries needed to be fully charged!
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  • Day15

    From Banff we drove 3.5hrs to Jasper for 2 nights. Jasper is a much smaller town then Banff but beautiful for wildlife and scenery. We stayed right in town and loved just driving around and exploring the town! On the trip in we saw some elk on the side of the road and also a massive glacier which we walked up to, it was so cold! We then took a gondola up to the summit in jasper which was 2400m high, very cold for us! While hiking up the summit we noticed how thin the air got. Up the top we saw a marmot, a very cute animal that wasn't afraid to hang around us. After 2 nights we then took a very long drive home back to Vancouver.Read more

  • Day4

    Hallo ihr Lieben,
    ja,so ist es leider.Kaum ist man im Urlaub wird man faul,schreibfaul 🙈Man muss aber auch dazu sagen,dass wir kein WLAN hatten 😊
    Wir haben so viel erlebt die letzten Tage:
    Am Mittwoch haben wir eine Mountainbike-Tour durch Banff gemacht.Das war total super,weil das Wetter auch echt genial war. Die Landschaft ist einfach wunderschön,wie aus einem Bilderbuch: kristallklare Seen, Wälder und bunte Blumen. Abends haben wir wieder in unserem Camper (er heißt überings Mysterie Maschine ) geschlafen, mitten im tiefen Wald-ohne Dusche 😏Ach klar,vorher waren wir ja noch in den heißen ,total überfüllten Quellen "baden". Wie die Sadellen in der Dose. Die Idee hatten mehrere, dort zu duschen 😏
    Nach wieder mal 12h Schlaf (Ja,die frische Luft macht wirklich sehr müde 😂- und man muss dazu sagen,der Camper hat zwar gar keinen Komfort,aber man kann darin mega gut schlafen) und einem ausgiebigen Frühstück haben wir uns am Donnerstag zum Lake Louis aufgemacht (Schaut mal im Internet!). Dort haben wir eine grandiose mega Wanderung gemacht.Die Landschaft ist einfach wie gemalt. 👌🏼😊 Leider sind wir hoch oben auf dem Berg in ein Gewitter gekommen und sehr nass geworden. Da es schon eh sehr kalt ist , war die Hoffnung auf eine heiße Dusche auf einem Campingplatz groß. Da hatten wir uns jedoch zu früh gefreut 🙈😔Es gab zwar eine Dusche,aber die hatte ca.18Grad. Zu allem Überfluss fing es dann auch an zu regnen,als Ben gerade die Bürger fertig hatte.Somit stand der Entschluss fest: Vorbei mit Camping 😂
    Nach einer sehr kalten Nacht und einem super leckeren Bagel -Frühstück mit Bacon 🥓 und Ei 🍳 sind wir fröstelnd los gefahren .Das Ziel war über den Icefield Parkway zum Jasper Nationalpark. Abgelenkt von der Schönheit der Natur (Es ist echt der Hammer, man könnte alle 3M stehen bleiben und Fotos knipsen) haben wir uns erstmal verfahren,obwohl es nur 2Straßen gibt 😂 Naja,80km Umweg bei max 90kmh dauern dann doch mal über eine Stunde 😂.
    Naja,auf dem Icefield Parkway waren wir wieder total entzückt von der Landschaft:Gletscher,schneebedeckte Berge,Wälder,Seen - keine Bären 🐻😔.
    Es ist so unglaublich kalt ,dass ich mir morgen eine Mütze kaufe 😂.
    Heute schlafen wir im Jasper NP im Hotel-die Nase hatten wir ja voll vom Campen 😂.Leider ist hier alles ausgebucht,dass wir nur ein Zimmer mit Bad auf dem Flur für ein halbes Vermögen bekommen haben .Es ist so krass,wie teuer hier in Kanada alles ist.Nen Kaffee-6Dollar,ein Eis 8Dollar,ein Burger 14Dollar (klar 😉).
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  • Day6

    Edmonton. Ein Ort, von dem ich bisher nur durch die NHL Eishockeyspiele gehört habe, erreichen kurz nach dem Frühstück und 10 neue Wagen werden angehängt, plus eine dritte Lokomotive. Nachdem wir in der Nacht einigen Frachzügen Platz machen mussten, haben wir wieder unsere 4 Stunden Verspätung eingehandelt. Aber ob der Zug nun 1, 4 oder 8 Stunden Verspätung hat, spielt eigentlich keine grosse Rolle. Die Reise ist das Ziel und irgendwann werden wir dann schon Vancouver erreichen. Doch zuerst kommt jetzt das nächste Highlight: Die Rocky Mountains. Nach über 30 Stunden und 3600km Zugfahrt durch die flache Prärie, ist es endlich soweit. In der Ferne sehen wir die ersten Berge und schon bald erreichen wir mit Jasper der erste grössere Ort der als Ausgangspunkt der Rocky Mountians dient. Im weiteren Verlauf unserer Reise werden wir diesen Ort nochmals besuchen, auf unserer Süd-Nord Reise. Doch zuerst geht es nun rein in die Berge, entlang reissender Flüsse, dichter Tannenwälder und vielen Kurven. Das Abenteuter Rocky Mountains kann beginnen.Read more

  • Day4

    Fahrt nach Jasper auf dem Icefield Parkway. Auf der Strecke: Lake Louise, Glacier Sky Walk und die Athabasca Falls. Tolle Ausblicke und Landschaft, Hanna und ich haben zwei Schwarzbären gesehen.

  • Day88

    We spent the afternoon exploring the town of Jasper then took a hike along and above Pyramid Lake. Loving Jasper, not near as crowded as Banff and Lake Louise. We finally spotted some wildlife! A wolf, elk and golden eagle, though you'll have to take my word for it as I wasn't quick enough with the camera.

  • Day8

    After Moose Lake, we drove to Jasper and walked around the town to stretch our legs. It's a small humble place, with lots of touristy souvenir shops around. It's a good place to stop to stretch your legs and grab some food while on the road!
    We stopped by a restaurant in the town (can't remember what it was called!) to get some lunch. The food was really good size and the waiter we had was excellent. I ordered the buffalo wings and they were delicious! I don't have many photos from Jasper unfortunately... I was too tired and zonked out from the drive!Read more

  • Day23

    Lots of wildlife, beautiful mountains, and chilly lakes. Our last national park we're visiting on our way North to Alaska. It was a great stop!
    Now on the road again, heading to Fort Saint John, BC.

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