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Sep 10, 2018 - Drive around Jasper

Not much to do in Jasper, but the wildlife on the edge of the road was amazing. On highway 16 between our accommodation and Jasper, we saw lots of wildlife. - a black bear very relaxed walking along the highway - lots of sightings of elk, they are very relaxed eating alongside the highway - mountain goats (need to find the correct name), very agile on the steep rocky hills - a pale brown fox (need to find the correct name) and lots of obnoxious and stupid people, stopping half on and half off the road, getting so close to the wildlife and...

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Sep 9, 2018 - Icefields Parkway drive to Jasper and Athabasca Glacier

This drive along the Icefields Parkway was so eventful. Although raining and misty to start, this lifted quite quickly to give us a performance. Around each corner, mountains upon mountains with patterns of snow and glaciers! Lots of oohs and aahs from us. Just stunning, with a different picture looking forward and backwards. Then we came to the Athabasca Glacier, such a beautiful sight! Lots of glaciers to see. We booked for the Ice Explorer Glacier Tour which took us onto the glacier. We learnt that the multiple glaciers once were all...

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Aug 25, 2018 - Jasper, Alberta

August 21st We have been enjoying clear blue skies as we start out each morning but as we get closer to Lloydminster and the Alberta border the smoke on the horizon grows significantly and by the time we arrive at Elk Island National Park just outside of Edmonton the sun is an orange orb in the sky and it is hot again. We have been mostly bug free for the last week or so but we have moved into wasp season. When we stopped at a rest stop, wasps swarmed over the van; it was almost impossible to get back into the van to leave. It was not a...

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Jul 20, 2018 - Jasper

We wake again early before our 6am alarm. Must stop this, little enough sleep as it is! Disappointed with this hotel at first as looked a bit like a school camp. Prior research had us prepared though somewhat but we did warm to it a little as the evening progressed - and is only one night after all. Get ourselves prepared for what could be a messy day, but more of that later. Bags outside for 6.45 and leave at 7.45 for a full days activities. Very soon we pull up along side Herbert Lake. Manage to take a fantastic photo which does its...

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Canada - The Rockies

Jul 19, 2018 - Jasper

The campground is only 4 km from the Jasper Skytram so that was my first undertaking. It was built in 1964, well before my first trip here in 1977 but for some reason I’ve never been on it, maybe because I went on the one at Banff. Perhaps it was too expensive. It cost $50 today so it could have been too much for Jim & I with 3 kids in tow in 1977. Parking is an issue at these places so I went early which was a very good move. There was plenty of RV parking although it was full when I came back down. It was foggy at the bottom but I was...

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Canada 2018

Jul 18, 2018 - Hinton to Jasper

Very unsettled weather this morning & I went through a few rain showers on my way into the park. One good thing, it cleaned most of the bugs off the windscreen. It was one of those days when you take a raincoat & umbrella & the sun comes out & then when you leave them behind, it rains. Somehow I managed not to get wet & the changeable weather showed the mountains in different moods. I went to Maligne Lake which is a 50 km detour off the highway so I think I avoided to worst of the crowds. One of the advantages of travelling by yourself – I...

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May 19, 2018 - More Canadian Rockies

Day: 8 Miles: 204 Total Miles: 1901 Start: Banff, AB Stop: Jasper, AB Campground: Overflow CG The drive from Banff to Jasper along the Ice Fields Parkway is one of the most beautiful drives you will ever encounter. Our morning started with the short drive from Banff to Lake Louise. Beautiful snow covered mountains all along the way. We made a short stop at Lake Louise for pictures and enjoyed the views of the ice covered lake with the snow capped mountains in the background. Just as we noted in our journal in 2011, as we drove along the...

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Oct 8, 2017 - Saskatoon to Jasper

Because we’re running so late, I was well & truly in bed last night by the time we got to Saskatoon so I’ll have to wait & see it next year. Things were a bit of a mess today because we were running so late. There were lots of people getting off at Jasper & they should have left the train before lunch but because they were still here, we had a Brunch. I wasn’t complaining, I had a beautiful Lobster Ravioli & I didn’t care whether they called it Lunch or Brunch. We did the trip into the Rockies in the late afternoon so had one of the best...

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Canada 2017

Sep 16, 2017 - Vancouver - train to Toronto

16/9/2017. Saturday. On train Well, our first night on the train was interesting.....rock and roll, bumpy with quite a few stops. We were told this morning that there were some rocks on the track, and an Engineer had to be brought in to remove them. In the middle of the night, I couldn't open the bathroom door, so eventually put the light on to read instructions - and Ian slept on. What a blessing to be a heavy sleeper - I'm jealous! We were hot during the night, so stripped the doona off, and finally settled for a good few hours. Just time...

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Aug 19, 2017 - Jasper

Days 14-16, Jasper August 13-15, 2017 It’s about sixty-five miles from the Columbia Icefields to Jasper. The forecast was for rain. Leaving the Icefields, the Parkway dipped down slightly. For several miles, we traveled along the gravel bed of the upper Sunwapta River. Then we climbed abruptly to a viewpoint of Sunwapta Canyon and Mt. Kitchener. Off in the distance to the left was our final view of Mt. Athabasca and the Athabasca Glacier, from where we’d just come from. A few miles further, we had a photo-op stop at Tangle Creek Falls, a...

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Jul 28, 2017 - That was a rough start

Day 1, Leah: Well that day did not go as planned, it did end at the place we planned at least so that is a positive. We left the house at the very respectable hour of 9:30am; the packing and last minute chores went almost seamlessly. From our home in Beaumont we traveled south through Wetaskiwin, west through Mulhurst, then around Pigeon Lake and south to Rocky Mountain House. I had some minor technical challenges with our intercom headsets. The units we have work as a communicator between riders and also will connect to a phone via...

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2017 BC Bike Trip

Jul 19, 2017 - Touring the Ice Fields

Today was Bill's birthday and we awoke to a beautiful sunny day with no smoke - Yeah! What a great birthday present. We checked out and had a quick brunch then off to our glacier tour. You take a bus up the mountain a ways to get to an Ice Explorer. It is a large vehicle with huge tires (66X43X25) which holds up to 56 people. We drove down a really steep incline (33 percent) and out on to Athabasca Glacier. This glacier is 6km (3.75mi) long with a depth of 270-1000 ft. of ice. It is an Outlet valley glacier which is fed from the Columbia...

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