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Jasper To Lake Louise

This was a long journey with many stops to enjoy the views and places of interest along the Icefields Parkway. The weather was unkind to us today with heavy clouds, mist and then rain, which was such a shame because we were looking forward to viewing the mountains with a back-drop of bright blue sky. The views along the way were still stunning and we were amazed and awed at the volume and force of the water at the Athabasca Falls.
The next major stop was the Columbia Icefield Centre where we took an amazing trip via an all-terrain Ice Explorer (big bus) onto the Athabasca glacier, with a chance to walk on the glacier. After a few more stops to photograph some of the turquoise lakes, which were a beautiful colour even in the rain, we arrived at Lake Louise where we will be staying for 2 nights. Hopefully the sunshine will return tomorrow for our visit to the lakes in this area.

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2 Days in Jasper

The 1st chance to update as we have not had a connection for the last few days.

A day in Jasper today. We had a trip up the mountain, confusingly again called Whistlers Mountain here. (Both this mountain and the one near Vancouver and associated town are named after the Whistlers, marmosets that live on high ground and make a whistling sound). The Tramway provided excellent views over the town and to Yellow head mountains which are the continental divide ie from here all rivers flow either to East to the Arctic or west to the Pacific oceans.
We spent the afternoon in Jasper town. The town is a stopping point for the “Rocky Mountaineer” which stopped on cue while we were in town. A pretty town, with a number of excellent shops It was very hot today making the thundery shower late afternoon almost welcome.
After our look around town a quick look to a couple of the nearby lakes and back to the campsite.

The next day we decided to drive to Maligne Lake which is approx 1 hour from Jasper. On the way we stopped off at Maligne Canyon , very impressive, you can walk all the way down to the bottom via steps and six bridges which cross the canyon at various levels. We didn’t have time to go all the way down but we ‘did’ 3 bridges!. We stopped for lunch in the RV at Medicine Lake, the view and colours of the water were fantastic!! It was very busy here, lots and lots of people stopping to admire the view. Then on to Maligne Lake and as we travelled it became very overcast and started to rain so we didn’t see it at its best.. On the way back we found a ‘quiet’ layby overlooking Medicine Lake so stopped for a while, the sun came out again so once again we admired the beautiful turquoise colour of that lake.
Whilst at the canyon we saw a lot of people taking photos of a female elk near to the path, getting quite close to it!! We had been warned at the campsite to avoid females at this time of year as they protect their young quite aggressively. If they are distressed they stretch their necks and bare their teeth. I think this one was getting distressed so we quickly took a zoomed in photo and then left it alone.
On the way back we spotted our SECOND Black Bear!!! It was on the hillside in the distance across a small stretch of water but still wonderful to see it!
Tomorrow will be a long day driving to Lake Louise, so an early start as there is much to see on the way!

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Clearwater to Jasper

We set off early and stopped in a rest area for breakfast. It was a lovely place to stop right beside the massive North Thompson river, with wild lupins, butterflies and some unusual small birds with reddish crests and breasts (will have to google them sometime to add to our wildlife list) Then the long journey to Mount Robson Park and visitor centre with the mountain towering above us!! Mount Robson is the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Soon afterwards we crossed the border from British Columbia into Alberta and had to put our watches 1 hour forward to ‘mountain time’, so we are now 7 hours behind UK time.
Our journey today has taken us through some lovely scenery, first following the North Thompson river for miles and miles and then the great views towards Mount Robson. We are now in the Rockies, staying near Jasper for 3 nights, we have our very own red squirrel in the tree next to us!! – no internet at the moment so will add this blog later.

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Day In Wells Gray Park

Spent the day in Wells Gray Park

Drove about 45 miles into the park to see Lake Clearwater. Quite a few stops on the way to visit various waterfalls and rapids including the famous Helmcken falls which is the one everyone says you should visit. We however preferred Spahats falls, a very spectacular gorge and waterfall in a 120m deep volcanic canyon. The views there were stunning.

On the journey we saw many beautiful butterflies, the biggest ones being Canadian Tiger Swallowtails (we believe).

Off to Jasper tomorrow, our longest drive so an early start.

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Cache Creek to Clearwater

Set off quite early and found a lovely rest area overlooking Lake Kamloops for a cuppa. Carried on bypassing Kamloops which was much bigger and more industrial than we expected. This is one of the main stopping off places for the Rocky Mountaineer train. We found a family cafe by the roadside in McLure, stopped for lunch and were delighted to find lots of humming birds feeding just outside the window. They were coming from a nearby tree and there were dozens of them.

Wild life seen

Black Bear (4)
Red Squirrel
Humming Birds
Stag (I was going to say it was a Cariboo but not sure)
Golden mantle ground squirrel
Columbian ground squirrel
American robin
Canadian tiger swallowtail butterflies (lots )

Off to Wells Gray Provincial park tomorrow for the day, staying in Clearwater again tomorrow night.

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