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!