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The Road to Jasper

Jasper is a wonderland that I consider heaven.  As we ventured towards the National Park, we made some stops along way…






My pal Debbie + I awoke early early + left Canmore lickety split!  We headed northwest towards Jasper National Park!  Neither of us had been there before.  I was really anticipating the trip.  Anytime I mentioned my trip to Jasper to a local, they would get a faraway look in their eyes…Wistful Cat









and say…”Jasper is what Banff was 40 years ago.  Sigh!”.  I’m not kidding EVERYONE said it!  Banff is really overcrowded + can be crazy congested, so I couldn’t wait to find out what everyone was talking about!!!

Our first tourist stop was an hour + 1/2 drive to Bow Lake.  It was a gloomy morning + the lake wasn’t as blue as it usually is, but still stunningly beautiful!Wilcox Pass - 01

A fisherman waiting for a morning catch.Bow Lake

Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, 16 rooms, a general store, gifts + restaurant!  My brother + sister-in-law were married at Bow Lake!  Dreamy!Num-Ti-Jah Lodge

It was early yet, but a flock of buses had arrived!!!!  Our adversaries:Tourists

Just kidding!  They were so cute taking pictures of squirrels!  But seriously, travel early to beat the tour buses!!!  We were outta there!

Next stop, Peyto Lake!  Another crowded tourist spot – but if you take the trail heading further up, there are sensational views of the lake + WAY less peeps!!!Peyto Lake

Debbie taking it all in.Peyto Lake

The milky run-off from the glacier trickling into the lake.Peyto Lake

If you look closely, you can see the rock flour deposits that I mentioned in my last post, giving the lake it’s bright turquoise color!Peyto Lake

The Peyto Glacier has receded at an alarmingly fast rate.  It’s so sad.  Hello global warming!Peyto Glacier Receding












When entering Jasper National Park, there are ranger stations where we were stopped, + payed for entry.  The ranger asked for my Native Card.  Huh?  Debbie was laughing her a** off.  The ranger thought I was of First Nations heritage!  OMG.

On to the Icefields Parkway!!!  It’s a nice stop to stretch your legs, but it was too crowded for us – look at the parking lot!  Speaking of global warming, Athabasca Glacier used to fan out, covering where the parking lot is today.Icefields Parkway

I personally would skip Athabasca glacier.  It’s too much of a tourist trap.  You’ll see in a couple of posts that we had a lovely woodland hike along another glacier with minimal crowds! Wilcox Pass - 11

This bus will take you up the glacier for around $50.Icefields Parkway

I preferred this old school vehicle!!!Icefields Parkway

I am really milking this trip because there’s too many pictures + too much to tell you guys!!!  So there will be more Jasper, keep on reading!!!



14 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kenneth ''Papi~Dad's'' Nishino #

    Hi, Nan, again terrific wonderful Photo’s…keep up
    the great picture taking,…Wow, Jasper is awesome
    for photo geek’s, huh…lol !!!!! Take Care, say Hey
    2 Jeff & Meg’s, watched, ”Hell On Wheels”, good
    stuff, tell Jeff, he should ask 4 a raise, Cheers Dad’s

    August 13, 2013
    • Jasper is a dream!!! Oh good, I’m glad you liked the Hell on Wheels season premiere!!! Jeff works SO hard on that show! It’s dirty + muddy!

      August 14, 2013
  2. I started researching Jasper yesterday – there’s so much to see! We’re only going to be there for two nights, which is basically just one day, so we’ll definitely have to go again. It looks amazing!

    August 13, 2013
  3. I have to admit, you make me want to go visit Jasper right now!! 🙂

    August 13, 2013
    • Haha!!! It is beyond gorgeous!!! I couldn’t believe it!

      August 14, 2013
      • I am thankful that we live in an age of digital information, photos and documents of all sorts! I get to virtually visit just about every nook and cranny of this great country and beyond! 🙂

        August 14, 2013
  4. I have never been to Jasper. I should have Kyle take me when we head out to Alberta next week.

    August 15, 2013
  5. Loved Peyto Lake! Looking forward to going to Jasper on another trip. ~M.

    August 17, 2013

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