Today is the day we have to make our journey home.
Stopping along the way at the Columbia Icefields Centre to take the Skywalk Tour. The Skywalk is an impressive, glass floored observation deck, towering some 918feet (280 meters) above the valley floor below.
The first step was the worst, but we bravely stepped on!
Some views from the Skywalk.
We also managed to squeeze in lunch at Lake Louise on the way home!
We would say, if you are in the area, the Skywalk is well worth a visit.
We started the day with a trip up Whistlers Mountain.
Where we got some amazing views of Jasper townsite and the surrounding lakes and mountains.
We also got treated to a Hoary Marmot!
Amazingly, there were some very pretty and colourful flowers at the top (surviving at around 7,500ft / 2300 meters)
Back on the ground, we saw this lovely bear on the road to Medicine Lake.
We saw a third bear (didn’t get a pic of the second) on the drive back from Maligne Lake.
After a nice meal in the Tekarra Lodge Restaurant we took a drive to one of our favourite spots, Patricia Lake.
The perfect end to a lovely and relaxing day.
As we had Eamonn’s niece, Natasha visiting, we thought Jasper would be a stunning introduction to the Canadian Rockies. I know we have photographed many of these scenes before, but it is just so beautiful, you can’t help but take a few more!! Shame about the dull sky on the drive there.
This was a Clarks Nutcracker at Lake Louise. Unfortunately with it being Canada Day, Lake Louise was incredibly busy so we thought we would carry on and try again on the journey back.
As we drove the Icefields Parkway, we stopped off at many scenic spots along the way, the first being Peyto Lake.
This area is known as Big Bend and you can see the Icefields Parkway as it snakes through the mountains.
This is a shot of the snow still present on the mountains.
Another stop was the amazing and powerful Sunwapta Falls.
As we were driving along, we spotted this Elk Stag.
After dinner, we took a look at the peaceful Beauvert Lake, which was just gorgeous at that time of night.
Before long though, Elk started to appear out of the woods and we were soon surrounded. Thankfully though, they just seemed to have dinner on their mind.
This one walked right past us, and it was huge. Shame it blurred (it was going quite dark and the camera didn’t like it!).
It was a lovely and relaxing first day in Jasper.