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.
Today we decided to take a trip to Kananaskis Village. What we weren’t really prepared for was the amount flood damage. We saw a lot of devastation along the rivers and piles of debris but the washed out bridge/road was an incredible reminder of the strength and force of the water that flowed through Southern Alberta over 1 year ago!
We have been to Waterton many times but we have never yet managed to have afternoon tea at the Price of Wales. Today the timing was right and opportunity arose, so we jumped at it.
The best bit, scones with Saskatoon jam and clotted cream. The view wasn’t bad either!
We took a drive to Cameron Lake and enjoyed strolling in the sunshine.
As we headed to Red Rock Canyon, we saw this bear who was wandering around the golf course – not sure we would have been happy being on the golf course that day!
Whilst at the Canyon we saw this cute little chipmunk looking very special amongst the flowers.
There’s some rather large dragonflies too.
We managed to get a short weekend away in the Rockies. Although we stayed in Canmore, we spent a fair amount of time in Banff. We nearly didn’t come as it was due to be quite snowy. It seems we lucked out! It was a bit grey and overcast, but we managed to get out and about without getting wet.
The scenery looks so different every time you visit, that you just can’t help taking photos of it!
We love these trees!
It was nice to see Johnson Canyon flowing and a bit of greenery, we normally visit in the winter when everything is white and all frozen over!
Today we went for a drive to Kananaskis and up on one of the hills we spotted a bear. We were some distance away and he still looked quite big.
We went for a stroll in Fish Creek Park this evening and came across this pair of Great Horned Owls. It having gone 5.30pm on a grey February evening we had to use the flash to make them visible, unfortunately this caused red eye in one of the owls! They were wonderful to see though.
It was a beautiful sunny day today and perfect weather for a trip down to Waterton. It was so peaceful there, it was a real pleasure just sitting in the sunshine, eating ice cream!
Of course after all the ice cream, we had to have a little stroll along Red Rock Canyon.
It is unusual to go to Waterton and no see any wildlife, this time we didn’t see any bears, but we did see some deer and a small chipmunk.
A very enjoyable and relaxing day.
Lougheed House (also known as Beaulieu) is a grand sandstone mansion that was built in 1891 for James and Isabella Lougheed. Lougheed House is now a National and Provincial Historic Site and Museum. The quality of the design, materials and furnishings reflected their wealth and prestige. At the time the population was under 4,000 making the Lougheeds among Calgary’s most influential citizens at the time.