Category Archives: Days Out in Alberta

Jasper – 3 July 2015

Today is the day we have to make our journey home. 020 Skywalk

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.

0703 045 Skywalk

The first step was the worst, but we bravely stepped on!

022 Natasha on Skywalk

029 Eamonn & Natashas legs on Skywalk

030 Skywalk

031 Skywalk

029 Eamonn & Natasha on Skywalk

024 Eamonn on Skywalk

025 Janet on Skywalk

Some views from the Skywalk.

027 Skywalk

028 Skywalk

021 Skywalk

We also managed to squeeze in lunch at Lake Louise on the way home!

0703 050 Lake Louise

We would say, if you are in the area, the Skywalk is well worth a visit.


Jasper – 2 July 2015

We started the day with a trip up Whistlers Mountain.

001 Cable Car

Where we got some amazing views of Jasper townsite and the surrounding lakes and mountains.

002 Whistler Mountain

003 Whistler Mountain

006 Whistler Mountain

010 Whistler Mountain

We also got treated to a Hoary Marmot!004 Whistler Mountain - Marmot

005 Whistler Mountain - Marmot

005a Whistler Mountain - Marmot

Amazingly, there were some very pretty and colourful flowers at the top (surviving at around 7,500ft / 2300 meters)007 Whistler Mountain Flowers

008 Whistler Mountain Flowers

Back on the ground, we saw this lovely bear on the road to Medicine Lake.  015 Jasper Bear

016 Jasper Bear

Medicine Lake020 Medicine Lake

Maligne Lake021 Maligne Lake

022 Maligne Lake

023 Maligne Lake

We saw a third bear (didn’t get a pic of the second) on the drive back from Maligne Lake.

024 Bear 2

025 Bear 2

After a nice meal in the Tekarra Lodge Restaurant we took a drive to one of our favourite spots, Patricia Lake.030 Patricia Lake Evening

The perfect end to a lovely and relaxing day.


Jasper – 1 July 2015

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.

001 Lake & Mountains

002 Lake & Mountains

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.

003 Clarks Nutcracker at Lake Louise

As we drove the Icefields Parkway, we stopped off at many scenic spots along the way, the first being Peyto Lake.

005 Peyto Lake

This area is known as Big Bend and you can see the Icefields Parkway as it snakes through the mountains.

006 Big Bend & Big hill

This is a shot of the snow still present on the mountains.

007 Snowy Mountain

Another stop was the amazing and powerful Sunwapta Falls.

008 Sunwapta Falls

009 Sunwapta Falls

010 Sunwapta Falls

011 Sunwapta Falls

As we were driving along, we spotted this Elk Stag.

015 Elk near Jasper

After dinner, we took a look at the peaceful Beauvert Lake, which was just gorgeous at that time of night.

017 Lake Beauvert Evening

018 Lake Beauvert Evening

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.

020 Lake Beauvert Evening

021 Lave Beauvert Evening

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!).

022 Lake Beauvert Evening

It was a lovely and relaxing first day in Jasper.


Flood Damage in Kananaskis

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!







Afternoon Tea at The Prince of Wales, Waterton

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.



Canmore, Alberta

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!






Waterton, Alberta

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!




036-WatertonOf course after all the ice cream, we had to have a little stroll along Red Rock Canyon.

037-WatertonIt 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, Calgary

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.