Category Archives: Wildlife

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.

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The best bit, scones with Saskatoon jam and clotted cream.  The view wasn’t bad either!

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We took a drive to Cameron Lake and enjoyed strolling in the sunshine.

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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!

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Whilst at the Canyon we saw this cute little chipmunk looking very special amongst the flowers.

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There’s some rather large dragonflies too.

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J&E

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!

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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.

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A very enjoyable and relaxing day.

J&E

Moose!

It was such a beautiful Alberta day today that we decided to take some much needed time out and have an afternoon to ourselves!

We drove to High River for some lunch at Smittys and then on to Nanton and then the turn West towards Chain Lakes.  It is such a beautiful and tranquil drive.  We saw loads of birds of prey, fields full of prairie flowers and wide open spaces.

As we turned North onto the main highway towards Longview, we spotted this Moose in the field.  It was fairly close and seemed to hang around for ages.

Why is it on days when you see stuff, the good camera is always at home!?  We did our best with what we had and it didn’t take away from such a special and exciting moment.

It begins to head off into the trees, making short work of the fences as it goes.

J&E

Gopher Hole Museum, Torrington

Welcome StatueToday we decided to take the 150km trip to Torrington – I know it may sound like a long way but with open roads and not much traffic, you can make swift progress!

Torrington is a small Hamlet and boasts a large sculpture that can’t be missed of a large 12ft gopher named Clem T GoFur!

As you can see the fire hydrant in front of the sculpture is also painted as a gopher, as are all 11 of the hydrants in Torrington.  Below are a few more examples.  It does make for quite a cheery fire hydrant!

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While strolling around Torrington we also came across an old church and a very friendly cat!

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Then we headed to the main attraction – the Gopher Hole Museum. I don’t think being crazy is a requirement to visit but it probably helps!!

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Pikas Galore

When we went to Medicine Lake in Jasper we were lucky enough to see lots of Pikas running around the rocks, making their homes from grass that they pick and then leave to dry out in the sun, before using it as bedding for winter.

Although tiny, Pikas are related to the Rabbit family and were once described to us as like “a tennis balls with ears!” To see so many and to get decent shots of them (they move very quickly!) was truly a rare treat!

Sweet aren’t they?!

J&E