So my Canadian adventure is continuing at pace, before I move on to part 2 I just want to revert to part 1 for a little update. Since I posted my blog post I have since discovered (via the weather report) that 57 Cm of snow fell the day we visited Lake Louise. That’s a pretty significant snowfall for springtime…..no wonder they re-opened the ski hills.
Our stay in Banff ended with a wildlife safari where, we (that’s Miss T, Mother dearest, Mrs B and I) together with a mini bus full of wildlife loving international tourists went in search of Bears, well it was actually supposed to be for all walks of wildlife but let’s cut to the chase here…..we were all hoping to see bears. Despite our guide Pam’s best efforts the bears sadly stayed out of sight. We did however encounter numerous deer, the back end of a rocky mountain goat, a goose and numerous fellow tourists…!!!
The following day it was all aboard a Brewster ‘Motorcoach’ destination Jasper……a mere 154 km away and onto part 2 of the Canadian adventure. This journey was without doubt the most scenic I’ve ever experienced……it was nothing short of spectacular…..!!
A blizzard was falling in Banff as we left and I have to say it felt pretty cold and really wasn’t much fun however, as we pushed on past Lake Louise and up to the ice parkway the weather began to clear. The views of the snow covered mountains, glaciers and frozen waterfalls were nothing short of spectacular. As we entered Jasper National Park the snowy scenery started to give way to green scenery, we soon came across some Rocky Mountain goats, grazing in the road (as you do on the highway). Brian our driver pulled aside so we tourists could indulge our inner wildlife photographer as the poor goats made a bid for freedom by scaling the cliff face.
We had barely recovered our composure from all the goat photography when a truck pulled into the side of the highway caught our eye and as we approached we spotted what had caught their attention……a beautiful black bear hanging around roadside foraging for berries. Again we proved our tourist credentials by snapping away (I will post photos when I’m back on the rock) before Mr or Mrs bear tired of us, crossed the highway and disappeared into the cover of the forest.
The following morning we awoke to find Jasper shrouded in sunshine so we headed for the Jasper skytram. Whilst ‘downtown’ was clear of snow the hiking trails at the upper station were still covered in a thick blanket of snow. Undeterred Miss T and I settled Mother dearest and Mrs B on a rock, donned our rather fetching shoe grips and set off up the mountain.
Now when we reached our summit we were I have to say pretty breathless (the air was pretty thin at that altitude) and I know I was wondering what had possessed us……and then I turned around…..the view of the mountains and lakes was just fantastic. As usual, for me, getting down from the summit was far more challenging than actually climbing up to it. I’m glad to say we both made it down unscathed and after collecting Mother dearest and Mrs B from their rock we enjoying a well deserved high altitude hot chocolate, all the more enjoyable as calories don’t exist at that altitude….!!
In my next post it’s all aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for part 3 of the Canadian adventure.