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postheadericon Maligne Canyon: Photo Tour

 

Maligne Canyon:  Our #1 in Jasper National Forest

When we reflected on all of the amazing sights and activities we did in Jasper, it was unanimous that Maligne Canyon was #1.  It’s natural beauty, beautiful gushing water, and huge cliffs were just a few things that drew us to this hike not once, but twice!  Enjoy the Photo Walk!

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postheadericon Five Beautiful Lakes in Alberta, Canada

Moraine Lake

1.  Moraine Lake

Fed by the glaciers, this stunning lake is located in Banff National Park just 8.7 miles outside the Village of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada!  It is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks.

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postheadericon Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure in the Canadian Rockies ~ A Once in a Lifetime Experience

 

Have you ever stood on a glacier that is nearly 1000 feet deep?  Not many can say that they have, but if you visit the Canadian Rockies you can do just that!  The Columbia Icefield Glacier is the most visited glacier on the North American Continent and you can do this once in a lifetime experience during a fun and unique 80 minute journey any time between April and mid October.

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postheadericon The FOX Hotel and Suites – Banff National Park

 

When visiting the Canadian Rockies I’m pretty sure that staying in Banff is on your list of things to do!  After all, it’s a beautiful town with endless opportunities of things to do and see.  It’s quaint, but busy, feel are both charming and modern and the summer months weather can not be beat!  So if you’re looking for places to stay in Banff, I highly recommend The Fox Hotel and Suites!

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postheadericon Becker’s Chalets in Jasper National Forest – Hotel Review

 

 

In July, we escaped the heat of the South and headed up to the beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountains for a week long adventure in Jasper National Park and Banff National Park!  We saw the most beautiful lakes, got up close and personal with tons of wildlife, stood on a 1,000 foot deep glacier, and hiked all through the area!  I’d spent a lot of time researching where to stay in each place and, for Jasper National Park, had my heart set on Becker’s Chalets.  I had a friend that stayed a long time ago and said great things about it, but what really sealed the deal was knowing how much my kids would love not only staying at a place on such a beautiful river, but also experiencing the frequent nightly visits by the elk!

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postheadericon Weeping Wall: Banff National Park

 

Weeping Wall, Banff National Park

 

 

postheadericon Petyo Lake, Banff National Park: A Must-See Lake

 

Is Peyto Lake Really That Blue?

YES, It Sure Is!  The bright, turquoise color is because of glacial rock flower that flows into the lake in the summer.

 

 

 

 

Peyto Lake – Located inside of Banff National Park

This must-see lake is located on the Icefields Parkway and can be easily accessed via a steep, paved walkway to a viewing deck.

 

 

 

postheadericon Athabasca Falls: Jasper, Alberta

 

Athabasca Falls is a magnificently powerful waterfall located in Jasper National Park just off the Icefields Parkway.  Flowing from the glaciers of the Columbia Icefields, the Athabasca River rushes through a narrow gorge where, by the sheer force of rushing water, the walls have been smoothed and a short canyon and potholes have been formed.

 

 

Oh So Interesting

 

The Good:

These uber powerful waterfalls are a very short walk from the parking area.  You get a great view from several different viewing points and have the option to walk further to see the calm lake they flow into.

The Bad:

You will not be alone at this very popular tourist stop!  The crowds can get quite large and there is not a lot of room to spread out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Tip:  Arrive early to beat the crowds!

 

 

 

The Athabasca Falls are rated the #1 attraction on Tripadvisor.  I’m not so sure I agree, but it’s certainly worth the visit!

 

 

 

These falls are among the most powerful in the Canadian Rockies and put off a lot of mist (camera beware)!  The rocks can get very slippery so use caution when walking and never go outside of the designated paths!

Restroom Facilities Available

 

postheadericon Wildlife in the Canadian Rockies: Banff and Jasper

This large male Elk was grazing very close to the road on the Bow Field Parkway.

 

 

Take a drive on one of the many scenic and secluded winding roads and you might just find a bear or elk grazing peacefully on the shoulder.  Have a picnic at one of the breathtaking lakes and a herd of Bighorn Sheep may wander over to investigate you!  One of the most spectacular things about visiting the Canadian Rockies is that you never know what wildlife you’re going to see or when you’re going to see it!  Below you’ll find some of the Wildlife in Canada we saw on our weeklong adventure in Jasper and Banff!

 

This young sheep was with its herd at Medicine Lake.

The two main scenic drives are the Bow Field Parkway and the Icefields Parkway, but you have a good chance of seeing wildlife in either national forest!  When traveling from Banff to Jasper, take the Bowfield Parkway to the Icefields parkway and, if you like to stop and take it all in, you should allow 6-8 hours for the journey!

Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park and it spans 2,564 square miles!  It’s one of the world’s premier destinations spots full of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows, and rivers!

 

This deer was grazing just outside of the '5th Bridge' parking lot at Maligne Canyon.

 

Black Bear eating berries in Jasper on the Icefields Parkway just past Becker's Chalets.

 

Jasper joins Banff National Park to the south via the Icefields Parkway.  This parkway offers unparalleled beauty as you travel alongside a chain of massive icefields straddling the Continental Divide.

 

Deer along the Bow Field Parkway. There was also a Bear at this location!

 

Bighorn Sheep and his herd holding up traffic!

 

While someone is snapping a photo, this curious sheep wants to investigate!

 

Best Time to View Wildlife: Early Morning and Late Afternoon/Early Evening.

 

 

Chipmunk at Peyto Lake! Chipmunks are EVERYWHERE in the area!

 

Group of Elk at Becker's Chalets.

 

Elk along the road in the evening in Jasper along the Icefields Parkway just before town.

 

Barriers can't stop Sheep! This group was just outside Lake Minnewanka, just a short drive from Banff townsite.

 

Young sheep near Lake Minnewanka.

 

Resting Sheep on the side of the road in Banff. There was a group of about 10!

 

The sheep shed once a year and can have a scruffy appearance with patches of matted hair until the new coat grows in. This usually happens in June or July!

 

Herd of Sheep walking to Medicine Lake.

 

Baby Elk on the property of Becker's Chalets.

Elk feeding along the Athabasca River in Jasper.

 

Male Elk along the Bow Field Parkway

 

Resting Bighorn in Jasper.

 

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