Jasper and Surrounds - Day Two

Trip Start Feb 16, 2011
Trip End Jun 11, 2012

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Howdy Folks,

After a nice sleep in, Steffie and I went to The Other Paw Bakery for breakfast. It was a chilly -9 degrees Celsius so gloves and a cow beanie/touque were a must! The clouds were starting to clear so we decided to drive up to Pyramid Lake and as we started to drive out of town we had to stop for a herd of a dozen elk grazing on the roadside. They included two large bull elk with massive antlers. We cautiously drove past (I'm sure they're used to tourists!) and continued onto Pyramid Lake. This is a popular swimming spot in summer, but the lake edges were starting to ice over so I don't think it would have been great in November! We walked over to the small island and took a few photos of Pyramid Mountain towering behind it. On the way back we paused briefly for a few photos at Patricia Lake as well.

After stopping at Subway to pick up some lunch, we drove out of town and over the bridge to Maligne Lake road. We saw another bull elk grazing on the roadside and the road soon turned to snow. We stopped at Medicine Lake which was almost empty and nearly frozen over. As we were driving around the lake we saw a large bighorn sheep grazing on the hillside. When we arrived at Maligne Lake we were the only ones in the car park! It was certainly different than when I was there in June and there were people everywhere going kayaking and on the boat cruises. We walked around the side of the lake and over the bridge whilst noticing a lot of small animal tracks in the fresh snow.

Our last stop was Maligne Canyon back towards the highway where we walked down to the Fourth Bridge and back up to the car park. It was cool to see lots of icicles on the canyon walls and from the waterfalls. The water level was quite a bit lower than what I remember from June because of the cold weather. In the evening we went to the Jasper Brewing Company for dinner and a few beers. Steffie particularly enjoyed her Raspberry Ale and the Pilsner I had was quite nice, but the hefeweizen wasn't great.

We made good use of the jacuzzi on the deck again and the thermometer was reading a cool -12 degrees Celsius and there were ice crystals forming in my hair! It was a nice clear night so we could see the moon and we talked to a few Canadians who were talking about 'proper' winter days of -30 degrees. Can't wait...
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