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Trip Start Mar 19, 2012
26Trip End Jul 27, 2012
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So got there at 1am rather than 1pm, and my hotel was about 1km away from the station so at that time of night I ran to the hotel not worried about any weirdos but in case I met a bear, elk, cougar or wolf. I saw pics before I came here and they wonder around the streets. On another note I have been asked 4/5 times in different places if I'm going to compete in the 400m at the Olympics. Seriously I have no idea which 400m runner I look like but looks like gym sessions paying off.
So after a good nights sleep I went on a hike at malign canyon, the hike was about 2 hours 1/5th spent in the forest the rest on the frozen malign lake
Next day I went on a wildlife tour and saw elk, deer, mountain sheep, a fox and an eagle. The bears are still hibernating so didn't see any despite trying to wake them up with a picnic basket and the moose are also a rare sighting generally. As I didn't get to see a bear I decided I would have a bear burger at Teddy's. They grilled the burgers on their grizzly grill, and the meat was very black in the middle, brown on the edges. Had a bite and was a bit chewy and was polar cold at the top and bottom regions.
Following day went on a train journey to see some more animals and ride through the Rockies. Spotted some more deer and a vulture. Also went and saw the highest of the rocky mountains on the Canadian side Mount Robson.
Then on the penultimate day here I went on another hike around malign canyon a different route this time with this hike having more elevation
During my time in Jasper the late afternoons and early evenings were spent in various combination of hot tub, whirlpool, pool or stroll down the main street. On one of my strolls I saw what I thought was a normal domestic cat but when it turned around it didn't look like a normal cat, it had spikey ears and thinner eyes, I didn’t have my camera so spoke to one of the guides the next day and they said it was probably a lynx.
Had a great time in Jasper; was nice and relaxing and I am at one with nature. Until the next blog.
Kalpesh Bear Grylls
PS The bear burger bit may not have been true :-)