Jasper and the Rockies

Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
Trip End Aug 2009

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Monday, October 20, 2008

As we drove from Edmonton to Jasper we played tag with the VIA Rail train ĘThe CanadianĘ as it worked its way into Jasper. The train was parked at the station when we arrived in town, ready for the final leg of its trans-continental journey from Toronto to Vancouver.

There was no camping in Jasper so we stayed at a guest house for a couple of nights. It was just as well because the nights were cold. Quite a few of the tourist sights were closed due to higher elevations and roads not being accessible which was unfortunate. We also did not see a lot of wild life. We┤re guessing that in the fall most animals stay further up in the mountains and only venture down during the summer months.

We stayed in the village for 2 nights, walking around town and checking out the Jasper Park Lodge. We then made our way to Kelowna, via Lake Louise, taking the Icefields Parkway. It was a beautiful drive. The sun was out and the the rockies were always in the background, the icy peaks glinting in the sun. Along the Columbia Icefields stretch of the Parkway, the mountains stood out in the forefront, with little signs of greenery creating an almost harsh and foreboding landscape. The sudden change in scenery was quite spectacular.

Sections of the Parkway were covered in hard-packed snow, which made for some tense moments as we traveled over those parts of the route. We have been lucky with the weather and road conditions so far, which have been free of snow and ice.

We spent one night in Lake Louise, at a deserted campsite on the edge of town. It was not very cold, but there was snow on the ground where we camped.
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ch4rd on

bah. I could have sworn I posted a response on your Ontario tour. I Guess I'll combine it into this one. ^.^;; I've been a bit busy with school (midterms, etc.) so I've unfortunately not kept up a ton until today.

It was pretty good to see you guys again when you came through Ontario, and neat to see the van up close. (my only problem with the picture of Uncle Rajiv, and my Dad, Michael and I, is that you cant tell I was smiling because my mustache covers the end of my mouth. XD oh well.)

That first picture you have of Manitoba looks pretty much what I expected it to. flaaaaat. ^^
The pictures from the Corner gas set are also pretty neat to see, too bad the show is finished. D:

Those pictures from Lethbridge (the Japanese gardens) are really neat, they look like a totally different place than Alberta. I have a friend that lives in Edmonton and he was talking about how it was starting to get rather cold at night, I guess that confirms it. You guys are brave to be staying in the van this late in the year. ^.^;

The pictures from BC are neat, completely different it seems, as theres allready a good deal of snow. It's only started to hail a little bit and be frosty in the mornings here. Is the ex-PM you're seeing in the mountains Brian Mulroney? I didn't see it at first, but I guess that's because I wasn't too old when he was PM.

Anyhow. I wish you guys luck getting through the mountains with all the ice and snow.

There. finally caught up! ^.^

-Richard Kalsi

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