River Safari - say hi to the brown bears

Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
Trip End Aug 18, 2010

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Monday, August 17, 2009

We left Whistler with a big drive ahead of us stopping off in a dump called Kamloops en route to Jasper, the gateway to the Jasper National Park. Before reaching our destination we decided to stop off for lunch at a roadside rest spot – just as we were about to do so we saw a sign for a "River Safari" ahead so we pulled in to find out what it was all about. Next we found ourselves on a boat with a life jacket shoved around us being whisked up a river into a beautiful lake with a guide promising views of wildlife from bears to eagles and moose. And we weren't to be disappointed. Within 20 minutes he found a bald eagle nesting in a tree and then three trees away her baby – looking bigger than her mother. As we were watching the guide made us all turn to the shore to see the cutest of Black Bears strolling along in the water trying to find fish. It was a 5 year old female apparently and quite small for her age which made everyone in the boat oooh and ahhhh – I’m sure though up close it would have made us all go aagggghhh!!!

We were then given the opportunity to see another bear this time up close as we sped across to the other side of the lake where the bear allowed the boat to go up to about 10 metres away – what a treat.

Talking of treats, Fynn was then given the responsibility of driving the speedboat back to base which as you can imagine made him very proud (and Lily and Edie p***ed off!!). And on the way back I caught a glimpse of a moose in the woods so I grabbed the camera to ensure I snapped such a rare sitting. Proud of myself for doing so, I was then brought back down to earth by the guide who told me it was a plastic animal they had put in there to fool the tourists!
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