Maligne Canyon and Miette Hot Springs

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

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Monday, August 17, 2009

We arrived in Jasper quite late and pulled into our RV Park secluded in the forest.

Up early we planned to visit two of the local attractions – Maligne Canyon and Miette Hot Springs (we wanted to visit Mount Edith Cavell – Virginia's heroine for some reason - but our RV was too big to make the hairpin bends apparently). We took a long hike along the Canyon in the morning and the kids were brilliant conquering the miles of ups and downs without too many whinges. After lunch we made our way north to these sulphur springs further up in the mountains. Unlike other natural springs we had been to, these were presented in the form of four modern pools – two large and two plunge – where the guests sat in the various degrees of warm water to soothe their aching limbs. It was supposed to be all quiet and peaceful but Lily, Fynn and Edie soon put paid to that – they saw them as normal swimming pools and were soon racing each other and bombing others until the lifeguards regained control much to the relief of the more elderly bathers! We returned back to the RV camp to a well-earned rest.

Next day we were up to ride the Whistlers Mountain cable car to the top overlooking Jasper. Luckily for us we picked the clearest day of the year to enjoy the amazing views of the whole of this amazing area of the Rockies.

The afternoon was spent driving down the Ice fields Parkway under clear blues skies taking in the incredible scenery from Jasper down to Banff – what an amazing experience which was nearly spoilt when we reached our intended RV park for the next 3 nights to find at 8 o’clock that we had been booked into the wrong RV Park an hour away back north. Another cock up I’m afraid to say from our agents (I wonder what treat we will get in return for this one!!).
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