WHERE: Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
WHEN: June 2016
HOW LONG FOR: 1 day
From Whistler we made the 9 hour drive to Jasper through Wells Grey Park and Mt Robson Park. We found that Jasper was by far the best place for spotting wildlife – we saw bears, elk, chipmunks, deer, moose, red squirrels, mountain goats and even the elusive caribou.
Medicine Lake is on Maligne Road, and was once thought to have healing properties. This is where we saw the caribou, having a great time on the distant shores.
As we pulled into the parking lot for Maligne Lake, there was a mother moose and her calf just in the middle of the carpark on a grass island having a snack! After pausing for a couple of photos, the pair made their way down to the lake and swam across (did you know moose could swim?! I didn’t). We arrived at Maligne just before a storm, and it was so beautifully calm.
A short drive from Maligne Lake was Maligne Canyon. As far as canyons go… it was pretty impressive!
Patricia & Pyramid Lakes
The Patricia and Pyramid Lakes are much closer to Jasper town. The first time we drove to the lakes it was raining… So I made us come back after dinner when the weather was better! Even though Pyramid Mountain faces the wrong way at sunset for pretty mountain photographs, the lakes at golden hour were magical.
- Karouzo’s I had the best steak I’ve ever eaten here.
- Earl’s We later realised that this is a chain of restaurants, but the food was great! The steak and the burger were delish.
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More posts from our Canadian Roadtrip…
- The Sea to Sky Highway
- Whistler & the Joffre Lakes
- Jasper National Park
- The Icefields Parkway
- Banff National Park Part 1: Banff Town, Lake Minnewanka, & the Johnston Canyon
- Banff National Park Part 2: Lake Louise & Moraine Lake
- Yoho National Park
- How to Spot Wildlife in the Canadian Rockies
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