We head to Edmonton tomorrow. We ate tonight in downtown Jasper. See the mountains in the background.
Sunday night dinner at the park in downtown Jasper. Great view of the mountains from anywhere in Jasper.
Just before we set up for dinner we were driving on the highway 93 (the Ice Field Parkway) about 5 miles south of Jasper. Suddenly we saw a grizzly foraging alongside of the road. We pulled over as did LOTS of other people. The biggest danger is the traffic jam and the real possibility that someone will get hit by a vehicle.
One man ran close to the grizzly with his camera and the bear charged him. Grizzlies can do a bluff/charge and this is what happened. The man bolted back across the highway without looking. The guy was incredibly unwise getting so close. Suddenly a Canadian park ranger pulls up and blares over his loud-speaker, “Everyone get in your vehicles … now.”
Geesh … but what a sight. Our car happened to be the closest one to the grizzly. Wow…
We made it up the spectacular Ice Field Parkway. It’s a 4-and-a-half drive where wild life and glacier dance in unison…
Standing on the east side of Lake Louise, with the Canadian Rockies behind us. Almost every hiker we met had bear spray strapped to his side. You can see mine under my Banff t-shirt on my left side.
- Lake Louise… Nope, this is not a painting. Someone actually created this.
We passed many Glaciers between Lake Louise and Jasper, driving the Icefields Parkway. The glaciers are on the move, too, as the sign at Athabasca Glacier notes. Bighorn sheep climbed the cliff along the highway.
Turned right out of the wooded campground at Tunnel Mountain at 7 a.m. and saw this.
The Bow River runs through Banff and on to Calgary. It is wide and deep and full and mighty and amazing. The Bow is in the picture. Also must give a shoutout to the Flathead River in Montana, which runs through Missoula. Wow.