Around Calgary, Alberta

We spent the night in Calgary with our friends Pat and Harry who entertained us royally. Next morning, we headed south to the High River Alberta airport to embark on a flight with Harry to fly over the Frank Slide in southern Alberta. As we took off from the airport, we were greeted with breathtaking views of the grain fields and the front range of the Canadian Rockies in the distance. The flight was simply stunning and a great opportunity for us to admire the beauty of Alberta from above.

As we approached the Frank Slide, the size of this natural disaster was simply staggering. The Frank Slide is a rockslide that occurred on April 29, 1903, near the town of Frank in southern Alberta, Canada. It was one of the largest and deadliest rockslides in Canadian history, resulting in the loss of over 70 lives and devastating the town of Frank.

From the air, it was clear to see the impact of the Frank Slide on the surrounding area. The huge piles of rocks and debris covered over 2.7 square kilometers of land, creating a new landscape that was both beautiful and haunting at the same time. We were amazed at the size of the slide and the incredible forces of nature that must have caused it.

On our return flight to High River, we flew over the town of Vulcan, Alberta, which is famously known as the home of the Star Trek Museum. Vulcan is a small town located in southern Alberta, and it has become a popular destination for fans of the Star Trek franchise. Continue reading

Lake Louise and Agnes Lake Hike

We left the Bow River RV Park in Cochrane early hoping to get parking near Moraine Lake. The crowds were insane so we parked near Chateau Lake Louise and decided to explore the area around the Lake instead. When we arrived it was raining and the visibility was poor so we went into the historic Chateau to wait out the storm..

Chateau Lake Louise is a historic hotel located on the shores of Lake Louise. It was built in 1911 by the Canadian Pacific Railway as a luxury resort for wealthy travelers. Today, it is one of the most iconic hotels in the Canadian Rockies and is a popular destination for tourists visiting Banff National Park.

Finally, the weather was clearing up, and as the clouds lifted, the beautiful blue-green waters of the lake and the majestic mountains in the distance became visible. We were amazed by the sheer beauty of the place and decided to take a hike around the lake. The fresh mountain air and the breathtaking scenery made for a perfect hike and photo opportunity. Click on thumbnail to view image Continue reading

Yoho National Park, British Columbia

After relaxing in Cochrane for a few days visiting with our old friends Pat and Harry in Calgary we decided to head back into British Columbia and visit Yoho National Park. Along the way we stopped at the famous Spiral Tunnels at Kicking Horse Pass.

The Spiral Tunnels at Kicking Horse Pass are an engineering marvel that were built in the early 1900s to help trains navigate the steep grades of the Canadian Rockies. The tunnels were designed in a spiral shape to reduce the gradient of the tracks and make it easier for trains to climb the steep mountains. The tunnels were considered a major accomplishment of their time, and today they continue to be a popular tourist destination for those traveling through the Canadian Rockies.

Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park is a stunning body of water surrounded by towering mountains and lush forests. The area has a rich history dating back thousands of years, with indigenous peoples using the land for hunting, fishing, and gathering. In the late 1800s, European settlers began exploring the area and were struck by the natural beauty of Emerald Lake. Today, the lake is a popular tourist destination and a key feature of Yoho National Park, attracting thousands of visitors each year to enjoy its serene beauty and abundant recreational opportunities. Continue reading

Icefield Parkway

On our last full day in Jasper, we decided to take a drive south on the Icefield Parkway to witness the beauty of Athabasca Falls. a breathtaking natural wonder that draws thousands of visitors every year. With its powerful flow of water, the falls are truly a sight to behold.

The falls were named after the Athabasca River, which they are located on. The river, in turn, was named after the indigenous people who lived in the area. The Athabasca River was an important source of water for the indigenous people, who used it for fishing, hunting, and transportation.

The Athabasca Falls are approximately 23 meters (75 feet) tall and 10 meters (33 feet) wide. The flow of water is tremendous, with an average of 663 cubic meters (23,400 cubic feet) of water per second passing through the falls during the summer months.

As we approached the falls, the sound of rushing water grew louder and more intense. When we finally reached the falls, we were awestruck by the sheer power of the water as it tumbled over the cliff. After hiking around the falls we headed further south to explore the Athabasca Glacier Click on thumbnail to view image Continue reading

Pyramid Lake, Jasper Alberta

WE spent the morning in Jasper, walking around the picturesque mountain town which has something to offer for every traveler. We explored the town’s charming shops and stopped by an internet cafe to catch up on some emails. In the afternoon, we headed to Pyramid Lake, a stunning lake near Jasper that is surrounded by majestic mountains. The lake was formed during the last ice age, around 10,000 years ago, and has since become a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

We went for a hike along the lake, taking in its natural beauty and observing the local wildlife. Patty was so taken with the lake that she decided to return the next day for a paddleboarding session. During our hike, we were lucky enough to spot some baby fawns and saw some canoes out on the water.

To celebrate my 76th birthday, we went back to the Pyramid Lake Lodge for dinner. The lodge, which was built in the early 1930s as a fishing and hunting lodge, is nestled on the shores of the lake, offers stunning views and a cozy atmosphere. We enjoyed a delicious meal and raised a toast to another year of adventures. Click on thumbnail to view image Continue reading

Edith Cavell Meadows Hike and Jasper Park Lodge

The next morning we were back in Jasper National Park to tackle the Edith Cavell Meadow hike. It was highly recommended and we had a perfect day to get a close up look at the iconic  Mt. Edith Cavell.

The mountain was named for Edith Cavell, who was a British nurse working in Belgium during World War I. She helped over 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium and was subsequently arrested, court-martialed, and executed by the Germans in 1915.

The Edith Cavell Meadow hike is a moderate, 3.5-mile (5.6 km) round trip trail that leads to a beautiful subalpine meadow with a stunning view of the Angel Glacier and the surrounding peaks. The first part of the hike is a steady climb through open woods, but as you gain altitude, the trees start to thin out and the views become more spectacular. Continue reading

Valley of Five Lakes and Miette Hot Springs

We got up early again under clear blue skies and headed back to Jasper to do the highly recommended Valley of Five Lakes hike. The hike is a moderate to difficult trail that takes you through a picturesque valley with five stunning glacial lakes. The hike starts at the Valley of Five Lakes parking lot and follows a well-maintained trail through dense forests and over rocky terrain. The trail winds its way through the valley, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the sparkling lakes.

The hike passes by all five lakes, each with its own unique characteristics. The first lake, Annette Lake, is a small, serene lake surrounded by lush vegetation. The second lake, Edith Lake, is larger and has a beautiful sandy beach perfect for a picnic or a swim on a hot day. The third lake, Patricia Lake, is the largest of the five and is known for its crystal clear water and excellent fishing. The fourth lake, Katherine Lake, is a smaller lake that is often used for canoeing and kayaking. The fifth and final lake, Mary Lake, is a shallow lake that is surrounded by wildflowers in the season. Click on thumbnail to view image Continue reading

Maligne Lake and Gorge, Jasper AB

Our journey to Hinton from McBride took us past Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, which provided breathtaking views as we drove. Once we arrived at the Hinton/Jasper KOA RV Resort, we settled in for a seven-day stay. The resort, which is about 15 miles east of the park entrance is very nice and offers a variety of amenities, making it the perfect basecamp for exploring the surrounding area and scenic beauty of Jasper National Park.

The park was established in 1907, making it the oldest national park in the Canadian Rockies. The park covers an area of more than 11,000 square kilometers and is known for its rugged mountains, glaciers, lakes, and wildlife. The park’s history dates back to the last ice age, around 11,000 years ago, when glaciers carved the valleys and shaped the mountains. The park is also home to many natural hot springs, which have been used by Indigenous peoples for thousands of years. The park has a rich cultural history, with many Indigenous groups, including the Stoney and Cree, having lived in the area for thousands of years. In our opinion this is one of the most spectacular and scenic parks we have ever visited. Click on thumbnail to view image Continue reading

McBride, BC in the Robson Valley

On the drive from Quesnel to McBride we passed through Prince George before heading east into wide open country with growing mountains on either side as we passed through the Robson Valley. The Robson Valley is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including bears, wolves, and mountain goats. The valley is part of the Rocky Mountain Trench, which is one of the most important wildlife corridors in North America, connecting the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific coast.

McBride is a small town located in the Robson Valley region of British Columbia. The town of McBride was founded in 1913 as a railway stop for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The railway played an important role in the development of the town, and it remains a significant part of the local economy to this day. The town has a rich history, with many heritage buildings and and small restaurants to explore.We stayed at the NV Mountain Chalets RV Park east of McBride. Continue reading

Barkerville, BC

Our Alaska adventure was a trip of a lifetime, but it was time to head south to Quesnel, BC in search of more adventures. We checked in at the Roberts Roost RV Park in Quesnel then we went into town for dinner and to have a look around.

Quesnel is a small town in the central interior of British Columbia. It was founded in 1866 during the Cariboo Gold Rush. The city was named after the Quesnel River, which was named after a French-Canadian trapper, Jules Maurice Quesnel. Today, Quesnel is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with many opportunities for fishing, hunting, and camping in the surrounding area. It is also an overnight stop for the world famous Rocky Mountaineer trains northern route. Continue reading