Travel in Canada / Part 1
Canadian Rockies / Alberta
We had that wonderful travel one year ago. Let me tell you about that amazing far far west adventure!
We took 5 weeks of holidays (i know we are so spoiled in France). We arrived first in Calgary where we met with our hosts at the airport. As you may know, we are homeexchanger addicts. We exchanged keys and took their car towards Canmore. We had a wonderful stay just near Banff National Parc.
We made canoe, we hiked, we had wonderful picnic and saw a lot of wild life. For the sports ones, it’s a paradise. We had 2 kids, one of them a toddler, so we hiked a bit but not as much as we would have liked.
We had a road trip to Jasper.
Our first stop: Peyto Lake. Very easy little walk and very crowdy also to catch that view.
Just the most amazing road crossing Banff National park from banff to Jasper. You may see the Athabasca Glacier on the right picture. See how it melted a lot. Approaching from the Glacier you would see several of that marks to show us where the glacier was at a particular time. There are a lot of ecological explanations there but what shocked us was to see a lot of big buses riding around on the glacier full of tourist. I mean WTF! How can you explain people big ecological issues about glacier melting and take money od tourist ride on the very glacier??? Well i stop here complaining and go on with the magic. This Athabasca Glacier is a part of Columbia icefield Glacier: 325km2. Amazing isn’t it?
This dreamy road took us to Jasper National Park. This park is even wilder and that’s where we saw a lot of animals.
Jasper is a little city where it’s very hard and expensive to sleep. You may try b&b but be aware to make a reservation early enough. There are several campgrouds. That could be a very nice option (beware of teddy bears!).
A few tips to see wild life:
- just wake up very early, very very early
- drive slowly
- watch, observe very carefully
- animals often can be seen drinking near water point
We saw several bears, gauphers, wapitis, wild sheeps, mountain goats.
To be continued…