After an Alaskan cruise, our two ladies, Sharyn and Sharon discover Vancouver, Victoria and begin their journey to the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada.
“By the third day it was time to board our VIA Rail train and head to the Canadian Rockies. From the domed seating area above the sleeping cabins the scenery was spectacular en route to Jasper.
In Jasper, Alberta our home was the Mount Robson Inn (www.mountrobsoninn.com; 1 800 587 3327 toll free) which came highly recommended by AAA — and now by us as well! It is a delightful motel-style inn perfectly located close to rail and all the special charms which Jasper holds. The inn abounds with courteous, helpful staff that went out of their way to assist each guest. Our room was spacious and well-appointed (and yes, with free WiFi) – perfect for both summer visitors and winter skiers.
The next morning we picked up our rental car and also a GyPSy guidance system which provided terrific commentary and history about our surroundings while suggesting possible new adventures. We followed the talking guide and explored Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake. Now it would be hard to imagine visiting this part of the world and not see these stunning places. Water thundered down from melting glaciers through majestic forests, seemingly splitting open the earth in crags and crevices before becoming part of a still, silent deep blue lake. We’ve seen a lot of mountains and rushing rivers, but nothing quite like this. Here is a short view of Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake:
Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake
After a delicious dinner in one of Jasper’s many fine restaurants and a comfy rest in the Mount Robson Inn, the following day we headed off along the famous Icefields Parkway. Our trusty GyPSy Guide suggested a detour via route 93A, part of the old highway. We took the advice and headed for Mount Edith Cavell (named in honor of the WWII British nurse who saved the lives of many Allied military personnel at her hospital in Belgium at the cost of her own life).
Here Sharyn (hailing from Sydney, Australia) was especially happy for a healthy Aussie-type bush walk and there were many tempting choices of footpaths. The first half of our hike was to a lookout over both the glacier and lake. Sharyn observed the path’s upward first half will provoke a bit of a rise in one’s heart rate, but is quite manageable for all but the seriously unfit. The second half, down to the lake, is a case of picking one’s way among small rocks, so good walking shoes are needed.
Mount Edith Cavell views
Stay tuned for the part 2 of this Travel Adventures series in Jasper National Park, Alberta and Banff National Park.