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Jun 18, 2017 - Grande Cache - Pierre Grey Provincial Park

Sunday, June 18 Left Banff heading for the Icefields Parkway. We stopped at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center for the view and a bite of lunch. Harry and Jackie took the Overlook tour. Our destination was Pierre Grey’s Lakes Provincial Recreation Area, a beautiful wooded campground on a quiet fishing lake. The lake is stocked with trout, but the boys didn’t have the right lures and trolling with the canoe was difficult….burgers for dinner! The novelty of later and later sunset was not getting old. Tonight’s sunset was 10:31pm MDT. ...

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Jun 17, 2017 - Canmore, AL to Jasper National Park to Hinton

When I went to bed at 10 last night, it was still light outside. At 4:30 am, it was starting to get light out. About 6:45 am, we headed out toward Banff and drove up to Route 93 which is the Icefields Parkway. A few times today, we passed Avalanche Warning signs. At one point near the beginning of 93, we were at elevation 1715, and realized that this is in meters, not feet… Eventually, we reached a high of 2073 meters just before the Columbia Ice Fields. Some of the mountains there, were 3700 meters. I think that was just before we entered...

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Aug 18, 2016 - Columbia Ice Field

We took the scenic Icefields Parkway to the Icefields center and Columbia glacier - it took just about 2 hours as we were told - not so much traffic on the road at noon. When we got to the Icefields it was a zoo. The parking lot was full, the line for the bus onto the glacier was long and we saw the new skyway as we drove in - it looks onto the valley and not onto the glaciers. So we opted for the movie - it was really bad - no narration. We took photos, checked out the RV parking and that was about it. The glacier has receded and I want to...

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Aug 17, 2016 - Jasper Sky Tram

Today we drove to the sky tram for a view from above. The sky was clear and it was very busy, were told there was a 1 hour wait. Then there was a power outage and we were delayed 20 minutes more - but it was worth it. As the tram came to the station Ray went inside to see the cables and gears that run it - I just saw a little of it at the end, quite a system. The ride was about 3000' to the top and we had a good narration on the way up pointing out mountains and some history. At the top we walked up the hill to see a good view of the town...

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Aug 16, 2016 - Maligne Lake

It's cloudy and rainy but we decided to try the park anyway and took the long drive into Jasper park. Got our passes that are good through August 2018. Decided to go on the lake cruise - the opening they had was 4:15 but we took it anyway. We took a long drive that was very scenic to the lake, didn't have time to stop at the canyon as we were unsure how long to the lake. When we got there we were able to get onto the 3 PM cruise which is much better. The sky was clearing and we only experienced rain on the way back. What a great tour - the...

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Aug 15, 2016 - Hinton KOA

We made it to our campground with no incidents, good divided highway the whole way. The Dezl doesn't have the KOA in it's data base and good thing we didn't try to follow it. I decided to get some KFC as we passed one as we got into town, big disappointment. Only original, chicken breasts are extra and half the size they should be. The campground is supposed to have Internet - it's out except at the office and laundry room, lightning storms. That's the line we used to hear at campgrounds. The ATT cell phone does work however. The people...

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Jul 9, 2016 - Hinton/Jasper KOA

Just a short 1 hour drive from Jasper to Hinton, Alberta. Seeing the grizzly and elk was unexpected but a welcome sight. Stayed at the Hinton/Jasper KOA. We stayed here 2 years ago on our way to Alaska. Very nice campground. A whole lot busier than our last visit. Got caught up on some laundry and a new propane tank. Ours is expired and can't be refilled, (did get 15 years out of it though). We're here for a couple of days then off to Clearwater, BC.

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Jun 4, 2016 - Pierre Grey's Provential Park, Aberta Canada

Today was an easy drive to Pierre Grey’s Lakes Provential Park AB. The elk blocked our exit from Whistler campground and we saw mountain sheep and deer on th drive. Finally we had a campfire and I roasted hotdogs and played an international version of Groundies at the playground. Dad had a hard time getting backed into our campsite and some “locals” had to help him. We had an elk bugle as our wake up call this morning at about 0500. We are uncertain if it was a confused elk (we thought they only bugled in the fall) or an early rising human...

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May 17, 2016 - Day 1 - Time to burn some Gas

Tuesday - May 17 Well, the day has finally come when we leave on our Cross Canada Adventures. Of course, we decided, if we get a bit heated in our conversations, we will Just pull over and park. - Rule # 23 We were up by 05:30 and left Prince George at 08:00 am, with out walking our Lil' buddy Joe.. It was Sunny out and high cirrus clouds, not a dull looking day at all!! Joe was getting restless by the time we hit McBride, so we stopped and had a walk about, and Joe was happy. We saw two small bears along the way, and then, we saw a couple...

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Jul 19, 2015 - Day 5 Banff to Hinton

Left Banff @ 9:30, headed to Jasper along Icefields Highway. Dramatic Rockies surrounding us as we make our way to Bow Lake and Bow Glacier and the Columbia Icefields. Snacked in Jasper AB, a nice small town with a large rail yard. In general, lots of train traffic in this part of Canada. Herd of Mt. Sheep spotted resting on high rocks by roadway. Later stopped to photograph two majestic bull elk in velvet napping just off shoulder of road. Very exciting seeing these wild animals up close. Staying in Hinton, AB tonight, will be heading to...

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Jul 7, 2014 - Day 20 Jasper National Park

Since our campground was a little more west than we wanted, today we drove back east about 45 miles to Jasper National Park and rode the skytram to almost the summit of Whistler's mountain. As you can see from some of the pictures, you could finish the climb on foot, but we chose to stay where the skycam ended. Still snow on the ground where we were, but not for long as the sun was quite warm. We've been blessed with gorgeous weather for everything we've wanted to see and the pictures we've taken are proof of that. After driving in the park...

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Jul 7, 2014 - Jasper/Hinton, AB

The drive from Lake Louise up to Jasper on the Icefields Parkway was just awesome. The scenery is just something else. We saw elk and a black bear as well as more mountain sheep. We stopped at, and did the "Glacier Skywalk". That was a thrill if you love heights. Sue managed not to lose her cookies!

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