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Day 17

Jasper, Alberta, Canada

rain 7 °C

Dinner tonight was in the Moose’s Nook at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Ross ate venison and I had striploin, both being very nice.

The day started just as nicely. After a restless night’s sleep as usual, we were up and away by 8.15 am. Grabbed a cup of tea from Tim Horton’s and headed west towards Kamloops. It was a great 4 lane freeway but dry once again. Once we reached Kamloops we were able to head north. The drive was stunning as we were soon among the high, pine tree covered mountains. In one spot, there was a good example of sustainable forestry. The water in the creeks and rivers was many shades of blue and green.

It took some time until we finally started to see fresh snow on the mountain tops. The vistas were numerous and it is difficult to take good photos at speed!!

We stopped for several breaks, one being at Mt Robson, the highest point in the Rockies. However, the mountain was very uncooperative and hid behind the clouds. We had come through some heavy rain so we were lucky to see what we did.

After travelling around 450 miles we arrived in Jasper about 4.45pm. We were concerned about finding accommodation as we had checked on the net last night only to find so many places fully booked. Every place we went to had “no vacancy”. We were almost convinced that we would have to drive another hour east to Hinton to find a place to sleep. We were lucky that a young lad pointed out where the Fairmont Jasper was on the map he gave us and as it was on the way to Hinton, we called in. We could not believe our luck. We have actually booked in for two nights.

So after visiting the golf pro shop for Ross to book a game of golf tomorrow, we headed for dinner. And that brings me to where we started. Let’s hope we have lovely weather tomorrow.

Posted by gpric6 21:52 Archived in Canada

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