Jasper, Alberta, Canada
18.09.2011 - 18.09.2011 9 °C
The morning started well with a visit to Robertson’s, the local grocery shop in Banff. This was so we could have a picnic lunch on our way to Maligne Lake. Our first stop was Maligne Canyon. It was quite an impressive sight. The water flowing through Maligne Canyon feeds in from Medicine Lake. We saw that there was a trail walk for 40 minutes. We figured that that was doable so we headed off. The sights along the canyon were impressive. However we seemed to walk and walk and walk. I was of the impression we were to be on a loop trail. This was soon disproved when we discovered we had 1.9 km to walk back. Unfortunately that trail diagrams show the path flat and do not indicate that it actually goes through an elevation of around 400 feet. We headed off following tags on trees. This path took us a hill built for mountain goats. I actually thought I was going to have a coronary and was hoping the mobile would work to call a helicopter in. Once we reached the top of our climb, the view was impressive and we did eventually arrive back at the car park … 2 hours after we left and no bear sightings!!
Now I believe we have discovered a new term in photography – squirrel photography. This is where you try in earnest to photograph these cute little guys. We have tried to capture one ever since we were in Juneau. So we have lots of photos of bushes! However we did have success today after a great deal of patience.
Once I recovered from my trail workout, we had lunch in the car park and headed off to Medicine Lake. The Indians called it Big Magic Lake and hence the name today, Medicine Lake. This is because the lake will be dry by the end of October, and will fill again during the thaw. Scientists solved the mystery and they now know that the water feeds underground to the Maligne Canyon, leaving the lake draining and just a trickle for Fall and Winter .
Maligne Lake was at the end of our magical mystery tour for today. It was a beautiful sight and has facilities for boating. It was certainly worth the drive, even though it was about 5° outside.
Now the trip back was a bit rushed as Ross had booked in for golf at 3.30. Dress code prevailed so we had to rush to the room and get changed. On arrival at the clubhouse we found all the details we had given them the day before had disappeared. As we were slightly late, this was very annoying. Anyway all was good and we headed off in a buggy with two other Canadians – temperature 9 °C. Yes I went to golf as I was conned into believing I might see a moose or a caribou. Not so. We did see Canadian geese and a squirrel. I acted as the chief photographer. The mountain views from the various tees were spectacular. Some snow caps were visible but many were bare rock. We had a wonderful afternoon until it started to rain. We could see showers of snow hitting the peaks above us. Ross managed to complete 17 holes but we were just too cold to complete 18 and it was 7.15pm!! Well worth the game for the golf buff.
Following golf, we had a quick shower to warm up and then headed off for dinner at the casual restaurant, where we tucked into a lovely steak. The young girl who served us was delightful and it was certainly a pleasure to tip her. She went out of her way to find the wine I had enjoyed the night before. There was still light rain falling and it was very nippy.
We loved Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and would have been happy to stay there and relax a little more. I would recommend it to others.