Rockies Roadtrip Part 2- Jasper

Yesterday, I shared photos from the first leg of my Rockies Roadtrip covering Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise. Part 2 is my long and adventurous leg through Jasper.

After experiencing Lake Louise I headed to Jasper. I have only been through that park once as a child. Within 10 minutes of driving through the park gates it began to snow! So of course I had to pull over and snap a few photos!

Had to pull over and snap photos when it started snowing. (Little did I know this was just the beginning)

Had to pull over and snap photos when it started snowing. (Little did I know this was just the beginning)

selfie in the snow!

selfie in the snow!

It took me a long time to get through Jasper, not only because the speed limit is 50-60 km/hour for a good portion of it, but because there are so many road side stops with stunning scenery. I pulled over probably once every 30 minutes!

Had to pull over for a shot of Crowsfoot Glacier- the first glacier I've ever seen!

Had to pull over for a shot of Crowsfoot Glacier- the first glacier I’ve ever seen!

The best were my pee breaks where I ventured out a little, away from the road.

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To think most people stop to pee in dirty gas station bathrooms

Amazing turquoise water

Amazing turquoise water

One amazing hidden discovery was when I pulled over to check out Bridal Veil Falls.

All the scenic views had a quaint roadside sign like this one.

All the scenic views had a quaint roadside sign like this one.

I ventured into the woods (with a little snow on the ground) for a pee break.

Off I go- into the woods!

Off I go- into the woods!

There I found an amazing river that webbed it’s way through several stone canyons only to have a super steep drop off at the end.

You can't see the river at first, but you can hear it.

You can’t see the river at first, but you can hear it.

Looking into the rock

Looking into the rock

Beautiful little waterfall

Beautiful little waterfall

I did have one hiccup where I got a speeding ticket right before I hit the Athabasca Glacier (I’ll post on it later). But the officer was nice and gave me the minimum amount he could so I was grateful.

There was so much snow in Jasper!! It would lightly snow in spurts and the amount of snow on the mountains and roadsides varied as I weaved my way through the park.

Lots of snow covered mountains

Lots of snow covered mountains

Not a bad spot to be pulled over I guess.

Not a bad spot to be pulled over I guess.

I was bummed that I didn’t hit the town of Jasper until about 4:30. It was getting dark, I was hungry and just wanted to reach my destination at this point. I had hoped to have the time to ride the Jasper Tramway. Oh well, hopefully next time.

A large bull elk on my way out of Jasper

A large bull elk on my way out of Jasper

All in all, it was a great trip. I don’t regret adding on almost 4 hours to my drive in order to experience this part of my beautiful province at all.  Like the Dixie Chicks song goes, “I found my way, taking the long way around.”

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9 Comments

  • Pankaj Jyoti Barua October 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Spectacular shots…Nature truly at its best once again…Thanks for sharing…

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    • Betty LIVIN October 9, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you for the kind words!! 🙂

      Reply
  • jannywan October 9, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Gorgeous! Love it.

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    • Betty LIVIN October 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks! It is such an amazing part of the world!

      Reply
  • TorontoGirlWest (@torontogirlwest) October 10, 2013 at 12:13 am

    We used to live in the Kootenays so we spent a lot of time in the Parks! Somehow though, I never made it to Jasper! One of these days I’ll have to go back! 🙂

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    • Betty LIVIN October 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

      You definitely should! Jasper is so untouched and there are way less people I noticed too. So gorgeous!

      Reply
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