There are so many animals along the corridor to Jasper. Every time I go I see bears, elk, goats, big horn sheep, and eagles. Seeing these graceful creatures reminds me how serene nature can be. Life tip: don’t go to close to a mama bear when she has cubs or a male elk during mating season.
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This time last year, we were on our first big adventure that Jasper took us on. •
Just a couple of weeks after loosing Jasper, feeling totally broken but not wanting to spend the summer at home, and feeling a bit reckless and not really caring about too much, I told Matt I wanted to blow some savings and go away. (I’d been saving for a ‘rainy day’ and it definitely was pouring with rain.) I half jokingly suggested Canada as we had always wanted to go. On looking for possible destinations in Canada where was the first place that popped up.....? Jasper National Park! So it was decided. We had to go. It was ‘Jasper Magic’.☺️⭐️💙
Less than two months since we lost our little boy, the pain still so raw, but it was the best thing we could have done and I feel so fortunate we were able to go. Of course there were sad moments and moments we felt we shouldn’t be there, but it was the first time since we lost Jasper that we hadn’t cried every single day. I also liked being ‘anonymous’. People wouldn’t know our story and while we love talking about Jasper, at the time, it was nice not to have to talk about what had happened all the time. We travelled from Calgary through Banff and Jasper National Parks then on to Vancouver and Victoria, spending several days in each location. It was just magical. The fact we felt that Jasper had taken us there made it that much more special and we saw such spectacular sights including a couple of black bear encounters. (It’s where the idea for Jasper bear came from.🐻💙⭐️)
It will always be a special place to us and we will be back one day without a doubt.
The Athabasca Glacier is one of the six principal 'toes' of the Columbia Icefield, located in the Canadian Rockies. The glacier currently recedes at a rate of about 5 metres (16 ft) per year and has receded more than 1.5 km (0.93 mi) and lost over half of its volume in the past 125 years.
We were so impressed by the Icefeilds Parkway scenery that we had to get out of the truck so we stopped at the trailhead for Wilcox Pass. The trail lead us through spruce forest into an alpine landscape. Along the way we had sweeping views of some of the glaciers that flank the Parkway. Parks Canada has a charming habit of placing red Adirondack chairs at stunning viewpoints in their parks and we happened upon a couple of these chairs after a long uphill stretch in the trail so we enjoyed the overlook and rested for a bit before continuing to the pass. We had packed lunch and were going to explore the far side of the mountain before returning but Mother Nature had her own plans. In true Canadian Rockies fashion, the weather turned from sunshine to hail, snow and rain within minutes so we booked it back down as soon as we hit the pass - it was a spectacular hike nonetheless! 👍 #northtoalaska2018#jaspernationalpark#canadianrockies
If you make it up to the Jasper/Banff area DRIVE THE ICEFIELDS PARKWAY!!! Seriously, write that on your bucket list now please. It's known as one of the most beautiful routes in North America and we wouldn't dare argue. It's right up there with the highways into Haines and Valdez in terms of jaw dropping scenery. Huge glaciers and glacial rivers, waterfalls, turquoise lakes, dramatic peaks and valleys. It's got it all. Holy cow this world has some amazing sights to see. #northtoalaska2018#icefieldsparkway#jaspernationalpark#banffnationalpark
Day 6 (07/18/18): Our camp was in Johnston Canyon the previous night so we chose to hike Johnston Canyon really quick in the morning before driving the Icefields Parkway.
The lower falls was only a half mile from the trailhead. This powerful cascade drains into a beautiful deep blue pool. A tunnel was constructed for visitors to get a closer look at the waterfall.
Up the trail we stumbled upon the fabled secret Johnston Cave. Often said to be in crowded, we were shocked to find it to actually be true after running into crowds the whole trip. Pictures hardly do this spot justice. The uniqueness of its elements were breathtaking.
We had to cut our time at the cave short to make it back to camp to check out in time. We packed up camp again and headed north on the Icefields Parkway.
Considered by many to be the most beautiful drive in the world, we quickly decided we couldn’t agree more. Several stops were made along the way including Bow Lake, Athabasca Glacier, and the Athabasca River. No matter where you stopped, no matter where you looked, the scenery was incredible.
It took us all day to complete our drive between Banff and Jasper. Our camp at Wabasso was home for the night.
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Jasper is and always has been such a special place for our family
James spent all his childhood summers here. We grew our relationship here - dating, engagement, marriage, and the name of our first born. And we continue to make new memories here every summer ⛰👨👩👧👦🐻 💚 #myjasper
Made it to the infamous Spirit Island 😍 Who would you choose to canoe 28km with? 🛶 @tourismjasper#tourismjasper
Thank you guys for 9k!! We're so close to 10,000 ❤️ lots of exciting things coming, including a MASSIVE giveaway!
@masonunrau and I started our canoe trip at midnight and got there near 4AM. We took a nap in the canoe for a cold hour, then proceeded to shoot blue hour till sunrise 😅 And don't even ask about the ride back 😴
Surprisingly, we were the only people there. Not a single being joined us for sunrise despite this gorgeous view...Except a black bear 🐾
When I started with landscape photography I never imagined myself on a 14 km one way canoe trip into the unknown. During school I had no interest in the nature and landscapes of our planet. I‘m glad I got the chance to find this interest soon after graduating from Highschool. The 21st century offers uncountable possibilities to travel the world and make a living out of it! Every time I wake up at a place like this i‘m just so thankful I get to experience all these adventures! ⛺️