Jasper- Winter 2016

Took the opportunity while things were slow at work in February to do a little exploring. Haven’t had the chance to visit Jasper National Park as much as Banff, Kootenay, or Yoho parks.

First stop, was catching the sunrise near Johnson Lake near Banff Townsite with some elk having their breakfast

Sunrise over the Three Sisters

Sunrise

Elk near Johnson Lake

It’s generally been a pretty mild winter this year – so no real need for my winter tires. Was really glad I had them though for the drive up the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93N). Loads of snow as soon as I turned off the Trans Canada. Awesome to take this route in the winter – no lines of tour buses or crazy hoards of people at the usual stops

Snow Covered Highway 93N

Icefields Parkway

Columbia Icefields

Ice Climber at Tangle Falls

Ice Climber

Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls

I stayed up at the Pyramid Lake Resort, just above the town of Jasper with hopes of clear skies and maybe an appearance of an aurora, but luck was not on my side. It did offer some great views.

Pyramid Mountain

Pyramid

Pyramid Island

Bridge

The next day I headed out to check out the sites along Maligne Lake Road. First stop, Medicine Lake. This lake turns into more of a river during the winter months.

Medicine Lake

Medicine Lake

Then it was up to Maligne Lake for a snowshoe…although the snowshoes weren’t really needed.

Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake

Last thing to do for the day was to go for an ice walk in Maligne Canyon. Be sure to check in on conditions with the info centre in town before heading into the canyon. The ice was definitely slushy and starting to thin. I parked up at the interpretive plaza and walked along the path until  I saw an access point in the fencing (someone had pulled back the chain link). At this point the path is closer to the canyon bottom than at the interpretive plaza. Definitely enter at your own risk! More info here. Flagging this as something to check out at night!

Ice on the Canyon Wall

Maligne Canyon Winter

Looking Up

Maligne Canyon

The next morning I checked out early to make my way down to Abraham Lake

 

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