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
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
Ice Climber at Tangle 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.
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.
Then it was up to Maligne Lake for a snowshoe…although the snowshoes weren’t really needed.
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
The next morning I checked out early to make my way down to Abraham Lake