Big Hill Springs Provincial Park

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Wanting to see want was around our new community, the closest hike we found online was Big Hill Springs Provincial Park.  Only a few minutes west of our home, we headed out after dinner to check it out.

The boys had no interest in going for a hike, however were excited to get their cameras and go take some pictures.

The drive is past farms, with no sign of trees, until you turn off into a little valley, with one side covered in trees.  The location creates an interesting diversity, grasslands, evergreen and deciduous forests.  The tufa deposits is one of the main attractions of this park.

We saw a few deer in the valley on the way in, and the odd bird in the park.

 

 

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Canmore for Dinner!

16 07 Canmore Alberta

After living away from the mountains so long, it is amazing to be near them again.  With our new home mostly in order from the move we picked up the boys  and headed to Canmore for dinner.  Scoping out the mountain biking options, and just enjoying the fact that there is so much amazing now so close to our home.

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Pyramid Lake, Jasper

Swimming and playing at the beach

Swimming and playing at the beach

With the last day being a travel day, we headed to Pyramid lake, so the boys could play, and we could all have lunch, and enjoy being here for a little longer before heading home.  It is a nice spot, and close to

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Lac Beauvert, Jasper

View from the parking lot

View from the parking lot

The next day we wanted to explore, but still avoid any big hikes.  We decided to go to Lac Beauvert, I set up a lawn chair and the boys put their swimsuits on.  when I woke up I heard they had a good time.

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Athabasca Glacier, Jasper

View from the visitor centre

View from the visitor centre

Since Beauty creek wasn’t too far away from the visitors centre, we drove down to check it out.  They do have an exhibit, but it was being redone.  The boys had fun, and the icefields parkway is always an amazing drive.

Getting a picture of the Glacier

Getting a picture of the Glacier

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Wildlife on the drive back to the campsite.

Wildlife on the drive back to the campsite.

With all these stops crammed into one day, it was time to head back to the campsite.

 

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Beauty Creek, Jasper

Beauty Creek

Beauty Creek

A hike I had over look, we ended up hiking beauty creek.  This trail was amazing and with few people nice and quiet.  I can’t really say much more, it was amazing.

 

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Maligne Lake, Jasper

Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake is always a beautiful place to stop for a walk.  We say a deer here (this time it didn’t charge).

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Medicine Lake, Jasper

Medicine Lake Viewpoint

Medicine Lake Viewpoint

The road to Maligne Lake had reopened, so we drove up to take a look.  The burnt forest was visible around the Medicine Lake turn off.

Aftermath of the recent forest fires. Medicine Lake, Jasper, Alberta, Canada.

Aftermath of the recent forest fires.

Aftermath of the forest fire.

Aftermath of the forest fire.

Even with all the burnt trees, it is still a beautiful area.

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Long Weekend In Jasper

Whistlers Campground

Whistlers Campground

We have spent lots of time in the Rockies since moving to Alberta, but not much in the Icefields Parkway, and not enough in Jasper.  This summer we planned to fix this.

With forest fires burning in the park we delayed booking a campsite, and with the wait we could only get a reservation for the first night.  With the park halfway between our house and my sisters, we would meet on friday night and figure it out from there.

We stayed at Whistlers Campground, beside the washrooms with the playground behind our site.  The boys loved it.  We also had an Elk wandering around.

The next morning we managed to get a site at Wapiti, so we decided to head over, set up and start exploring.

River was behind our site at Wapiti Campground

River was behind our site at Wapiti Campground

 

Exploring by the River

Exploring by the River

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Stacking Rocks

Stacking Rocks

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Watching the Raft's behind our Campsite

Watching the Raft’s behind our Campsite

After setting up camp, and looking around we left to start exploring the park.  Stopping at the gate we manage to get a site for our last night as well.

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