Canmore for Dinner!

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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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15 07 P3 Lac Beauvert Jasper National Park

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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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15 07 P4 Athabasca Glacier Jasper National Park

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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15 07 P4 Wapiti Campground Jasper Alberta Canada

 

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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Atlas Coal Mine

Museum Houses

Museum Houses 

I had seen the Atlas Coal Mine on tv and wanted to check it out.  On arrival C really wanted to go on a tour, which was a huge change from last year, were he begged not to.

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With the tour we would get to go inside the old mine buildings.

Riding in the Electric Mining Cars

Riding in the Electric Mining Cars

We met up for the tour, the adults got old belts with a battery to power the headlamps on their hard hats.  The boys got a lighter and modern hard hat.

Ready for their tour

Ready for their tour

Up, Up, Up

Up, Up, Up

View from the Top

View from the Top

The tour was great, walking up beside the belt to a mine opening, lots of great and interesting information.  We got to check out the blacksmith’s shop (which is always interesting), and the boys loved it!

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A great stop, and as they are always working on the site I am sure we will be back.

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Weekend In Drumheller

Boys running to explore the Badlands

Boys running to explore the Badlands in Horse Thief Canyon

With no vacation time, we planned weekend trips.  As we headed for Drumheller a storm warning was issued, we decided to go anyway, thinking this would make it quieter (Not So).

Arriving there, it was busy, most the local campgrounds were full, we drove to a small campground, Bleriot Ferry.  The storm hit as we left drumheller to drop the trailer at the campground, crazy hard rain that only lasted 10 or so minutes.  With lots of camping in the grass, we choose to camp in the trees by the river, a little more crowded, but a lot nicer and more protected.  This proved to be a huge win, as the rain brought a couple mosquitoes where we were, and swarms in the fields that made up the other sites.

While camping a heavily modified Boler showed up, the lower front extended, which kept a roll out kitchen, and the lower back extended adding storage.  A unique and amazing trailer (Regrettably I forgot to get pictures).

With the trailer set up we headed into to town for dinner and to discuss what we wanted to see this weekend.  Since other trips we had focused on the Royal Tyrrell Museum, and Dinosaur Provincial Park, this trip we wanted to focus on the other attractions.

This area always struck me as odd, you can be driving along, farmers fields for as far as you can see, then the badlands just appear, huge, but unlike mountains, these huge areas are below, and hidden as you approach.

Cactus in the Badlands

Cactus in the Badlands

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After dinner we stopped by Horsethief Canyon on the way back to camp (picture at the top of this post).

Walking the Hoodoos

Walking the Hoodoos

The next day we checked out the Hoodoos on the way to the mine (I plan to make the mine my next post).

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