Jasper to Edmonton and on to Miquelon Provincial Park


Jasper is a great little town all nestled in the Rockies.  It finally stopped raining and we had a great couple of days there.  We stayed at the Jasper/ Whistler Campground just a bit out of town.  It is a huge campground and we all stayed mostly in one loop making it nice for our happy hours.


One of the great benefits of staying here is the many elk we saw close up.  We were told that they stay in the park with their young to keep away from the bears.  The pictures were great of the elk close up.




The second day we were in Jasper it stopped raining and turned out to be a beautiful day.  I took a few pics in the town.




We enjoyed ourselves visiting all the quaint little shops in Jasper and we finally were able to use the Internet at the Visitor’s Center.  I wish I had Wi-Fi at each campground as it would be so much easier to keep up with my posts, but unfortunately that is not the case.  Sometimes we would not have any Wi-Fi for several days.

Beaver Boardwalk

After Jasper and on our way to Edmonton in the town of Hinton we stopped at the Beaver Boardwalk.  There is a boardwalk that winds through the wetlands and is the home to many beavers.  We didn’t see any beavers but saw evidence of their dams everywhere.




It had just started to rain so the pics are a bit dark.

Edmonton and the huge Edmonton Mall

We made it to Edmonton and camped at the Glowing Embers RV Park, which is a huge campground about 8 miles from the mall.  It was the biggest campground I have ever stayed in with over 700 sites.  Many of the sites were occupied by permanent residents and there were RV’s of all shapes and sizes.  They had Wi-Fi but to get  a highspeed connection you had to use the arcade next to their office.

We were there 2 nights and on the first full day many of us visited the Edmonton Mall, which is supposed to be one of the biggest mall in the world.  Big is not a good name to describe it.  HUGE is much better.  We only were in about 1/3 of the mall and we saw many things you would never find in a mall.

There was a huge children’s play area.


A gigantic pirate ship.


A indoor swimming area complete with huge water slides.


then there was the full size hockey/skating rink.


Victoria Settlement

After leaving Edmonton our journey headed for the “Iron Horse Trail”.  We stopped at a small settlement know as the Victoria Settlement.  We were given a great tour of the entire settlement by a student guide.  She told us many of the details of how life existed when the settlement was first formed.

We started by watching a short video in a church that was built in 1906 about life in the settlement.


then she took us on a very informative walk around the entire settlement.


This is the clerk’s quarters built in 1864 and still standing in it’s original spot.


The tour lasted 2 hours and then it was on to Whitney Lake Provincial Park.  This was bear country and it we opted not to use the electricity as it was only a one night stay.  One thing I may have forgotten to mention is that it stays light until 10:00pm.  That was very hard to get used to.  This is a pic of my site.


Miquelon Provincial Park

The following day we drove 186 miles to the Miquelon Provincial Park where we had a group site for all of us.  They had an nice room indoors where we all participated in a great potluck dinner.  It was a good thing we were indoors as a huge thunderstorm hit the area at the same time.




We all had a great time and stayed nice and dry, but we had to make mad dashes to our rigs it was raining so hard.

Lake Louise on to Jasper

Lake Louise

After our stay in Banff we made the short trip over to Lake Louise.  It is only 36 miles from Banff to Lake Louise so it was going to be a short driving day.  That was fortunate as it looked like the weather was going to go bad on us at any time.  We decided to take a side trip to Lake Moraine.  It is a small lake very close to Lake Louise.  This is the scenery on the way.



Lake Moraine is a beautiful little mountain lake among all the high peaks.  It was quite a drive up there and I found it difficult to park as there were so many RV’s.  But with the help of John I was able to finagle into a spot and then we made the short hike down to the lake.  There were a lot of people visiting there including several bus tours.


It was still partially frozen although I would not think it wise to walk on it.



Then it was on to Lake Louise.  We drove to the Lake Louise Chateau where I had stayed many years ago on a ski trip.  It was just like I remembered.  Unfortunately it was very cold and raining so took these pics from inside the hotel to keep the camera dry.  When I was there last I couldn’t see the peak of the mountains surrounding the lake and it wasn’t any different this time.



Here is a pic of yours truly standing where the river meets the lake.


And here is the camp site where I spent the night.  Our entire group was parked further back in the campgrounds, but the ranger made us move because it was a pathway for the bears in the area.


On to Jasper

The next day it was off on a 144 mile trip to Jasper.  It rained the entire time we were driving.  What a bummer as I know we missed some great scenery of the mountains as we drove.  We did stop at this pullout to take a few pics and this pretty much shows what we were able to see the entire trip.


Then we stopped at the Bridal Veil Falls to take some more pics.


Linda saw a man coming out of the woods who mentioned some other falls not to far away.  So off we went to get some pics.  The water was roaring down the side of the mountain.



Then the water dropped down the cliff to the river below.  I was able to get this pic from the edge of the cliff.  Too bad I couldn’t get a pic of the water fall going over the cliff.


I took this pic out of the window at about 8,800’ elevation.  There was a huge grade we had to climb to get to this spot.  That is John and Linda in front.


Columbia Icefields

Then we made a quick stop at the Columbia Glacier.  I remember the pics my father took when they visited here many years ago.  This is the bus that can take you onto the glacier.  It had huge tires.  We were able to see a bus way up on the glacier.


Sunwapta Falls

Our last stop before reaching Jasper was at the Sunwapta Falls.  That was really spectacular.  The pics do not really do it justice as you really need to be there to see the power of the river.




I haven’t been able to post as often as I would like, but Wi-Fi up here is either poor or non existent.  The park I stayed at for this post was extremely slow until you walked up to a room next to the office.  So I will do the best I can when WiFi is available.  My other excuse is that I are just busy doing things or sightseeing.  Sorry!