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Our First Day at Jasper National Park

Monday, August 6, 2007

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Beautiful morning so I walk over to the Mt Robson café for some cinnamon buns and to get some pictures of Mt Robson with blue skies and very few clouds. A gorgeous mountain and the tallest one in the Canadian Rockies.
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After breakfast we pack up and head to Jasper National Park. Our first stop is about a mile down the road at the Overlander Waterfalls. It’s a short ½ mile walk to the falls—beautiful morning for a walk.
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One other stop along the way:
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Then we’re back on the road for the Whistler Campground in Jasper National Park. We wait in line for our campsite. We think it’s a long wait, but later in the day we will see that this is a short wait (around 3pm, the line consists of 50+ campers waiting to get a campsite). There are around 700 campsites here.
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It takes us an hour to unhitch our 5th wheel! We had this problem the other day also, where we couldn’t get the hitch to open. Today we realize that the one leg of the 5th wheel is not working correctly, which is causing the 5th wheel to be slanted and then the hitch gets bound up. So we figure out how to fix the 5th wheel leg and then the hitch easily disconnects. We’re just really glad that we could fix the 5th wheel leg with the tools we have on hand.
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After having a quick lunch we head out to see the area. Our first stop is at the Jasper National Park visitor center in the town of Jasper. As we pull into town we spot a herd of elk in the park beside the road. So we pull into the parking lot to take pictures and the herd decides to move down the street—right down the center of the main street! What a sight.
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After a quick stop at the visitor center to get a map and list of trails
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we head back to the campground to grab a snack before our hike back to Angel Glacier. When we get to the road that leads to the campground, we cannot get through. Both lanes of the road into the campground are packed solid with campers to the intersection. There must be about 50 campers waiting to get in. We end up driving up the road and park at the edge of the campground so Joe & I can walk back to the trailer to grab some food for our picnic.

We drive the old Jasper highway towards Angel Glacier.
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Our major stop this afternoon is at the Angel Glacier. We have a picnic dinner and then do the 2-mile loop to see the three glaciers in the area. The biggest glacier is the Angel Glacier, but there is also a glacier at the base of the mountain that calves icebergs into the lake. Very nice hike. Great scenery.
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We pass a beautiful blue glacial lake on the road to/from Angel Glacier, but there aren't any pulloffs to get a good pic, but here is a partial view of the lake:
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Our other major stop is at the Athabasca Waterfalls. We take the walk around the waterfall area. The area is pretty much empty since it's getting late. No tourist buses or crowds in the evening.
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We drive back to the campsite and relax for the remainder of the evening. The campsite is really nice—large with lots of trees and very private.

Posted by jengelman 13:37 Archived in Canada Tagged family_travel

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Hi from downunder,
what great shots having never been to Canada they really show what it is like. Could I ask how much does it cost to use the camp grounds in Canada I guess it is much cheaper than the hotels so it would be cheaper to hire a camper van and travel around than to hotel it.
regards Marion

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