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Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

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It’s a cloudy morning for our drive to Maligne Lake. The drive is okay, but would probably be a lot prettier on a sunny day. Anyhow.... the highlight is the big horn sheep that are walking beside (and on) the road. They are very tame. I'm guessing some tourists must feed them, but no one feeds them today.
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As we pull into the parking lot at Maligne Lake we spot a deer. I think it's a mule deer because of it's really long ears, but Jere says it's a white tail. Maybe it's a hybrid :-)
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We want to canoe or kayak on the lake, so we stop in at the historic Maligne Lake boat house.
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They do not have any single kayaks left, so after looking at the waves on the lake, we decide that I should stay on the stationery land while Jere and Joe kayak in a 2-man kayak. They kayak for almost two hours – it starts to rain so they decide to keep it short. I stroll around the lake and do some bird watching while they kayak.
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We see more big horn sheep on the drive back.
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It rains off and on for the drive, but fortunately the rain stops when we stop to take our hike down the Maligne Canyon. The canyon is very pretty, but hard to take photographs since it is very narrow and very deep, with a roaring creek at the bottom. The walk takes about two hours and gives us a workout when we return to the top of the canyon.
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We return to the campground for dinner and then walk around the very large campground after dinner.

Posted by jengelman 13:42 Archived in Canada Tagged family_travel

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