Jasper National Park, Canada

Bordering Banff, are two other beautiful Canadian national parks. First, Jasper National Park.

Catching the sunrise somewhere on the way to the park

Catching the sunrise somewhere on the way to the park

Beautiful and crisp sunrise

Beautiful and crisp sunrise

If you want to do a boat tour, you can take the tour on Maligne lake to Spirit Island. It’s the only way to reach the island. It’s a peaceful place that you have to share with only 40 or 80 fellow tourists :)

Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake

Spirit Island

Spirit Island

Jasper Skytram takes you to the top of a mountain where a layer of snow was already covering the ground.

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View from the top

View from the top

Fall on the ground

Fall on the ground

Winter on top

Winter on top

We spent some time around the Athabasca glacier. The hike to the glacier does not get you close enough to the ice. They blame the unpredictability of the glacier ice. Don’t know, in Alaska they don’t have that problem ;)

A short hike from the parking lot, leads to an area near the glacier.

A short hike from the parking lot, leads to an area near the glacier.

I think the real reason, for not letting people walk up to the glacier is to encourage them to buy tickets for the bus tour, but I may be wrong of course. The tour to the Athabasca glacier was surprisingly fun. They load you on these huge ice buses and drive to the middle of the glacier where you get out and walk on the ice for a few minutes. The road there is like a roller coaster. The bus very slowly goes down a 34 degree slope which in real life looks more like 90.

The slope down looked terrifying

The slope down looked terrifying

Huge busses

Huge busses

There are red chairs like these all around the parks in the most scenic places

There are red chairs like these all around the parks in the most scenic places

Just a bus on a glacier

Just a bus on a glacier

After the glacier they drop you at the Skywalk – a glass bottom bridge over a canyon. It’s not for those with fear of heights.

Pretty deep

Pretty deep

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Yoho National Park coming soon!

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