An easy drive from Okotoks to Banff, directly north, then CA1 west. When we drove into the park, paying appeared optional, one lane to buy a pass and the other to drive through, we chose the latter.
We had picked 3 options for camping, the first down a road that was parallel to the main thoroughfare, 93A was closed, but we went to check anyway
So glad we did, this was our first bear sighting!!
There were actually 2 of them, and we were just standing there watching them, bear spray in the coach down the road
Nice drive through the park which is very well sign posted and beautiful views
As it was getting late we decided to jump to option 3 at the Lake Louise Overflow parking, which is 1 mile away from Lake Louise town. It’s just a parking lot, but it works
So many people have class c’s and rentals, so they have to come in when they’ve finishing touring around, unlike us, who can park and then take the car. 75% of the vehicles here were rentals
So we drove over to see the stunning Lake Louise. We were hoping to see the view from the other side of the lake which captures The Fairmont Hotel but that would have been a hike, no roads go round the lake
Next stop, which was only a 10 mile drive away was Lake Moraine and it’s aqua blue water
June and it snowed.
Woke up the following morning to this
Our neighbor Jerry borrowed out ladder and squeegee to clean the snow off his slide toppers and then he did ours also. We tried to stop him, but he insisted.
We started out the next day and 5 miles up the road we entered Jasper National Park. (where we paid the fee)
We started the day with our first bear sighting. When you see a few cars stopped in the middle of the road, you know there’s something to see. This was a grizzly with her cub
And look how close we were again, and bear spray still back in the coach.
20 minutes later, another “bear jam” and this one is up a tree
When we turned the corner and saw this amazing sight we both gasped
The Saskatchewan River Valley and the road we were driving
Incredible scenery with every turn
Then the glacier. The Columbia Ice field Discovery Center offer tours onto the glacier either on foot or a bus
We arrived in Jasper after a spectacular day only to find all the campgrounds full. Thankfully accommodations are provided by the park to provide overflow parking, again.
But just before we set off, we came across a mama and her 2 cubs who were frolicking around
This little one was fascinated by the tire
Before the day was over, we drove over to Athabasca Falls. Beautiful
Our overflow camping spot
And a majestic elk right outside the campground
The days have become so long now, it’s still daylight at 10pm, and as we head further north, we won’t have much darkness at all.
20 years in Alaska and 8 trips from Alaska to the US on the same highways you are traveling, plus 4 years as a hunting guide in Alaska allows me I hope to ask you to never leave any shelter be it car or building when you see a bear…let alone a sow and her cub which is the most dangerous situation to encounter…. please have a safe trip.
Your trip up north and my trip up north makes me want to go north again… SO MUCH BEAUTY! I only saw one bear cub though and it was high in a tree. on my picture it looks like a black blob. I cant believe how close y’all were. AWESOME, but stay safe.