Glaciers, ponds, lakes and flowers

Jasper, Canada

Tuesday, we headed out to the foot of Mt. Edith Cavell. It was a scenic, curvy drive and around each corner we could view Mt. Edith Cavell getting closer and closer, bigger and bigger. When we arrived at the park, we took a nice little hike up to the base of the glacier, where there was a cool pond with little icebergs floating in it. The whole area was gorgeous! The trail was well maintained, but you could also walk out onto the piles of rocks and make your own "trail." This was a little more challenging, and after a little while, we decided to go back to the main trail.

On our way out of the park, we stopped for a little hike down to a beautiful little lake. Somewhere along the way we found out that glacial lakes are a gorgeous aqua color due to rock sediment that has been carried down off the glacier. As it settles in the lake the color changes over the summer.


In the afternoon we headed the other direction to Maligne Lake. Again, we saw more awesome views of mountains, lakes and lots of wildflowers. We saw some wildlife too, including a deer and an eagle. At Maligne Lake, we rented a canoe for an hour, which was a neat way to relax and enjoy the scenery from a different perspective. On the way back to town, we stopped a couple of times to take photos of some amazing flowers and vistas.

That evening, our last in Jasper, we went out for a nice dinner at the Fiddle River Restaurant. Our view of the train below and the mountains above through the large picture window on the 2nd floor, made the already good meal even more enjoyable.