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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 30: Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada

September 6, 2007, Day 30 of our Alaska trip, was another beautiful travel day, once we got past the power outage at our campground in Grand Cache. The power went off at 6:00 a.m. and hadn't come back on yet by the time we pulled out three hours later. It meant that our electric heater wouldn't work, but the furnace took the chill out so we could crawl out of our warm beds and get dressed.

The day's travel was all in the province of Alberta, as we drove from Grand Cache to Jasper National Park, then to Banff National Park, and on to Calgary. The drive between Jasper and Banff on the Icefields Parkway was just awesome in its beauty. So many startlingly beautiful peaks, lakes, and rivers in such a small area. Following are some pictures from that part of our drive.

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We stayed at the Calgary West Campground, a huge campground with 325 campsites on a hill overlooking Calgary, a city of well over a million people. It was a bit of a culture shock after some of  the tiny campgrounds we'd been staying in...like the one with only five RV sites on Day 28.

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The view from our "dining room" window at our campsite in Calgary West Campground

7 comments:

  1. I backpacked in Banff. We wore bear bells and hoped they weren't dinner bells. Never saw one.

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  2. Steve - I've heard that the easiest way to tell the difference between black bear scat and grizzly bear scat is that the grizzly bear scat usually contains bells. :)

    Elizabeth - There's a lot of amazing scenery in a relatively small area around Banff and Jasper.

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  3. This is a gorgeous part of my country.

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  4. Ruth - That's an understatement, if there ever was one! :)

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  5. Linda, I'm not sure why, but I've had trouble getting some blogs to load lately and commenting has been almost impossible. Whatever it is/was, it doesn't seem to be plaguing me tonight! I've gone back to catch up, and I'm totally entranced by the photos and your adventure!

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  6. Oh, Deb. I understand how frustrating those computer woes can be, and I just want to thank you for persisting and then even going the extra mile and catching up on our Alaska trip postings.

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