Exploring Jasper (Whistler’s Mountain + Athabasca Falls)

After our long drive the day before, we got a little bit of a later start Saturday morning. We stopped for breakfast and coffee and then headed into Jasper National Park. Being that it was Mom’s first time in the Rocky Mountains, I really wanted her to be able to see as many animals as possible… and that wish came true. Just a few minutes into the park, we came across a herd of sheep!

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This little guy was so adorable all by himself way up on this rock.

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A couple of guys had unfortunately chased the sheep down the road to try and get a picture with them and they seemed pretty nervous so we took just a couple of photos and went on our way. (I really wish people would realize that when they’re in the park, they’re visiting these animals’ natural habitat and should respect them and keep their distance. if you want a photo of the animals, zoom in with your camera. let the animals have their space.)

Our first stop (besides Mom’s photo stops that is ;) was the Jasper Skytram! We had been here when my brother visited and I knew it was something I wanted to do with Mom as well. The view from the top is spectacular and the feeling of being so high on Whistler’s Mountain is pretty incredible as well.

We had to wait 30 minutes or so for our ride up, so obviously we took some photos while we waited.

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It was a cramped ride up… I’m always thankful to get off my the end of it, ha.

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The view, though! So beautiful. It was a lot cloudier than the last time I’d been so it was really cool to see it a little differently.

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Caught in action… we took a lot of selfies. ;)

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Ever grossing my family out… ha.

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Levi wanted to hike up further than Mom and I did… so we hung back on some of the lower trails and took more pictures.

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No one was harmed in the making of this photo… ;)

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I got a call from Levi to tell us to look at him waving at us from waaaaay up the mountain.

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Zoomed out… he’s the tiny dot on top of the mountain.

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He came back down to join us and we took a few more photos…

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Rain!

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Once we were back down the mountain, we stopped at the picnic area and ate lunch and then headed to Athabasca Falls. We caught a glimpse of a beautiful deer on the road to the falls, but I wasn’t quick enough with my camera.

Our visit at the falls was a quick one. It had started raining and the temperature was dropping and we were cold! I was glad we stopped though- it was the first waterfall mom had seen! A few photos and we were on our way.

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We were all pretty exhausted so we decided to call it an early day and head back to the hotel for the evening. On our way back, we saw a few cars pulled over on the side of the road… because there was a great big black bear waaaaay back in the mountains. Thanks to my zoom lens, I was able to get him on camera. Isn’t he the cutest?!

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Then just a few minutes after we saw the bear, we came across two bull elk… one with his females, and the other (slightly smaller) one sizing him up. The larger one wasn’t having any of it and was quite aggressive towards him.

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Mid-bugle…

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The photo on the left is one of my favourites I’ve taken. This was the smaller bull… still quite impressive looking, if you ask me.

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The larger bull wasn’t quite as impressed with him. ;) Here he is bugling again.

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The large bull ended up chasing the smaller one up the bank and out of sight… and we scrambled back inside the car to keep a safe distance.

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We saw a few more sheep waaay up a mountain on our way out of the park. And after a bite to eat, we headed back to the hotel for the night.

Day two coming soon!

You can view all of the photos from Mom’s visit by clicking here.

  • Kristi Jasik - WOW…these are incredible pictures Karen!!! The elk look like they are right next to us!! That bear though…oh my goodness how adorable! That’s pretty much what I feel like after I eat too…lol. I love the pictures of us on Whistler, the ones Levi took of us sitting on the rock ledge together. Beautiful places there for sure! Hope to come back and explore some more someday!! Thank you for posting…loved the post and looking forward to day two!!! Love you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Janet Mayl - Amazing photos Karen.ReplyCancel

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