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Wells Gray Provincial Park to Jasper

Days 6 - 7

overcast

On our drive to Jasper we stopped at Mount Robson Provincial Park for lunch. The luck that I had in Alaska, seemed to have continued in to Canada, as we were fortunate that there was no clouds covering Mount Robson and we had a perfect view. The mountain is the highest point in the Canadian Rockies. This drive was extra long due to lots of construction and a rock slide. They say that North America has two seasons... Construction and Winter. Once in Jasper we had a look through the town, and finally got to do some laundry.

The next day a group of us set out for a hike along the Athabasca River, and saw lots of elk and deer. We then did a hike through the Maligne Canyon, another one of my favourites for the trip. It had lots of amazing rock formations and heaps of waterfalls. At this point I was beginning to hurt from hiking for most of the day. Mindy kindly drove us up to Maligne Lake, the largest lake in the Canadian Rockies. Years ago the lake was actually a glacier so it was incredible to see how far the glacier had disappeared from.

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Whistler to Wells Gray Provincial Park

Days 3 - 5

semi-overcast

Next stop for 3 nights was Wells Gray Provincial Park. On our drive we stopped at Joffre Lakes, which was absolutely stunning with the bright blue glacier fed waters. We then stopped at Marble Canyon for lunch, which also had a pretty lake and interesting coloured rocks in the canyon.
The campsite here was really nice with a traditional Saloon. At night most of the campground sat around a fire with people singing and playing the guitar.

The next day saw us leave for our overnight canoe trip. Stopping at beautiful Dawson Falls along the way. We packed a change of clothing, tents and food into the canoes, and paddled for 3 hours to our camping spot, which had no electricity or showers…. Just one disgusting smelling long drop. Relaxing on the beachy part of the lake was a good way to end the day. In the morning we paddled back, then got in the van to make our way back to the original campsite. We stopped at Baileys Chute, where we were lucky enough to see the Chinook salmon leaping out of the water, trying to make their way upstream. Our last stop was Helmcken Falls, which has to be one of my favourite places. The falls are actually taller than Niagara Falls, just not as wide. When we arrived back at the ranch we took a horse ride through Wells Gray. That night we had the special buffet ranch dinner. Because we had arrived back early the owners let us sleep in a big bunk house instead of camping. This worked out so well as there was a hugggggggggggggggggggggeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee thunderstorm that night. It was honestly the loudest thunder I have ever heard.

Xx

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Vancouver to Whistler

Days 1 - 2 Canadian Rockies Tour

sunny 36 °C

Hi again! I now have 15 days of Canadian Rockies to write about ...

Once again another awesome tour, with mostly great people. I survived the camping, and am now a pro at assembling a tent, stuffing a sleeping bag and navigating public showers. I am now enjoying a proper bed with a pillow (not a raincoat), access to wifi and power, and not having to dress myself in a puddle of water.

The meeting point for the tour was Vancouver. From here we headed straight to Whistler. Our driving stop was Shannon Falls and Brandywine Falls, the start of the many more waterfalls to come. After arriving at Whistler, we learnt to set up camp, and then were free to roam Whistler Village. Lots of nice shopping and places to eat. Whistler is where the 2010 Olympic Winter Games were staged. At the time of our stay an event called ‘Crankworx’ was on. This is a mountain biking competition held in Whistler every August. Watching competitors ride down the steep skiing slopes was interesting, with even tiny kids competing in junior comps. That night after dinner a bear cub is spotted in campsites further down from us. A bear cub means a mumma bear as well… not exactly what you want to be hearing when you are camping.

The next day a group of us headed up Whistler Mountain on the gondola. 4100 people ride these gondolas every hour. We did a few smaller hikes while up here and then took another gondola to the peak, and then again over to Blackcomb Mountain. After we had more of a wander through the village, and then went swimming at pretty Alta Lake, surrounded by mountains. Both of the days here were abnormally hot, at about 36 degrees. Tonight at dinner, a grizzly bear strolls right past our table. Quite concerning as our campsite was next to the office, toilet block and car park. A couple of hours later news comes that a bear had attacked and destroyed two tents only a couple of sites down from us. Well! I didn’t sleep at all after that! … and just as I was beginning to drift off at about 2am, some lovely person screams BEAR, and then continues to yell. After a few of us having a few sleepless nights after this our tour guide Mindy sat down and explained that we would actually survive our tour. Those whose tents were destroyed had a tube of toothpaste, and a can of shaving cream inside them. You cannot take any risks by leaving and food or toiletries inside the tent or campsite.

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