Family in Alberta (pt.1)

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Top of Whistler’s mountain via Jasper Tramway (third time up this mountain and every time it’s just as beautiful as the last)

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(Maligne Lake tour by boat) famous ‘Spirit Island’

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Boat cruising on Maligne Lake

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Maligne Canyon

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Lake Beauvert (Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge)

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Bear Paw (tasty treats: pumpkin tart, white chocolate raspberry scone – personal favourite, and bear paw)

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Heli Helicopter tours

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In the air, overlooking the Rockies (Columbia Icefields in the far distance)

My family made the a 4-5 hour plane journey from Toronto, Ontario to Jasper, Alberta to visit me last week! I’ve been somewhat home-sick these past few weeks and seeing them was the remedy I really needed. I don’t usually get home-sick, too be honest, I rarely miss the physical location of home, Toronto. But I did / still do miss the company of my friends and family.  I think I was more home-sick being here in Jasper, than I was in Tokyo last summer. Which is strange because I’m so much closer to home in Alberta, but maybe that’s also the reason why – because I’m so much closer to home.

Anyhoo, the hole in my heart that was yearning for home was filled this week when I had the chance to spend time travelling with my family in Alberta. They landed in Calgary and drove a rent-a-car to Jasper (just under 5 hours and around 400km).

They stayed at Tekarra Lodge (where I work) for 2 nights and I acted as their personal tour-guide around Jasper :) it was neat being the local and being able to point out my favourite “gems” of Jasper

Day 1: Jasper Tramway, tour of town, Maligne Lake, Medicine Lake, Maligne Canyon, dinner at Tekarra Restaurant
Day 2: Lake Beauvert (near FairmontJasper Park Lodge), Bear Paw (for coffee and tasty treats) and road trip towards the Icefields for a helicopter ride

(concludes Jasper portion of trip, next stop Banff/Lake Louise)

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