All posts tagged: rocky mountain

Family in Alberta (pt.1)

Top of Whistler’s mountain via Jasper Tramway (third time up this mountain and every time it’s just as beautiful as the last) (Maligne Lake tour by boat) famous ‘Spirit Island’ Boat cruising on Maligne Lake Maligne Canyon Lake Beauvert (Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge) Bear Paw (tasty treats: pumpkin tart, white chocolate raspberry scone – personal favourite, and bear paw) Heli Helicopter tours 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 …

Mount Robson and Berg Lake Hike

(brace yourself for a long post) Day 1: I packed my 50L backpack in the morning and met up with 3 friends Loes, Jess and Alicia (all university friends who are working in Jasper for the summer). We picked up groceries (protein bars, peanut butter, pasta, oatmeal, KD… carbs on carbs) and started our drive out of Jasper! It was a 1.5 hrs drive on Highway 16 to Mount Robson Provincial Park in Valemount, British Columbia. The trail head and first part of the hike began in a lush rain forest (nothing like what you can find in Jasper). The air felt like you were somewhere else, somewhere more tropical like Costa Rica, there were large trees – reflective of how large the mountains were, and there was vibrant green vegetation surrounding our path. On our right was the Robson river, flowing steady and loud beside us. Beautiful moss everywhere too! The first break was at Kinney Lake (7km into the hike at 3230 ft). Here was a serene valley that surrounded this lake. The water that filled it was like …

Lakes, Valleys and Mountains

Day 1: Short hike around Valley of the Five lakes with school friends. Just under 2 hours with a brisk pace to walk all 5 lakes. Very nice hike, as most of it is level and not uphill. Beautiful water and beautiful weather. Day 2: Hiking Sulfur Skyline and soaking at the Miette Hot Springs (picture above is about half way through the hike, prior there were only trees but we finally got a break and could see the valley below us) Beautiful weather again! Calgarian friend, Wesley, drove to Jasper for the first time and I showed him around town. Strange thinking I’m the “local”. Naturally, the best way to enjoy and see Jasper is to hike! We climbed Sulfur Skyline (as it’s relatively shorter, and the base is at the Hot Springs). And 2,300 ft later… Breathtaking view at the summit. According to Trail Peak, east you can see Fiddle River Valley and Mount Drinnan. West and south there is the Miette Range and Utopia Mountain. To the northwest you can see the Ashlar …

Lake Louise

Day two of my journey started with brunch in Calgary and proceeded with a road trip to Lake Louise.  The drive was beautiful as you make your way west Highway 1 and up Highway 93. 20 minutes after leaving Calgary, the Rocky mountains become closer and bigger, and you feel smaller. It’s like when your on a plane and your flying up, or landing, and you see tiny building and little ant-like cars that are moving on the highway – and you feel so small. It’s the same feeling when you drive among large and majestic mountains. Everything is back into perspective – you’re realize that your a lot smaller than the world builds you up to feel. You think less of yourself and more about other things, other people – it’s not sad it’s comforting. We stopped at the famous Fairmont Lake Louise that overlooks the even more famous lakeview. The crystal aqua blue, glacier fed water is stunning.