Welcome Welcome, Little Stranger.
Come, Seat & Read Awhile!!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

2016 ~ April 30th ~ Retreat

Canadians retreat into the sun and fresh air and one of the best ways of doing it ... Head to be closest patio for a good meal and a good drink!!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

2016 ~ April 28 ~ Spring

One of the sure signs of spring are pussy willows.  High up in the mountains is where I found these!!


WHAT IS A TOWN ~ doing in a national park anyway? 

Good Question. The way we think of protected, wild areas has changed over the years. 
The very founding of Jasper Forest Park in 1907, later named Jasper National Park, attracted people to it. 
Railways improved access and brought growing numbers of visitors and residents.
 Jasper became a supply centre within a special natural environment.
 Today, few national parks have development at their core; we are privileged to be on the threshold of this wilderness.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

2016 ~ April 27th ~ Simple Lines

Along the River Walking Path:

Stream Locomotive 6015


Forty years after surveyors mapped a route west over Yellowhead Pass, ribbons of steel finally traversed this valley and a town was born. Since 1911, the railway has flavoured our community’s spirit, lending unique quality still felt today.

A divisional point on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway - later restructured as the Canadian National Railways - Jasper was and is home to railroaders working ‘the road’ to terminals east and west of town. During the first half of the 20th century, more Jasperites made their living from railroading than from tourism, Railroaders and the families still comprised half of Jasper’s population in 1950.

Dozens of steam locomotives like the one to your left pulled trains run by five-man crews. The rail yard stretching before you employed section crews who repaired ‘the road’ and hundreds of tradesmen in its car and roundhouse shops. Railroading demands teamwork, and this supportive spirit still shapes Jaspers community life today.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2016 ~ April 26th ~ Rule of Thirds

Aren't they cute!!  There are some neat things in Jasper ... all sorts of things to look at and photograph.

And yes, they 3 follow the "Rule of Thirds".

Monday, April 25, 2016

Just a Few Buildings from Around Jasper

Jasper Lutheran Church 

Whistlers Inn 

Quaint Little Houses

The Robson House ~ Built in the 1920's

Jasper Firehall ~ 1936

Sunday, April 24, 2016

2016 ~ April 24th ~ Wildlife

From these guys hanging out and sunning themselves.  Love being in the mountains, never know who you will find.

The Weeping Wall Waterfalls

Passed by the spot on the way to Jasper ... didn't know that it had a name or that it was famous for something!!

Weeping Wall (water fall) pull out is where you can park and view the falls. Weeping Wall is absolutely beautiful in the winter when it's frozen. This water fall is fed by a spring higher up on the mountain that never stops flowing. The entire cliff face continually freezes into a beautiful blue wall of ice. It is considered one of the best Ice climbs in the world. During the winter months you can view ice climbers climbing the various routes on the frozen ice walls. Weeping Wall stays frozen late into the spring due to it's shaded canyon location that lacks sunlight. The initial cliff and water fall is only 1/3 of the mountains elevation. There are several benches and more falls located higher above out of sight from the viewing area.

The above photos were take on April 18 and the walls weren't weeping to much at that point but by April 22 after a good stretch of warm weather and then a good dose of rain in the mountains, things did change.

Athabasca Glacier

I don't think I have even been by here when it was cold and snowing.  This is the first time I have seen it with a beautiful blue sky and a warm wind blowing!

The Athabasca Glacier is one of the six principal 'toes' of the Columbia Icefield, located in the Canadian Rockies. The glacier currently recedes at a rate of about 5 metres (16 ft) per year[1] and has receded more than 1.5 km (0.93 mi) and lost over half of its volume in the past 125 years. The glacier moves down from the icefield at a rate of several centimetres per day. Due to its close proximity to the Icefields Parkway, between the Alberta towns of Banff and Jasper, and rather easy accessibility, it is the most visited glacier in North America.[2] The leading edge of the glacier is within easy walking distance; however, travel onto the glacier is not recommended unless properly equipped. Hidden crevasses have led to the deaths of unprepared tourists.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Jasper Information Centre

This building is one of the finest and most influential example of rustic architecture in Canada’ national parks. Designed by A.M. Calderon and completed in 1914, it introduced a building tradition based on these of local construction materials, in this case cobblestone and timber. The facility originally housed park administration offices, a museum, and living quarters for the park superintendent. As the first major building in the townsite, it helped to define the character of Jasper’s early development and provided a conspicuous landmark that greeted park visitors upon their arrival by train.

Jasper the Bear

In 1948, artist James Simpkins created Jasper the Bear for Maclean’s Magazine. Jasper the Bear was adopted by the Town of Jasper as their mascot and has become a beloved figure for the community.

This statue was erected in September 2004 and Jasper Tourism & Commerce acknowledges the support of the CIBC in honouring this local treasure.

Friday, April 22, 2016

2016 ~ April 22nd ~ Photographer's Choice

Mountain Peak peeks through the clouds this morning on the way home from Jasper.  Very wet and rainy in spots on the back to Banff.

Didnt get too many shots ... but the odd one through the window of the shuttle, that worked out not to bad!!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mountain Tekarra


Imagine making your way through these mountains before there were trails, rails or roads.

That is just what geologist Dr. James Hector of the Palliser Expedition did in 1859. He and three colleagues were on a mission to study and map the ‘unknown’ lands of the Canadian west.

Tekarra or Dekara, was an Iroquois guide who accompanied Hector on a trip up the Athabasca River and out to Fort Edmonton.

This mountain reminds us of the important role native guides like Tekarra played in the fur trade and the exploration of this area.

By 1860’s a mixed group of Shuswap, Iroquois, Cree and Europeans had settled in the valley.

"Ok, I am not sure if I photographed the correct mountain peak ...  Just so you know!!"

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Jasper Totem Pole - 1915-2009

Jasper’s Raven Totem Pole 

For 94 years, a magnificent Haida totem pole stood proudly near Jasper’s railway station. It was important Jasper landmark and a colourful reminder of the community’s early railway history.

Born in the Mists of Haida Gwaii
The Raven Totem Pole was carved in the 1870s in Haida Gwaii by Simeon Gwaii, a Haida Chief of the Raven clan.  The totem pole was over 12 metres tall.

Gateway to the Pacific Northwest
When the Grand Trunk Railway opened a northern rail route across the mountains to Prince Rupert in 1914, totem poles were a popular feature along the route.  The Raven Totem Pole arrived in Jasper in 1915.

Sentimental Journey Home
The totem pole deteriorated over the years and in 2009 had to be taken down.  On June 21st, 2010 the Jasper Raven Pole returned to its birthplace in Old Massett, Haida Gwaii and was repatriated to the Haida in a heartfelt ceremony.

2016 ~ April 19 ~ Layers

Many Layers of Time in a Rock ... if they could talk and tell the stories of the things they have seen.  I wonder of the human race listen or not to the lessons they have learned?

Interesting thought, huh?


Along the way to Jasper, we came across a bear .. very very exciting!!  And No I didnt get off the bus ... I do know better than that LoL :)

He wasn't to sure about all the cars and people but he seem to just be interested in the dandelions and find lunch!!

Figured to be about 3 to 4 years old.

Monday, April 18, 2016

2016 ~ April 18th ~ Your Day in Photos


1. Choose A Day - My Bus Trip to Jasper.
2. Take a Photo an Hour - Ok, to be honest I didnt get in a photo every hour.
3. Share

I used my cellphone for the images so it is very documentary ... or so I hope.  It was fun to do but will be happy to get back to my real camera LoL!!

All Packed and ready to go ... and look only 2 bags and purse ... this doesn't happen very often!! 

Heading off to catch to bus to Banff.

The fancy Brewster Bus to Banff!!  Love the bus line .. always great people and good service!!

Ahh ... Lunch!!

Lake Louise Pick up!


The Athabasca Glacier

Its a Bear!!!

Home Sweet Home, Until Friday anyway!!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

2016 ~ April 14th ~ Something Old

Ahh .. something old ... spotted this out for a short drive and just had to have a couple of photos.  Very nice and clean yard, rather impressed!!