30th June, 2017.
It was another glorious day for the second part of the Icefields Parkway heading towards Jasper. We got off to an early start hoping to beat those pesky tourists to the good viewpoints.
The view from Goats and Glaciers Lookout.
Athabasca Falls. The force and sound of the water was amazing.
We arrived in Jasper before 10 a.m., parked on the main street and wandered down to the Visitor Information Centre which was very busy. The Jasper Skytram was on our agenda so we picked up a brochure about it and then headed out to the base station in the motorhome.
In contrast to the Lake Louise Gondola, this was much shorter and steeper.
The view from the top.
The town of Jasper in the centre.
I did see one of these critters but was not fast enough to take a photo.
Looking down on our motorhome on the descent.
Our next plan was to drive out to Maligne Lake, around 50kms from Jasper and perhaps take one of the hourly boat cruises. It was quite a nice drive, some of it along another lake and we had to stop for bighorn sheep on the road but despite the fact that there were three large carparks at the lake, there was not a single space for us to park so we turned around and retraced our route back to the main highway, feeling very disappointed.
We knew we had no chance of finding anywhere to camp in the Jasper area so we headed east in the direction of Hinton. Snaring Campground about 20kms from Jasper was full but there was an overflow camping area which we drove around looking for a decent spot. It was all very barren with no shade so we decided to risk finding somewhere better. Jasper Gates RV Park just outside the National Park looked like a possibility and we were very lucky that they had a spot left but only for that night but that suited us.
Not a bad place for a night.