Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Arrival Spring Creek RV-Canmore AB

29 June 2014

We arrived at our campground in Canmore AB, Spring Creek Mountain Village, around 430P. This is a busy weekend due to Canada Day on 1 July and the Calgary Stampede 4 July til 14th. The campground which has over 150 sites is completely booked. Glad we made reservations months ago. Must admit we were somewhat disappointed in the overall appearance in spite of the mountain views. Did not look like the photos on internet which were probably taken when they were not full. Cars and trucks parked along the road, sites very narrow and close. Wi-fi impossible during the day in spite of our booster. John finally got on at 4AM.
Welcome to Canmore

Spring Creek RV Park-1 section


Site C-24

Policeman's Creek Behind Us

Darling Puppy on Walk

Our site is C-24 with creek behind. Laundry facilities for such a large park only has 2 working washers and 1 dryer. There is a better laundromat in town on Main. We are here for 10 nights at a cost of $493.00 including tax which had to be paid in full at time of booking and no refunds for early checkout. Unfortunately this is only somewhat decent campground in town. There is a walking path that takes 10 minutes along the creek into town. We will try that later. There is  even a charge for showers which we don't use. There is mobile home park on one end and new condos on other side. The park does have nice mountain views including one named 3 Sisters.. www.springcreekrv.ca

A magpie visited us, probably looking for a handout. The town of Canmore is very nice. www.tourismcanmore.com

All in all, guess the mountain views and proximity to town, make this an OK place to stay in area.

Icefields Parkway Drive-Jasper to Lake Louise

29 June 2014

Our drive from Valemount to Canmore took us on Hwy 5 to 16 to 93 in Jasper which is the Icefields Parkway considered to be one of the 10 most scenic drives in the world. I would probably rate it #1 or #2. The parkway travels through the Jasper and Banff National Parks in the Canadian Rockies for a total of 142 miles. In Lake Louise you then pick up TC 1 to Canmore.

Our weather today was not good for great photos due to clouds and intermittent rain. We plan to return later on a sunny day.
No wild animal sightings today, but some awesome scenery. The Parkway affords magnificent views of glaciers,lakes,waterfalls,hiking trails and a new addition is the "Glacier Skywalk" which can be booked at the Glacier Discovery Center. www.glacierskywalk.ca. We plan to do this on our return. Please allow at least 3 hours or more to do this drive and take advantage of stops along the way, many of which we did previously. www.icefieldsparkway.com

I cannot begin to name all the glaciers, mountains and lakes in the photos. Included some of the better ones.

Tangle Falls

Bridge Crossing on Parkway

Western Woodlily

In Front of a Glacier

Bow Glacier

Bow Lake

Bow Lake

Animal Overpass Crossing on TC 1

Friday, June 27, 2014

Maligne Lake and Finally Bear Photos

26 June 2014

We drove back to Jasper today in order to visit Maligne Lake area 27 miles south of Jasper. On the way made another stop at Robson and had lunch. We also took some photos of Robson River which flows into the Fraser.
In Front of Mount Robson

Mount Robson
Signage About Robson River

Robson River with Mount Robson
Klapperhorn Mountain

Mt Fitzwilliam

  We visited Maligne Lake and Canyon 1998. Due to lateness of day and long drive back to Valemount, we only visited the Lake. I included pictures from the Canyon 1998 trip and urge you to stop when visiting the area.
One of 5 Bridges Across Canyon

Maligne Canyon

Lont Way Down

Maligne Lake has beautiful mountain and glacier views. You have the option of taking a boat trip on the lake pass Spirit Island.We did this on first trip. The lake is 14 miles long and 318ft at its deepest.

Maligne Lake

Canoe Ride  on the Lake

Boat Tour Dock

Another View of Lake

On the drive we stopped for a photo op at Medicine Lake. Interesting fact about this lake is it is fed by the Maligne Riverwhich, for some reason does not seem to flow out, yet the lake disappears in the summer. All that is left in mid autumn is a thin channel that disappears into the shoreline.
The granite mountain view are awesome.
Looks like Steam Coming Out

Granite Peaks

Awesome View

Medicine Lake
Bear Along Medicine Lake

I finally got my bear pictures today on the drive to Maligne Lake and 1 deer photo. The deer looks so malnourished.

Following the Leader

So Regal Looking

Crossing the Road
Stopped in Jasper for ice cream.

For more info on the areas go to www.malignecanyon.com and www.malignelake.com