Day 45, Saturday, 6/2/18
Jasper, AB

Today was a travel day, driving a bit over 300 miles to get to Jasper, AB. Southeast to Grand Prairie, just about due south to Grande Cache, southeast again to Highway 16 and finally south / southwest to the town of Jasper where we spent the night.

Passing through Grande Cache we saw a few of the endangered and rare woodland caribou. Along the way we also spotted deer, hawks, magpies and various ducks. In Grande Cache the Rockies appear again to the west, majestic and snow covered.

Part of the Grande Cache herd
Camera Shy...
Jasper is a mini Banff, with a small yet very commercialized downtown. We were looking for a B&B  so wandered into their visitor center where the staff were very helpful to the point of making phone calls to check for space. After securing a room for the night, we wandered about eventually landing at a restaurant where we had dinner on the patio. As it was a busy night, we shared a table first with two chemistry phd students who had been up hiking overnight and later with a couple (Jan and Andrew) from London, England. We shared travel stories with them and had an enjoyable evening.

We were glad to make it off the ALCAN and ready to go to the sights in southern Canada like the icefields parkway, and to the US national parks, Glacier and Yellowstone and the Badlands.

Canadian Rockies in the Distance

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