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Jasper National Park
August 24, 2003

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As promised, the drive to Jasper was magnificent and even through we arrived relatively early, Whistlers Campground had no hookup sites left, so we wound up at Wapiti (meaning "elk"), another campground a short distance away. Still no hookups, and the most expensive in Canada so far at $22.00 a night. That's besides the $75.00 it cost for a pass that allows us to drive through this park into Banff National Park down the Icefields Parkway - a bit steep I think, Canada, eh? I've been told the price is worth it, though, and the sites are very nice - expansive and tree filled and the park is also well named as it is also filled with elk. We saw several wandering around when we arrived, and this evening there was a huge buck right at the entrance.

A man photographing him said he'd been here quite a while and had never seen one that large with 7 tips to each side of his antlers. He was a truly magnificent creature, but looked a bit disheveled since the velvet covering his antlers was now in tatters and pealing off for the upcoming mating season.

They say that soon these animals will be very dangerous to be around as the males become very aggressive when they're competing for mates.

We were pretty tired when we got in, partly I think just from the excitement of the things we've seen today. Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, greets you upon entering the park and he is a most gracious and gorgeous host. His white tipped peaks against a clear blue sky was a most appealing welcome to one of the most scenic spots on earth.
Inspiration was very taken with him and had to stop and visit for a while.
I can honestly say this is the prettiest drive I have ever been on to this point.
Experience the calmness at: Maligne Lake
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