Jasper National Park


Sunwapta Falls Resort. Please click on image for larger Photo. Nikon D70 ©

Sunwapta Falls
“A torrent of plunging water not far from the Ice-fields Parkway, Sunwapta Falls is just one of the many waterfalls in Jasper created by hanging valleys.
Hanging valleys were formed when glacier ice receded 8000 years ago, leaving behind broad U-shaped valleys. Larger valleys were carved deeper than smaller ones and in places where the two meet, the smaller valleys “hang” at a higher elevation. This is an excellent place to find waterfalls. At Sunwapta Falls, the smaller “hanging” Chaba Valley and larger Athabasca Valley join in a spectacular stepping waterfall that has carved a deep limestone gorge out of the rock some meters below the footbridge.”
Sunwapta is a Stoney Indian word for “turbulent river”.



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We went to Jasper National Park ( 416 km and 6.5 hours from Calgary) for a week-end; we were there once before in summer a few years ago. We drove through Banff National Park, where we only saw two Coyotes along the road.

Jasper is the largest and most northerly Canadian rocky mountain national park, part of a spectacular World Heritage Site. Comprised of delicate and carefully protected ecosystems, Jasper’s scenery is none-the-less rugged and mountainous. In this special corner of Canada you can thrill to the thunder of Sunwapta Falls, enjoy the serene beauty of Mount Edith Cavell, connect with nature along 1,000-plus kilometres of trails, experience Athabasca Glacier up close or just resign yourself to a relaxing soak in Miette Hotsprings. Maligne CanyonMaligne LakeAthabasca FallsSunwapta FallsColumbia Icefield Area and the Athabasca Glacier, etc.” – Parks Canada



Athabasca Glacier © Athabasca: “Where there are reeds” in Cree.

“Part of the Columbia Icefield The glacier currently recedes at a rate of 2-3 metres per year and has receded more than 1.5 km in the past 125 years and lost over half of its volume. 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 ofBanff and Jasper, and rather easy accessibility, it is the most visited glacier in North America. 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. There’s a restaurant at the icefield centre.”-  Jasper National Park



Glacier. Please click on photo for a larger image. Nikon D70 ©

Tok at The weeping wall. Nikon D70 ©

Along the Ice fields, there are many Glaciers, the best of which is the Athabasca Glacier; one can see how it has receded. We also saw frozen Sunwapta Falls and the Weeping Wall.



Tok, Hubby and Kris at Malign Canyon. Please click on photo for larger image. Nikon D70 ©

Malign Canyon. Nikon D70. Please click on photo for larger image. ©

Kris and I Maligne Lake. Please click for larger view. Nikon D70 ©.

We didn’t see any animals in Jasper National Park, but many Avalanche warnings.



The town of Jasper. Please click om image for larger photo. Nikon D70 ©



The town of Jasper. Please click om image for larger photo. Nikon D70 ©



In Jasper we stayed at a lovely Pet friendly Inn. We went hiking at Malign (Mahleen) canyon, where we were greeted by Mountain sheep; it is the closest I have been to them.



Mountain Sheep. Please click on image for larger photo. Nikon D70 ©



Elk. Please click on photo for larger image. Nikon D70 ©



Kris and Tok at Malign Canyon. Please click on image for larger photo.  Nikon D70 ©

We saw lots of wildlife on the Malign Lake road. The frozen Athabasca Falls were also beautiful.



The canyon, which was frozen, is beautiful; we had to climb bungee ropes to pass the cold water. Please click on photo for larger image. Nikon D70 ©

“Maligne: pronounced “mah-leen” from the French “mal” to infer sick, or evil as in “malicious”.

The Maligne River system was considered by the French Canadian fur traders and their native guides as a bit mysterious.

The river, up near Maligne Lake, flows in a mighty torrent. When it enters Medicine Lake (named in reference to bad medicine) it does so with great volumes. It does not, however, appear to flow out. Indeed, through the summer months Medicine Lake disappears until, in mid autumn all that is left is a thin channel that itself disappears into the shoreline.

The Maligne Valley is riddled by the most extensive “karst” system in the world. A karst system is a geological formation of caves above and below ground level. In the case of the Maligne Valley, no one knows just where water from Maligne Lake goes.” – Maligne Canyon


Malign Canyon. Nikon D70 ©


Road to Rocky Mountain house and the Saskatchewan river from Jasper National park. Nikon D70 ©

Malign Canyon 2.10.01 ©

Jasper National Park 2.10.01 ©

Tok on the Athabasca Glacier October 2001 Nikon 35 mm ©

About Tokeloshe.

Welcome and thank you for visiting. I have been happily married (sic) for 40 years, have one son, a loving daughter in law and three adorable grandsons. We have been in Canada for 20 years and are originally from South-Africa. My first language is Afrikaans. (Ek kan nog Afrikaans praat, lees en skryf.) I love doing mixed media, scrap-booking, blogging and playing on the computer, I am also interested in photography, genealogy, reading, hiking, camping, arts and crafts.
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