Camping – Jasper National Park Alberta

What a great weekend… Karl and I headed out to Jasper on Friday morning making quick time (especially for us) up Highway 93. We stopped briefly for a Mountain Goat on the side of a cliff overlooking the highway, but other than that it was a pretty uneventful drive with cloudy overcast skies not worth photographing.

We made it to the campground relatively early, we had reserved a spot at Whistlers Campground, and on the way in we passed a bunch of Elk with cute little spotted fawns, but were too lazy to change lenses and decided to come back after setting up camp. Big big mistake, we never saw them again.

Later on we had some great success on the Malign Lake Road spotting a bunch of Black Bears, although with overcast skies the light was lacking and faded quickly, but the road was quite and we were able to spend some time photographing them.

The next morning we drove west to Mount Robson and encountered a grizzly on the side of Highway 16, but couldn’t really get into a decent position, until it crossed over the road in front of us. I managed to grab a couple of shots as we passed by on the busy highway, but it was so deep in the ditch that the angle made it almost impossible.

Back at the campground we met up with the Derkowski’s for lunch while they set up camp. After a bit more evening exploring and a ridiculously close encounter on foot with a black bear, we had spotted it from across the lake then parked and walked down to were it was heading and it popped up right in front of us, closer than we had expected.

After that it was dinner time and we feasted on some of the best ever Campfire Chili, and relaxed around the fire enjoying the all you can burn firewood that the campground offers.

The way back was slow with traffic. A washroom break was made amusing by the Parkway’s resident Ravens, and we¬†spotted a beautiful bull Elk with velvet antlers on the Bow Valley Parkway in Banff.

 

Wild Black Bear feeding on dandelions, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Black Bear feeding on dandelions, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Black Bear feeding on dandelions, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Black Bear feeding on dandelions, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Close up of a Grizzly Bear feeding on Dandelions, Jasper National Park  Alberta Canada

Close up of a Grizzly Bear feeding on Dandelions, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Black Bear walking down a road, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Black Bear walking down a road, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Mountain goat  on a Cliff face, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Mountain goat on a Cliff face, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

American Black Bear (Ursus americanus)

American Black Bear (Ursus americanus)

Adult Grizzly Bear crossing a highway, Jasper National Park  Alberta Canada

Adult Grizzly Bear crossing a highway, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Black Bear walking down a road, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Black Bear walking down a road, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Bald Eagle perched in a dead tree, Jasper National Park Alberta

Bald Eagle perched in a dead tree, Jasper National Park Alberta

Scenic mountain views, Maligne Lake Jasper National Park Alberta, Canada

Scenic mountain views, Maligne Lake Jasper National Park Alberta, Canada

Scenic mountain views, Maligne Lake Jasper National Park Alberta, Canada

Scenic mountain views, Maligne Lake Jasper National Park Alberta, Canada

Wild Black Bear walking down a road, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Black Bear walking down a road, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Black Bear walking down a road, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Black Bear walking down a road, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Black Bear feeding on dandelions, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Black Bear feeding on dandelions, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Large cast iron pot of spicy chili cooking over a campfire

Large cast iron pot of spicy chili cooking over a campfire

Common Raven, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Common Raven, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Common Raven, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Common Raven, Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Bull Elk, Banff National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Bull Elk, Banff National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Bull Elk, Banff National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Bull Elk, Banff National Park Alberta Canada

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