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This week's travel photo is a homage to Canada's Hoary Marmots which were regularly sighted on a recent trip through the Rockies and Alaska. I adore their expressive faces, extroverted character and confidence near a camera. Here's a few favourites from a large number of snapshots from locations such as The Whistlers in Jasper and Mt Roberts in Juneau. Enjoy! ....Continue Reading >>
With the announcements and sounds of an airport (the trips are called flights) and an informative commentary from the conductor (pilot?), it is only a seven minute journey on Canada’s longest and highest guided aerial tramway for superb vistas of Jasper. From the top station (or is that arrival lounge?), passengers are treated to panoramic views of Jasper’s numerous lakes, six mountain ranges, ....Continue Reading >>
As Canada laid an early railway line in the 19th century between Jasper and Prince Rupert on Canada's west coast, the owners purchased two fine Haida Indian totem poles to symbolise the original indigenous land holders. This superb Raven Totem Pole stood 12 metres high in central Jasper near the railway station for nearly 100 years until old age and weathering took its toll on the finely carved ....Continue Reading >>
With its glistening glacial waters and snow-capped Rockies peaks, Maligne Lake is one of the highlights of any Canadian visit. Following the Maligne River almost 50 kilometres from Jasper, past the narrow depths of Maligne Canyon and the mysterious disappearing Medicine Lake, the road terminates at the lake.A haven for hikers (especially the famed multi-day Skyline Trail) and canoeists, ....Continue Reading >>
At the end of the superb Maligne Lake Drive, a deer keeps a cautious eye out for groups of people wandering nearby.Jasper Vacations ....Continue Reading >>
Only a few kilometres east of Jasper and near to mysterious Medicine Lake, Maligne Canyon is deep, tortured and narrow with heavy stratified sides. While crowded with sightseers near the entrance, the numbers quickly dwindle as a superb hike meanders along the top of the canyon criss-crossing from side to side across six narrow bridges. Gouged from soft limestone, waterfalls tumble and a raging ....Continue Reading >>
Heading east from Jasper on the Maligne Lake Road is the remarkable disappearing Medicine Lake.In summer, when most people visit Jasper – the summer population being around four times its winter numbers – the lake looks like any other. Set among snow-capped mountains and abounding with wildlife, Medicine Lake appears as a typical glacial lake. Particularly busy are the frantic rabbit-like ....Continue Reading >>
While the highlights of Jasper surround the town on the various roads into the mountains and lakes areas, the town itself is welcoming to visitors. Packed to the gills in summer, the area has colourful streets, a large park area in the centre of town and plenty of reasonable places to eat and recover from the day's exploring.Jasper Vacations ....Continue Reading >>
The driving tour of the Icefield Parkway starts in Lake Louise.Leaving the exceptional Columbia Icefields and Athabasca Glacier, the Icefield Parkway drives past superb glacier and mountain vistas to two impressive waterfalls. The first, named after from local word for turbulent waters is Sunwapta Falls where glacial ice-melt veers sharply and powers through a narrow cleft in the rock to ....Continue Reading >>
Jasper has an excellent reputation for wildlife sightings. Driving into Jasper along the Icefield Parkway, it lives up to its reputation before actually arriving in the town. A gang (the correct collective name - thank you Google) of elk - a mixture of females and youngsters (calves) - lay resting and munching on the lush grass. In the couple of days in and around Jasper, gangs of elk are fairly typical, ....Continue Reading >>
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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.

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