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    In 2012 Kim and I were asked by one of my sister's if we would be up to taking our '85 year old mother back to see the Canadian Rockies. My parents and I had been through there 35 years earlier on our trip to Alaska. We jumped at the chance to go back. We visited in the spring in a rental car and stayed just outside the parks in motels.

    No trip to the Canadian Rockies would be complete without visiting Moraine Lake


    Moraine Lake - Banff National Park


    Mom sketching in front of the Rockpile at Moraine Lake.



    Columbia Ice Fields - Jasper National Park



    Kim and I enjoyed this trip so much that we started talking about returning in the fall to enjoy the Rockies in a different season. We wanted to spend more time hiking and photographing and less time driving. The more we talked we decided to look into renting an RV for our return trip. So we returned in late September renting a small class C motorhome from CanaDream in Calgary.



    Peyto Lake - Banff National Park



    Crowfoot Glacier at the Bow River Outlet - Banff National Park



    Bow Lake - Banff National Park



    Sunrise at Mosquito Creek Campground - Banff National Park



    Wilcox Pass - Jasper National Park



    "Keep close to Nature's heart.. and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." -John Muir

    Wilcox Pass is one of the top day hike in the Canadian Rockies. We started out in the forest and quickly climbed through the alpine to a mountain pass with panoramic views of glacier and mountains. Kim wanted to bottle up the scent of the flowers to bring it home, and I couldn't help but sing a few lines from the "Sound of Music" while hiking. I'm so thankful that we pushed ourselves a bit and continued on this hike. It was one of the highlights of the whole trip.



    Spirit Island on Maligne Lake - Jasper National Park


    For anyone considering a trip to the Canadian Rockies all I can say is GO GO GO, you won't regret it in anyway. Plenty of great places to stay and the scenery is second to none.

    -James


    P.S. The rental experience was great with CanaDream I would highly recommend them if you don't want to take your own RV for the trip. But it did cost me dearly in the long run as we decided after this trip to research and purchase our own Arctic Fox 25Y.
    James Heap
    2012 F250 6.7 CC SB
    2013 Arctic Fox 25Y

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    very nice indeed, thanks for the pictures

    Jim
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    • #3
      Fantastic pictures! I go back to BC for mountain biking every fall.
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      • #4
        I agree, the Canadian Rockies are some of the scenic areas we've visited.

        I saw many of the sites you photographed, but my photos do not rival yours.

        Here's my shot of Peyto Lake in 2002.
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        • #5
          Those are some really great pictures. I only got to take my Mom into the US Rockies before she passed. What memories you have!!
          Joe
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          • #6
            Russel, Peyto Lake was my wife's favorite lake. She called it the fox lake for its shape.

            Did you see much wildlife? In the spring we saw a lot of black bears. Not so many on our fall trip but we did finally she a grizzly on our last evening before leaving.








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            • #7
              really great pictures:snapshot:

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              • #8
                Wow nice pictures thanks for sharing
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                • #9
                  Mosquito Creek Campground - Banff National Park

                  We stayed for 2 nights camped right by the creek. The drive from Banff and Jasper National parks was awesome
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                  • #10
                    We will be there in 4 days and will spend 13 days in the parks
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                    • #11
                      I'm glad to hear some more of you are getting to enjoy the Canadian Rockies. My favorite place I have traveled so far.
                      James Heap
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                      • #12
                        At end of our drive from Banff and Jasper National parks we stayed at Whistlers Campground in Jasper and sitting outside saw the most stunning rainbow against the mountain what more good you ask for.
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                        • #13
                          wow .... nice, very nice
                          Jim
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