My Vacation

 

I’m back from three terrific weeks in Western Canada.

On the map I’ve starred the major places I visited although there were many places in between. Starting at the top:

 Fort McMurray

Athabasca

Edmonton

Hinton

Jasper

Lake Louise

Banff

Calgary

Let me tell you if you have never seen the Rocky Mountains it is something you should plan to do at some point in your life. It really makes you feel like a little speck on this planet of ours. The scenery alone makes it worth the drive. The rugged terrain is awe-inspiring and travelling through the Rockies makes for a pretty spectacular trip.

One of my first glimpses of the Rocky Mountains. They are breath-taking!

 View of the Victoria Cross Range from the Upper Summit Station at The Whislters in Jasper, 2277M (6831ft).

Athabasca Galcier, Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff. The road through here lies at approximately 2200M (6600ft) and Mt. Athabacsa on the right is 3833M (11,500ft).

You can see the devastion to the lanscapse caused by the weight of the glacier.

I actually stood on the toe of the Athabasca Glacier. I was lucky to witness three avalanches when the 80-100M rim of snow/ice fell about 333M (1000 ft.) I never realised just how loud an avalance is … like a sonic boom.

Sunwapta Falls still not raging with melt water.

Lake Lousie in the center of mountains, all around 3000M (10,000ft). Hard to believe people used to vacation here when there were no cars, just trains & wagons.

I saw so many big horn sheep along the sides of the road and up the hills.  On this trip I also saw a 1 bald eagle, 1 grey wolf, 1 black bear, 1 yellow-headed black bird, several elk, several birds called magpies, several ravens, 1 hawk and several variety of squirrels.

View from The Upper Summit Station, Sulphur Mountain, Banff; located 2281M (7,486ft) above sea level.

This squirrel looks like the chipmunks found in New Brunswick except it is at least twice as big as a chipmunk. He was a friendly little guy, following me around and posing.

These are but a few of my photos and shunk to fit here just doesn’t do any of them justice.

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15 Comments

  1. welcome back. and glad you enjoyed your time 😉

    • Thanks! I loved Western Canada so much I have decided to pack everything and move West. I have given my notice at my current apartment and have rented a house in Northern Alberta. Life is an adventure!

      • So where are u right now??

        and i admire you being adventurous 😉

      • For all of my life I have lived in a small province on Canada’s east coast. I live in the capital city but it is a small city with only 50,000 people. But, the smell of the ocean is never far away and crime is almost non-existent. It is a lovely place to live.

        The time for change has come.

  2. 🙂

    that was very refreshing 🙂

    • Thanks! A little different than the gloomy stuff I usually write. ツ

  3. I envy you for the 50,000 people you were living with. we suffer here from the over population 😦

    Hope you will enjoy the change 😉

    • The city I am moving to is in northern Alberta and it has a population of approximately 64,000 people; not much bigger than the little city I live in currently. Both provinces have lots of green space, with untouched forests. The big difference is my province on the east coast has a total population of about 750, 000 where as Alberta has about 3,000,000.
      A short, four hour drive has me to a city of 750, 000. So I will have the benefits of small town living but close to a big city for shopping, enterainment, restaurants, etc.
      Best of both worlds I think.

      What is the popultion of you city? Of your country?

      • I live in Cairo, Egypt. The city’s population is something around 18 million and the country is now reaching a total of 80 million citizens. So you can now imagine why do i envy you 🙂

      • Wow! I cannot imagine that many people in one city. Toronto is Canada’s largest city at 2.5 million and Canada only has 33.5 million in the entire country. Housing in Cario must be a nighmare.

  4. I have been following your blog for a long time. We have been going through the process of loss and heartbreak at the same time, and your words have helped me more than I can say.

    How funny that I read today about your upcoming move. Well, actually it’s not funny… it’s ironic. The one that broke my heart also comes from a small eastern Canadian province (NS). He moved to Fort McMurray, AB almost 2 years ago– and that’s when everything fell apart.

    Anyways, small world…

    I am super impressed with your sense of adventure. Good luck with the move- I have a feeling some really great and happy things are waiting for you!

    • Heartbreak and the emotions that go alone with it are very difficult to deal with on every level. In the past, I have always been the one to break up first, my attitude was “leave before he leaves me” and this is the first time my heart has been broken. I was shattered and devastated, and I struggled for what seems a long time.

      I am glad that my words have helped you; your comment makes me feel like this blog isn’t just desperate words and thoughts but actually worthwhile.

      One thing I have realised in the past few years is that this IS a small world we live in. Of all the blogs on WordPress you found mine … we are both from Atlantic Canada, (that in itself amazes me) and we are going through much of the same feelings at the same time. I guess being from the East we all know at least someone who has the Maritimes for Ft. McMurray.

      I am feeling positive and keeping an open mind about my move, really thinking of it as my life’s big adventure. I hope all works out … for both of us. ツ

  5. nightmare is an under estimation for the situation 🙂

    • I get frustrated driving in traffic here; irritated that I may have to sit in my car for an extra minute or two; aggravated when a drive that should take 8 mintues takes 10 or 12; and I avoid the downtown area with all the pedestrians, bicycles and traffic lights (and area that is about 4 city blocks long by 3 city block wide) and finding a parking space may mean parking on the next block and walking. As I sit here I thinking of what you have told me, I think what my city would be like with 18 million people driving and walking around … I think I would forever be annoyed.

      Your comments have made me feel appreciative in ways I’ve never thought about before. Thank you for opening my eyes.

      • Keep them wide opened and appreciate more because living the reality is a totally different thing than just imagining . i can u give more thoughts to appreciate:

        * when home is like 10 min away from work and you get stuck in a rush hour so you reach home in 30 to 45 min, sometimes maybe more.

        * when you are running an errand in the mid of the week and to find a parking slot it may take you over an hour because you don’t want to get a ticket.

        * when there is no courtesy in driving anymore, and people drive as if they own the street.

        Keep appreciating, i wish someday i would be lucky to live in a small town like you… the trick is, i would want all my friends and family to be with me.


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