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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 22 June 2015

Icefields Parkway and the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge



Leaving our small log cabin in Jasper, we saw this very pregnant mule deer watching us closely. We were on our way to Bow Lake via the Icefields Parkway.


We stopped numerous times to admire the scenery and take the obligatory selfie, of course.











We turned off the Parkway to look at the Athabasca Falls.
They were spectacular for the volume of water descending, rather than the height of the falls.
















Our lunchtime time stop overlooked the Athabasca River with clear views of the mountains.















More sightings of wildlife with mountain goats and long horned sheep.






It wasn't long before we reached the Columbia Icefield and the Athabasca Glacier















There was an icy wind blowing down from the glacier but we still managed another selfie!



Not far from the icefield we turned off the main road to reach the Num-Ti-Jah mountain lodge on the shores of Bow Lake.



The Lodge was built in 1937 by Jimmy Simpson who was a pioneer guide and outfitter in the Rockies. (The name Num-Ti-Jah is the Stoney people's name for the pine martin.)








The views from the Lodge must be some of the best you will find anywhere.



A few steps from the Lodge and you are rewarded with these views of the Lake











But thebest view of all for me had to be the one from the bedroom window. Spent most of the evening gazing over the Lake at the mountains. I had hoped to see the stars but it was almost a full moon, making it a bright evening and difficult to see many.














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30 comments:

  1. I must have travelled to the wrong part of Canada: I never saw so much wild life at all! Love the views. Must remember to pack scarf for our holiday!

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  2. Stunning scenery! The waterfall looks so powerful and the noise would be amazing.

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  3. Love to see this, brings back sweet memories, that Icefield Parkway was so amazing.

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  4. What wonderful scenery! And to be able to stay out there for awhile is worth a lot. Great pictures! :-)

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  5. Wow. Has me excited for my little trip planned in August in the Smokies.

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  6. The ice fields are an amazing sight but dwindling fast. We were there in 1999 after Emily's high school graduation. I'm sure they're quite a bit smaller now. Looks like you found a lovely place to stay.

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  7. The wildlife is wonderful. In Polam=nd the wildest part is the Bieszczady Mountains. One day I am going to put some photos of them

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  8. I loved driving the Icefields Parkway when I visited Banff many years ago. Bow Lake was absolutely gorgeous! The lodge you stayed in looked very nice. Enjoying your trip recap.

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  9. Superb scenery that doesn't need a narrative. All that raging water looks rather cold but your lodge looks comfy and warm after a day in the great outdoors of Canada.

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  10. A great series of photos. The scenery is magnificent and you were fortunate to see all the wildlife - especially the Long-horned Sheep! When I visited that area many years ago I especially wanted to see the Sheep - but did not!

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  11. Wow....incredible views, mountains, waterfalls, wildlife...a perfect setting for a perfect outing. Did I say WOW already? WoW

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    1. ps...loved the smiling selfies too.

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  12. I have to say WOW too. Gorgeous views and scenery! The waterfalls look like they are chuga-lugging! I love the critters too. Amazing photos, thanks for sharing your trip! Have a happy new week!

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  13. What an adventure! Love the mule deer photo ~ awesome and wonderful scenic photography!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  14. what absolutely lovely scenery and so nice to see happy smiling faces too :-)

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  15. Spectacular - I'd love to stay at that lodge.

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  16. Wonderful adventure spot. Thank you for showing.

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  17. Great and beautiful photo series!

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  18. what a wonderful trip you guys are doing. I envy you for that. So much beauty to enjoy. Hope you have a lot of time to do that.

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  19. Wow - those falls really are quite spectacular!

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  20. Beautiful shots of the place. Those mountain peaks look great.

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  21. Hi from another retired teacher (and former school administrator). We pretty much put all of our wishes into one bucket and purchased an off the grid floating cabin in British Columbia. We still travel a bit, but prefer to be home at the cabin most of the time in all seasons. Even after fourteen years it's exciting every day. - Margy

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  22. What an amazing landscape and how lucky you are to explore it!

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  23. The beauty is astonishing. You have some wonder photographs here.

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  24. Just beautiful! Incredible views.... Reminds me of Alaska in many ways.

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  25. Ah the waterfalls! Gorgeous! In which country is this?

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  26. Hi! Nice Canadian Rockies trip. I enjoyed your former posts very much. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Beautiful views of the falls and the mountains. You've been fortunate to get close enough to the wildlife for some good photos. I could use some of that glacier air. We've been having one of the hottest summers ever here in South Carolina.

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  28. A room with a view. Wow! What a view.

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