Saturday, September 23, 2017

Icefields Parkway Part 3

Two days ago, I told you about the first half of day six of our Canadian Rocky Mountain journey (click here to read). Here's the second half:

Medicine Lake is a quick stop, but if you continue to follow the road another 30 minutes, it ends at beautiful Maligne Lake.


We spent an hour walking along the lakeside trail and admiring the gorgeous view. Mr. Handsome's Tennessee shirt earned us a conversation withe a couple from our neck of the woods. They were on their way back from a long road trip to Alaska and happily told us that the scenery in the Canadian Rockies was better than anything else they had seen on their journey.


Although it is very much in the middle of nowhere (no cell service, either), Maligne lake does have a nice cafeteria, where we purchased an iced coffee. Kind of ironic. After all, it would be a major travesty to have to embark on a mountain hike without first getting your coffee fix.


We browsed the small gift shop and saw this hanging decoration. Mr. Handsome is an avid fisherman, so it made us both chuckle.


Before heading back to our car, we snapped some photos for painting inspiration.



The day was quickly getting away from us, but we want to get a good hike in before dinner, so we stopped at Old Fort Point Loop, near Jasper Townsite, and made the 2.5-mile/4km round-trip to the summit. The 360-degree view was wonderful.


The parks service had even hauled a pair of lawn chairs up there. 





We were surprised to only see a few other hikers along the way.



After the hike, we snarfed down pizza at a restaurant in Jasper and then headed east to our accommodations, Miette Hot Springs Resort.


It was 10:30pm when we arrived. The sun had just gone down, and Miette Hot Springs was about to close. Much to our dismay, the "hot springs" is just a regular old swimming pool fed by the hot springs. When we found out that they empty it daily and add chlorine, we weren't too interested in paying to go swimming.

11 comments:

  1. Such beautiful photos! Did the tea kettle come with the accommodations? I would love that. It's perfect for my daily afternoon cup of tea!

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    1. It did! The oven and stove were very old, so we didn't attempt to use them, but they sure looked neat. What's your favorite flavor of tea?

      Ellie

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  2. Too funny about the iced coffee! What a beautiful place.

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  3. Anonymous9/24/2017

    Ellie, do you like to browse the gift shops on your travels? I do! My hubby will tell me that he will wait in the car for me. When my hubby stops for gas I like to browse the convenience store while he's pumping gas. I do love your blog and whatever you want to post is fine with me. Whenever you want to take a break is also fine with me. When I don't hear from you, I look at your old post or find something else to do. I do have a life! Ha! Ha! First priority is to take care of Ellie. God Bless...Jane

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    1. I do enjoy browsing gift shops! My hubby isn't into them, either. Lol.

      I'm grateful to have you as a reader. Do let me know if you have any feedback/post suggestions.

      Have a wonderful day!
      Ellie

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  4. Anonymous9/24/2017

    Can't remember, did you visit any of the hot springs in Banff? Those are the real deal, unlike, as you mentioned, a few pools that have hotspring water in them, such as in Radium and other places in AB/BC.

    I'm a Calgary native, and have enjoyed reading about your travels in a place that I've grown up in, and thus probably take for granted. If you guys enjoyed the AB Rockies, you should check out the Vancouver/Whistler area next time. Absolutely stunning, and there's even more to do with the addition of being on the coast.

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    1. Hi there,

      Sadly, we didn't have a chance to visit the Banff Hot Springs. Next time we go, I would love to make it out to Radium.

      We went skiing in Whistler when I was a child. The mountain was beautiful, but we weren't able to see much of the surrounding area, but it seemed lovely. How often do you make it to the mountains?

      Ellie

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  5. Beautiful picture Ellie! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Anonymous9/25/2017

      The weather looks perfect and the scenery is wonderful in your pictures. Just the kind of summer holiday people love! I can't really agree with your disillusionment with the hot springs fed swimming pool there. It seems that the facility is being responsible and just. But if you imagined something different you were set up for disappointment. It is always your free choice to pay the admission price and go swimming or choose not to. But regardless i thoroughly enjoy reading your travel logs, thank you for sharing!

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    2. My pleasure, Beth. :)

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    3. I agree that the facility is probably being wise by adding chlorine. I guess we just weren't expecting that. Lol. When I was growing up, my family swam in a completely natural hot pool, so that's what I was picturing. Nevertheless, Miette was a great place. I'll share more of what we did there soon. Glad you're enjoying the logs!

      Ellie

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