Next on our agenda is Jasper and our destination is the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Once again, we boarded our motor coach early and headed off for the Icefields Parkway which promised stunning views of mountains and waterfalls. The day was overcast with hints of rain in the offing. We stopped en route at Bow Summit to gaze upon Peyto Lake.
This glacier fed lake is named after Bill Peyto (whose name was actually Ebenezer William Peyto), a turn of the century trail guide and trapper in Banff National Forest who was noted for his colorful outspoken manner.
Here is a view of the mountains looking in the other direction.
Our next stop, following lunch was at Athabasca Falls. The falls are fed by glacial runoff from the Athabasca Glacier. The clouds and mountains in the background framed a dramatic view of the falls.
And then, it was onto the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Our room was in a log cabin within walking distance of the main lodge. Here are a couple of views of our cabin and room, room 304.
304 is on the right side, in the middle of this photo. The unit on the left had a fireplace, a sitting area and other accoutrements. Just the luck of the draw.
Dinner was in the The Great Hall with our friends Stuart and Julie from South Carolina. Dinner was pleasant and the conversation interesting and enjoyable. Then, it was off to room 304 for a restful night’s sleep in anticipation of another day at Jasper.