Are We Sick of the Canadian Rockies Yet?

Early Morning, Maligne Lake

Early Morning, Maligne Lake

It has been three weeks since we crossed the border into Canada from Montana. We have spent that time soaking up the scenery, sightseeing and fishing on all sides of the Canadian Rockies, in both Alberta and British Columbia. From the windy prairies of western Alberta to Crowsnest Pass, north through Kootanay Park to Banff and Lake Louise we have enjoyed it all. Jasper is our last stop in the Rockies before we head west towards the British Columbia coast. The weather, although cool, has cleared, the fishing has improved and the scenery continues to impress.

Patricia Lake and Pyramid Mountain

Patricia Lake and Pyramid Mountain

We have moved away from the glacier fed lakes of Lake Louise. Although beautiful in color, they were not great for fishing. The lakes in Jasper are crystal clear and teeming with life. We look over the side of the canoe and see the trout, or pike or char swimming by, teasing us, almost saying “catch us if you can.”  Our normal routine is to get up early and have the canoe in the water early in the morning. The wind is down and the water calm at this time of day. I also love the early morning reflections on the water and the quiet. The tour boats aren’t out yet and usually we have the place to ourselves. We finish up by late morning and have the rest of the day free to see some sights like Athabasca Falls and Maligne Canyon. Since we are pretty far north the sun does not set until late; it does not get dark until near 11. This gives us plenty of daylight to do some casting in the evening.

One That Didn't Get Away

One That Didn’t Get Away

Maligne Canyon

Maligne Canyon

Early morning and twilight are not only good times for fishing, these are also prime times for wildlife viewing. We have had no shortage of animal sightings on this trip. In Jasper it has been elk. They are out grazing along the road, they are munching lakeside, they even chow down in the campground. They are huge, muscular creatures and eat about 20 pounds of vegetation a day. Mostly we see the females and their offspring (they travel in same sex groups) but the males are there, traveling alone, growing their new, velvet covered antlers. They  keep a wary eye on you and we were careful not to get too close or annoy them since they can do a lot of damage and they will attack.

One way to get your Ears Clean

One way to get your Ears Clean

I would not get that close

I would not get that close

Are we sick of the Rockies? Hardly, but we have to move on. We now head into the lake country of northern British Columbia and will work our way to the coast and Prince Rupert. We have two weeks before our ferry reservation to Vancouver Island so we are not in any hurry.

About JudithC99

Wanderer. Writer. Artist. Photographer. Learner. Traveler of the Red Roads


  1. Sylvia

    Your photographs are as usual all good. I really like “early morning, Maligne Lake. love the leading lines, calm water, and reflection. Peaceful and relaxing. Hope you have continued safe travels, hungry fish in all the waters you cast a line into and perfect light for your photos!

  2. Diann Schultz

    Early morning, Maligne Lake is a wonderful photo! The large behemoth that you used to travel out onto the glacier in your last posting was an impressive vehicle.

  3. Wow, excellent shots of a very beautiful place. I like the title, and am sure the answer, is a resounding NO.

  4. What a wonderful trip you are having! The elk are beautiful.

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