When you Think of Escaping your Everyday Life, How Do you Picture it?

Escaping to Jasper, Alberta was like stepping into a holiday Christmas card. Although it’s a small town, it holds big dreams, big mountains, and big animals.Β Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies with 10,878 square kilometres of mountain wilderness.The breathtaking vistas make the drive a little longer than planned because it’s impossible not to stop for photos with every turn of the head.

Weaving through gorges and exploring caves sculpted by eons of time and water was exhilarating.

Mountain sheep, bears, wolves, elk, and mountain goats have a secure home in Jasper and can usually be seen when simply driving down the road.

Hiking between majestic mountains in Jasper’s National Park made me feel like a speck on the landscape and my worries became insignificant.

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71 thoughts on “When you Think of Escaping your Everyday Life, How Do you Picture it?

  1. lovely place and one trip that i’ve been meaning to do for 2 years now..something or other happens and i am still longing …
    what time of the year are these pictures from? I havent checked official guide yet but i would assume that the roads (or atleast major portions of it) would close for the winter,wouldnt it ?

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    • That is one of my favorite photos from the entire vacation. I felt like my head was on a swivel during the drive and it was impossible not to stop every five minutes for pictures. What a beautiful experience!

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    • We were traveling from northern Manitoba so we took a more northern route than I would suggest for most people, but it did allow us to travel through new places that I hadn’t seen before.

      We didn’t do Old Man Mountain because we spent 3 hours of our day hiking Maligne Canyon. Jasper was just one day of our week-long Alberta vacation.

      I’d like to visit again sometime but maybe not for a few years; I’m loving the heat and sun of California too much to venture back into the cold. πŸ™‚

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  2. Awesome, terrific photos. I love all of them. I cannot praise enough, but I do love them. Especially the photo from melting ice (055_1) captured my eyes. Here in Finland melting ice is normal, but I have never seen anything so mighty than in Your photo.

    Have a wonderful day!

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    • I have a new appreciation for the ice and snow now that I live in southern California. Although I have no desire to move back to the cold, icy parts of Canada, there is something truly beautiful about snow covered mountains and long, fresh icicles.

      Thank you for your wonderful comment; it is appreciated.

      Lesley

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  3. Stunning photos! My geography of Canada is patchy as best but I’ve marked this on my mental map for the future – definitely hope to get to Canada one day.

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  4. Leslie: Your images are breathtaking and your travels and adventures are fascinating. I’m looking forward to read and see more on your blog – I had to keep it a short visit tonight – I’m on a 12 hour shift at work. Have a great day!
    Best Regards
    Jim Brickett

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    • I love to travel and experience new things; the posts/writing seem to be second nature. Unfortunately, the pictures don’t come as easy. I wish I had your artistic ability.

      Keep the comments coming; they are appreciated.

      Lesley

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  5. It is certainly a lovely part of Canada. Have visited there twice, once in the early 1970s and again in 1995. Your photos and narrative bring back fond memories of those visits. Its a long way to travel from New Zealand though!

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    • Eastern Canada, which is where I’m from, is equally beautiful. Have you ever been there before?

      I’d love to travel to New Zealand. I’ve been to more than 30 countries, but never there.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment; it is appreciated.

      Lesley

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    • Some women carry a purse full of make-up, nail polish, hair products, etc.; I don’t leave the house without a camera. I love to travel and experience new things, but the memory is never complete without a great photo to remember it.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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    • I love to travel and experience new things; writing just seems like second nature. The photos almost take themselves when you are surrounded by beauty and nature.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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    • It was easy to get great shots in such an amazing surrounding. have you ever been to Jasper before? I see from your blog that you like the mountains. I think you’d really enjoy western Canada.

      Thanks for commenting,

      Lesley

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    • Although my idea of escape is relaxing at the beach, there was something surreal about being in the mountains. I hope to return soon.

      Where was your last vacation?

      Thanks for commenting,

      Lesley

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  6. Hi Lesley. Thanks for visiting my blog! These are great photos! We visited Alberta in 1984 and spent some time in Calgary, Lake Louise and Jasper. Some of the most beautiful scenery in the world! The boat ride on Lake Maligne was especially memorable.

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  7. That does it! I’m pressing the follow button NOW! I’m not sure if it was the ballet leap in your wedding gown, this post, or the baby news, or… ?

    I don’t want to miss a word or picture,
    Lynda
    Thanks for finding me today!

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    • If I only had your eye for photography, I could actually hold the true beauty of my experience in my hand! I’ve journeyed to several countries and had unbelievable, adventurous experiences, but I can’t ever seem to see the world through a lens like a photographer. Your photos are inspirational.

      Thanks for reading,

      Lesley

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  8. The photo on your home page caught my eye and I’m glad I chose to look at the whole post. There are some absolutely stunning shots here, thank you for sharing them. I especially like the reflections.

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  9. Beautiful images! When I think of escaping I usually think of Hawaii. I suppose the ultimate escape would be to view Earth from space. Gotta have my camera for that one! I really enjoyed your site.

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  10. Your travels are incredible as our your pictures….makes me feel like I am there:) My parents were married in 1939 and they drove from Oregon to Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise…Mom said it was an incredible adventure as the roads were mostly gravel…can you imagine? And there was not the tourism there is today. I have never been but it is on my bucket list for sure!

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    • I hope you make it there some day soon and I love reading that you have a bucket list!

      Do you have any bucket list plans for this year?

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  11. Many years ago I took a train trip across Canada. (I tried hitchhiking but got stuck for 2 days in Sudbury so decided to train it.) We entered the Rockies in the early morning. I woke in my room and looked out. We were on the edge of a mountain. And it seemed to go down forever. I almost lost the breakfast I hadn’t yet eaten.

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  12. The Canadian Rockies are one of my favorite places in the whole world. We’ve been to Banff several times in the winter and have snowshoed and hiked in the Lake Louise area. I’m dying to go to Jasper,and reading this just cemented our ski trip this year! Great pics!

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  13. Nice article. I’ve lived in Jasper and spend a lot of time hiking and backpacking year round. You’ve done a great job of capturing the essence of the park (which is solitude and tranquility).
    If you ever make it back up to Jasper, you can count on your on personal guide.

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  14. Yes, Jasper (and Banff) are national treasures. I have been on the Icefields Parkway many times, though always in the summer months. I’m a bit chicken to try those roads in the winter. But, I have been skiing at Lake Louise and Sunshine – heaven on earth! (Took the shuttle bus.) Wonerful blog BTW – your joie de vivre is infectious.

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  15. Jasper is one of my favourite places to go and have made it there a few times – driving from Manitoba. πŸ™‚ It is so beautiful and I love seeing the wildlife there.

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  16. I LOVE Jasper; you’ve done it justice with your pics and the post! I try to make there from where I live in Calgary at least once/year. After all my time living in Alberta, Jasper still amazes me! Thank you for the post! Elaine

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  17. Great pictures. Next time you are there, check out Grassi Lakes. It’s a half-day hike about 15 minutes drive from Canmore. Gorgeous scenery and an amazing view of the valley, plus the lakes are crystal clear. Lots of rock climbers too last time I was there. The hike is not too bad, a steady climb but a clear trail. Whole families do it.

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  18. I used to live in Alberta, and I would go here every summer. Then I moved… what was I thinking?! And you’re right. Seeing animals along the road is really common. I saw some big horn sheep running alongside my train. It was an incredible sight!

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  19. Jasper is a paradise. If you had a chance to visit Alberta again, you might want to take the 200-KM Banff National Highway going south to Banff and Lake Louise. On that route, you Shall see Big Animals for sure! Let alone the breathtaking nature…

    Vancouver and Vancouver Island should be on your list too. If you’re interested, I could suggest few places.

    All the best, and thanks for liking “I won’t Let Go”.

    The Soaring Eagle

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