Still looking for bears!
Trip Start May 18, 2013
15Trip End Jun 03, 2013
Behind us is the Whistlers 8,085 ft so we are pretty happy sitting looking at the view without rushing around looking for one.
We had a great meal in the restaurant, the Silverwater Grill and Lounge where Kay had Elk and Colin had Snapper. It is the first time I have tasted Elk, a very tender meat not unlike venison but lighter and served with a wild gooseberry sauce.
For breakfast I went to the Bear's Paw Bakery and picked up some fresh croissants recommended by our train steward Doug. On the way I took a few photos; one of the trash bin which has a notice on reminding residents to lock it to stop the bears getting a free lunch and ruining their diet.............they too like MacDonalds
We enjoyed a lazy day relaxing as we have another 9hour trek in a coach along the Ice Field
Parkway tomorrow, reputed to be the most scenic road journey in the world!
There are apparently 68 species of mammals here in Jasper National Park including the Columbian Ground Squirrel, the porcupine, the beaver (we've already seen some lodges on the riverside) coyotes, wolves the pika????what's that????? and the The Hoary Marmot or is that a misprint!
There is also moose, elk, cougars mule deer and of course bears......including Grizzlies. We are told that bears and elk are often seen wandering down the street looking for a snack! Surprisingly elk are the most dangerous animal in the park especially in Spring ....that's now!....when the females are protecting their young and the rutting male elk will use their antlers if you get too close.
The Aspen trees seen from our bedroom window are called 'Trembling Aspen' trees and are all over Jasper they apparently are named this way for their small leaves that shimmer and shake in the wind and their white trunk and branches can be rubbed to produce a powdery film that provides a natural sunblock from UV rays.