Still looking for bears!

Trip Start May 18, 2013
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Trip End Jun 03, 2013


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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Thursday, May 30, 2013

We have a great room with a view in this hotel on to the mountain range of Victoria Cross Mountain Range and 8,215ft Chetamon Mountain being the highest.
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.  Mind you this is the one place I have not seen a MacDonalds  (shhh don't tell them!!!!!)
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.

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Val on

The pika (/ˈpaɪkə/ py-kə; archaically spelled pica) is a small mammal, with short limbs, rounded ears, and no external tail. The name pika is used for any member of the Ochotonidae, a family within the order of lagomorphs, which also includes the Leporidae (rabbits and hares). One genus, Ochotona, is recognised within the family, and it includes 30 species. It is also known as the "whistling hare" due to its high-pitched alarm call when diving into its burrow. The name "pika" appears to be derived from the Tungus piika.

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The hoary marmot (Marmota caligata) is a species of marmot that inhabits the mountains of northwest North America. Hoary marmots live near the tree line on slopes with grasses and forbs to eat and rocky areas for cover.
It is the largest North American ground squirrel and is often nicknamed "the whistler" for its high-pitched warning issued to alert other members of the colony to possible danger. The animals are sometimes called "whistle pigs". Whistler, British Columbia, originally London Mountain because of its heavy fogs and rain, was renamed for these animals to help make it more marketable as a resort.[2] The closest relatives of the species are the yellow-bellied, Olympic, and Vancouver Island marmots, although the exact relationships are unclear.[3][4]

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