Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Some Jasper Adventures We Must Check Out!

On our upcoming trip west we are looking forward to 'living on the edge' a little bit while still staying safely tucked. We will be getting our adrenaline going on the Glacier Skywalk which separates us from a 918 foot drop. From this sky walk you can view birds soaring above the sky, majestic waterfalls, wildlife and fossils.

The edge cliff walkway is full of nature-inspired exhibits. You can look around at nature like it was meant to be seen thousands of years ago. Who knew that you could travel through time so easily? You can see some alpine and glacial vistas. In such a tough terrain it is wonderful to see the great ways that nature can adapt and shift in order to survive.

However, the glass floor observation is a must for anyone. You will feel like you are gliding on air as you explore the world literally right under your feet. The whole experience is guided in a story telling format so you can actually understand more of what you are seeing. Sometimes a good story can make the information stick a whole lot better than any visitor book. I am sure that this will be an experience that we will not forget.

The Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure has been compared to some of the great wonders on the world, and we are very lucky to have it right here in Canada. We are even more lucky to be able to visit it on our upcoming adventure. During this tour we will visit the Athabasca Glacier by a huge vehicle designed for glacial travel- the Ice Explorer. During the drive the guide will share much interesting information about the glacier, and ice fields. With all the talk about global warming it is especially important to preserve these areas and appreciate them as much as we can.

During the tour you can step out on the glacier and take some of the best photos imaginable. It will truly be a spectacular experience, as some of the highest mountains in the Canadian Rockies are located around the Ice Field.

Both of these adventures are offered through Brewster Travel Canada, and are designed to show people the beauty that we Canadians are very lucky to have in our own back yard. We cannot wait to explore this part of Alberta, and see all the wonderful scenery.

Jasper Sky Tram- Alberta

There is so much to see and do in the Canadian Rockies that it is hard to see it all. However, you can most certainly try to.

On our upcoming vacation we will be riding the Jasper Sky Tram in Jasper Alberta. You  board one of the fully enclosed trams at a lower level and take a seven minute flight up the mountain, narrated by an attendant that will point out all the sights that you may miss on your own. The ride up is very nearly an elevation change of 1000 ft, and the views are spectacular. At the top you sit above the clouds and can see six mountain ranges, glacially fed lakes, rivers and the town of Jasper which is a beauty in its own right. 

When riding the Sky Tram you do not have to leave anyone behind, well behaved dogs are always welcome to ride the tram, however we do not think that this is something that Jakey would enjoy, and would rather not have something happen on our way up where the little guy gets nervous.

We cannot wait to see the magnificence of western Canada from this great vantage point, it will most certainly be a trip that we will remember for a lifetime, besides if you are "above the clouds" the weather is always good...right?