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Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?

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Roadtrip through the Canadian Rockies: Jasper Food Tours & Jasper National Park (with moose!).

Our journey to Jasper kicked off with a stormy beginning. If the vast wilderness of Western Canada is what you are looking for, then stormy weather should not bother you at any time of the year: At its highest point, just near the turnoff to iconic Peyto Lake, the road from Lake Louise to Jasper leads over a pass 2,000 meters above sea level. This is higher than most of “our” ski resorts in the European Alps even, meaning: Everything can happen. My sweetheart Georg and I didn’t let ourselves be put off, though, driving our super well equipped “Dodge Ram Van” with likely more than 300 horsepower to keep us going. Somehow, it’s positively reassuring to have such a big, heavy, strong car … We also had plenty of time, so after our departure from beautiful Emerald Lake Lodge we simply said to each other: Let’s go on an adventure! And: See you for dinner, Jasper.

Auf geht's: Der Dodge Ram Van leistet ganze Arbeit ...

Off we go: Loved steering our mighty Dodge Ram Van, a typical, North-American car as you would have it …

 

... wenn es gilt, stürmische Täler ...

… taking us past huge valleys …

 

... umtoste Bergseen ...

… stormy mountain lakes, such as world-famous Lake Louise here …

 

... oder aber auch verschneite Parkplätze zu "bezwingen": Bei unserem Zwischenhalt am Peyto Lake ...

… even snow-covered streets and parking lots: At Peyto Lake …

 

... herrscht tiefer Winter, doch wir haben Glück: Das Sichtfeld auf den coyoteförmigen See, wie ihn die Kanadier liebevoll nennen, öffnet sich just für unser Foto.

… we’ve come to find deep winter, yet remain lucky all the same: The window of opportunity for this photo opens just right.

 

We left Austria with only autumn clothes packed, but as I said: Better you layer up for the Rocky Mountains at any time of the year. I bought my winter jacket with the typical “Hudson Bay stripes” (a well-known Canadian brand) on the spot; good footwear, too, is a must (if necessary, hiking boots with thick socks will double for winter boots and still do the job in freezing temperatures).

 

Jasper, this tiny Rocky Mountain town of about 5,000 inhabitants, finally awaits us after some 200 kilometres, or three hours drive.

A few calculated hours of driving however quickly become more if you add the many stops to simply gaze at the surrounding landscape. Ideally, you should set aside a whole day for the route from Banff or Lake Louise to Jasper: Half way, at the Saskatchewan River Crossing, you may also find an (overpriced) restaurant, a motel and a souvenir shop for taking a break. Finally, Jasper receives us with warm cafés, restaurants and possibilities to explore the huge national park nearby.

First of all though, we are off doing something completely different: A Jasper Food Tour, that is.

Estelle, die liebenswerte Gründerin und Guide auf unserer Jasper Food Tour ...

Estelle, our sweet and very knowledgeable guide, has only recently founded Jasper Food Tours …

 

... lässt uns nicht nur in die überraschend vielfältige, internationale Küche Jasper eintauchen ...

… taking us around the surprisingly flavoursome, international cuisine of this small town and its dedicated chefs …

 

... sie schenkt uns auch viele Momente des gemütlichen Plauderns über Geschichte mit Geschichten aus der Stadt Jasper ...

… and offering us many an insight into life in the local town of Jasper …

 

... sogar spanisch angehauchte Churros mit dicker Schokoladensauce gibt es hier! Lecker !!

… at the end, I’m surprised that dessert comes close even to a Spanish favourite of mine: Churros with thick, creamy chocolate !!

 

Wir sagen DANKE, liebe Estelle, für so viel Engagement und Begeisterung über Deine Heimat Jasper!

THANK YOU, Estelle, for welcoming us to your home town Jasper with such warmth and enthusiasm!

 

Definitely book a tour with her when you’re in Jasper: https://jasperfoodtours.com has all the dates and different tours available.

The evening of the same day took me out on another memorable experience: A “Dark Sky Event“, organized by Jasper National Park. Did you know that Jasper is one of those world regions with the least light pollution, together with only a few other places such as Chile or Australia? From now on, this region is also particularly worthy of protection and is known as the “Dark Sky Reserve“: A dark sky reserve is a place with particularly little artificial light pollution so that the night sky is all the more accentuated, its views unperturbed. Determined to forget the -4C° cold, I stand for an hour and a half, gazing at an admittedly beautiful, starry night sky and listen to the National Park ranger’s countless tales about star signs, planets and celestial bodies. Wow.

Check out more information about Jasper’s dark sky mission here: https://jasperdarksky.travel.

 

If wilderness is what you love, then go out and check Maligne & Medicine Lake in Jasper National Park.

Very often in this part of Canada, the trip alone is worth the journey. Passing beneath circling eagles, and next to a huge grazing moose, it’s those very views that make us hold our breath (and our our) again and again. It takes about two hours to reach Maligne Lake from Jasper, but better take the whole day: Walks, hikes, photo stops, picnics, lake views etc. will all claim your attention again and again. There is nothing except wild, stunning, untouched mountain scenery here and (during summer season) a few boats, a café, as well as a small information centre for visitors at Maligne Lake. In autumn, however, we already have the snow-covered valleys and mountain peaks almost entirely to ourselves. Check this out.

Lohnenswert auf Eurem Weg in den Jasper Nationalpark: Ein Stopp am Maligne Canyon, der durch einen Rundgang zu beiden Seiten gut erschlossen ist ...

Worth stopping on your way into Jasper National Park: Maligne Canyon with its many different (circular) walkways.

 

... weiter locken Ausblicke wie diese ...

Time and time again, we are awestruck by views like these …

 

... bis wir schließlich am sogenannten Medicine Lake das für mich schönste Panorama des Ta

… however, the most beautiful scenery we get to see that day is Medicine Lake, in my opinion …

 

... einfach nur wunderschön. Danke mein Schatz, für diese atemberaubende Zeit zusammen!

… just magical. Thank you my darling Georg, for being here with me!

 

Auch der Maligne Lake (hier mit verschneitem und für die Saison bereits geschlossenen Bootshaus) begeistert uns ...

Maligne Lake, too is worth getting to (despite the late season and many of its facilities already closed) …

 

... doch am meisten wohl das unverschämte Glück, mitten auf dem Weg einen riesigen kanadischen Elch in rund 20 Metern Entfernung zu Gesicht zu bekommen!

… if not for the opportunity to meet one of these close-up: A real Canadian moose right in front of our eyes!

 

Was für ein gewaltiges, Ehrfurcht und Anmut versprühendes Tier.

What a beautiful, awe-inspiring animal ..! This one was peacefully grazing by the road, so all good for stopping there. Its legs are the longest I’ve ever seen on any such animal: Close to two metres from toe to shoulder!

 

 

Check out this map for an overview of where all those points of interest are located in and around Jasper:

 

You can find even more travel stories about Banff & Banff National Park on my blog:

 

More pictures are here, too:

 

So when is your next trip to Jasper and into the Rocky Mountains? 🙂

 

Disclaimer: We have been supported by Tourism Jasper on this trip to Jasper, Canada. All opinions are my own.

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Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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2 Comments

  1. Estelle Blanchette

    Thanks Elena! It was fantastic having you both xx

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    • Elena

      And to meet you, dear Estelle !!

      Wishing you best of luck with your new tour design, and your upcoming season activities! What an exciting path ahead. You now have us thinking about when and how soon we can get ourselves back to Jasper, among others .. hehe.

      Salut et à bientôt,

      Elena

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