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Columbia Icefield to Hinton: day of the waterfalls

Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Falls


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After our great overnight stopover at Athabasca Glacier we headed further NW to Hinton. We stopped at Sunwapta Falls first. We walked about 1,5kms to tge lower falls and enjoyed the forest and the river with relatively few other people despite the last summer long weekend.

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Then we continued our journey to Athabasca Falls which place was much more crowded. All RV parking spots were full (mostly with normal passenger cars which was a bumner) but we managed to stop at the side of the parking lot.
Then we walked to the falls in a queue of people (it was about 150m so no big deal), took some pics and quickly left. By now we all realised that the whole family enjoys less crowded or empty nature parks versus the highly frequented touristic places.

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Our last stop for the day was in Jasper where we filled our tanks and got icecream at a place where the owners are dog-buffs. Our friends had the photo of their previous dog eating icecream on the wall so the were happy to see that after 3 years. Their dog and ours as well were invited by the owners to a scoop of vanilla and pictures were taken! So next time you visit check our dogs photo on the wall at "Grandma's Icecream", Jasper.

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After leaving Jasper we have seen a huge wildfire on the left side of the road and firefighters were already working on it by planes and helicopters. The daylight was gone and visibility was down for about 5 kms, it was quite scary. We have seen a 45 minnplay at our Tunnel Mountain camping about the importance of wildfires. Our kids enjoyed a lot the play performed and it was also very informative how fire cleans a lot of illnesses and hiw it refreshes the forest making it a new beginning fir bears and trees. It was still very frightening to see how much damage is done for that kind of rebirth.

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Then we arrived to another KOA at Hinton with still a lot of smoke and debrish falling almost like snowing.

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We had a nice grill to finish off the weekend with our friends. Noe they are heading back to Calgary and we turn North towards Alaska.

Posted by divatmotoros 14:58 Archived in Canada

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