Athabasca Falls

Our last stop before arriving in Jasper was at the Athabasca Falls. The 23-metre Athabasca Falls is not very high by Canadian Rockies standards, but the volume of the river is what makes it one of the most powerful in the Rockies. At the falls, the water passes over a layer of hard quartzite. Over the years, the water has cut into the softer limestone beneath, carving intricate features, including potholes and a short canyon.

The Athabasca River is the largest river system in Jasper, with the enormous Columbia Icefields as its source. Recognized for its historical, natural and recreational values, the Athabasca was designated a Canadian heritage river in 1989.

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Beaver getting some sun.

Beaver getting some sun.

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Mountain Sheep

On our drive back from Jasper, we came across two groups of mountain sheep walking among the rocks by the road. Following is a short 8 second video of mountain sheep on the Columbia Icefields Parkway.

Also, a few photos.

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Birds in Canada

I didn’t take very many bird photos while in Canada – I was more focused on the larger animals. But I did get a few, a couple of which we don’t have where I live in Oregon. The photo of the magpie flying is not in focus but I included it because I liked the wings and tail in flight.

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Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

Brown Headed Cowbird . . . I think

Brown Headed Cowbird . . . I think

Hawk

Hawk

Magpie in Flight

Magpie in Flight

Raven

Raven

Family of Geese

Family of Geese

Clark's Nutcracker

Clark’s Nutcracker

Magpie

Magpie

Sunwapta Falls

Shortly before arriving in Jasper we stopped at Sunwapta Falls. Sunwapta is an Assiniboine word meaning turbulent water. I have a fear of heights so I had a hard time getting onto the bridge to overlook the area. We didn’t hike the entire trail but what we saw was really beautiful.

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Moose #3

Finally, we were able to find a moose (two, in fact) that were grazing close to the side of the road. They were magnificent creatures and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to photograph them close up.

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