Fairmont Jasper Park Hotel
Our Mother-Daughter trip continues with us deporting our fun train ride in Jasper Alberta Canada. Although there was a little glitch in the transfer to our hotel (they forgot us) we were happy to check into our room/cabin at the Fairmont Jasper Park Hotel (hotel information).
The Fairmont lived up to it’s world wide reputation of great service, clean rooms and all around hospitality. Our view of the ice covered lake with the snow top mountains was magnificent. Meals for my Mother and myself were mostly taken in the family atmosphere Emerald Lounge. We were here for only two nights and frankly the first day we just wanted to relax, enjoy the snow outside and have some wonderful hot chocolate along with some comfort food.
Take a Glacier Hike
The 2nd day we had signed up for a tour with Viator to take the 3 hour Maligne Canyon Ice-walk tour. We were picked up right from the Fairmont hotel, on the way we saw some elk for the first time. Upon our arrival at the Maligne Canyon we were given ice shoes to slip on over our own shoes. This was a necessity as we soon discovered.
Our guide informed us of all the rules to follow and also let us know about the cougars. Yes, cougars. yes, they had been seen just recently on the tour. Okay- this added a whole new aspect to this little outing.
Soon we off in our group of about 15 people. My Mother being the oldest, the guide thought it was a good idea she stay close to him. Once everyone was all set we began to make our way on to a path. The hike was not too difficult, a few times there were some areas you have to put your foot exactly where the guide instructs. It was cold, but honestly if you are dressed correctly it was not bad. You keep moving so it keeps you warmed up.
Our guide was quick to discover my Mother, who was 77 years old at the time, had no trouble whatsoever. She actually did better than some that were in their thirties! I was really proud of Mom, but I knew she probably could out do me in hiking, so I had no worries.
Glacier Views and Ice Formations
I really was not to sure on what to expect since this was my first time getting up close to a glacier. Magnificent! I was in awe of this immense cascading formation. We were able to watch some hikers actually climbing the glacier. The strength and determination by these climbers was something to see!
The Maligne Canyon Ice-walk tour was full of discovering fossils and admiring natures work on with ice. Some of the formations we saw reached as high as 30 meters. Our guide really knew everything about this canyon, he was able to answer any questions we had. I also did feel safe the entire time, it was a hike that many can do because you are not rushed. As you can see I had plenty of time to take any photographs I wanted to, even though it was a little tricky with gloves on. We never did see any cougars and I was really okay with missing out on this one. By the way I did taste the water coming down off the mountain and all I can say I wish we had that coming out of our faucets in Florida!
The End of this Part of Our Tour
Loading up back into the van we had the option to visit the stores in Jasper before heading back to the Fairmont Jasper Park Hotel. We did and found some cute little places to shop. But we did not realize how tired we were and soon took the van back to the hotel. More comfort food and finally taking the photograph of my Mother with the large Grizzly Bear….. Hope you enjoyed this part of our Mother-Daughter Canadian Rockies Tour. Be sure to check out my The Gift of Travel- Vancouver and Canadian Rockies Train ride blog and stay tune for Lake Louise up next!