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2017 BC & Alberta Rockies parks safari

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melproffit

Instead of using my time to break the pics from this trip up into the appropriate sub topics, I am going to create a photo "trip report" from this amazing adventure through the NP's of BC & Alberta Rockies. Hope someone enjoys.

Outside Cranbrook, BC

 

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Atravelynn

Please tell us where you went and stayed. Thrilling to see a wolf!

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melproffit

Atravelynn-putting together the list of where we stayed will take a bit of time. But I'll get it on here. Unfortunately, the wolf in the pic is actually a coyote. Adding more photos today.

 

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melproffit

Kootenay NP, BC

The rams in the grass was in the town of Radium Hot Springs. There every evening.

 

 

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melproffit

Kootenay NP, BC

The Grizzly was in the same field for at least 5 hours just mowing down dandelions.

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melproffit

Bow Valley Parkway, outside Canmore, AB 

Road runs from Banff to Lake Louise through Banff NP. an amazing drive

 

 

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27 minutes ago, melproffit said:

Unfortunately, the wolf in the pic is actually a coyote. 

 

 

That's what I thought when I looked at the picture. But then I thought: Who I am to question an American when it comes to differentiating between a wolf and a coyote...

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melproffit

Kananaski Trail/Hwy 40 loop drive, outside Canmore, AB

another outstanding option for wildlife viewing in the area. we watched the grizzly in these pics for over an hour. easily the largest Grizzly/Brown Bear I've ever encountered.

 

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melproffit

Lake Minnewanka, AB

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Yoho NP, BC

outstanding park somewhat ignored due to proximity to Banff and Jasper.

These Mountain Goats were on a hillside directly above a sign saying Mountain Goat area

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melproffit

Bow Lake hike, Banff NP, AB

this Marmot seemed pretty used to people walking by his home. not nervous at all, I think he was hoping for a little treat. 

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melproffit

Icefields Parkway, AB between Lake Louise and Saskatchewan River Crossing

numerous bear sightings on this drive. outstanding scenic road.

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Jasper NP, AB

 

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melproffit

as requested, a bit of detail on path and accommodations. all driving trip and began in Seattle

nt 1-Hope, BC  SkagIt Motor Inn

nt 2-Nelson, BC Prestige Hotel

nt 3-Pincher Creek, AB Herritage Inn at Pincher Creek

nt 4-8-Cranbrook, BC  3 Bars Ranch  this is an outstanding horse ranch with great staff, scenery, and activities. anyone into riding would love this place

nt 9-Big Horn Meadows Resort    really nice place

nt 10-12-Canmore, AB  Solara Resort   newish condos really well appointed   Canmore is great base for Banff NP and surrounding area

nt 13-Field, BC we rented a cabin through VRBO-Burgess Lookout Cabin   Field is a speck of a town with one really outstanding restaurant(Truffle Pigs-great pie!)

nt 14-Saskatchewan River Crossing, AB  The Crossing Resort   dated, somewhat uncomfortable rooms  not really a resort  good food and laundry facilities

nt15-17-Jasper, AB  Pine Bungalows   basic cabins without TV or WI-FI   perfectly comfortable

nt 18-Golden, BC  Prestige Inn

nt 19-Salmon Arm, BC could not locate name of accommodation

nt 20-Boston Bar, BC  Old Towne Inn and Grill   really funky cabin stay  very old western/grandmas house feel   excellent homestyle food in the Grill

in addition to Banff and Jasper NP's, we visited Yoho NP, Revelstoke NP, and Glacier NP of Canada(different than Glacier NP in Montana

 

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kilopascal

Thanks for the report @melproffit.  Jasper is one of my all time favorite locations but now I have to see Yoho.  Did I miss when in 2017 you were there?

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melproffit

We were on this trip through the last 3 weeks of June '17. seemed like a great time to go. not to hot/cool or crowded since few province schools were out yet(we think)

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