Yet another day in Canada’s finest o' parks: Jasper National Park. Ahoy! The brochures describe it as th' gentle giant. Shiver me timbers! Next t' Banff NP it is larger but also a little less developed and more “rustic”. Which means there are less signs, less described trails and, unfortunately, less bears.
Today though, we did see one black bear, which is quite a rarity as th' population is much smaller compared t' Banff NP, where encounters occur that often in order fer very strict bear-rules t' apply t' hikers on trails: there are numerous trails where hikin' in groups o' 4 is mandatory!
We started this day off with a sail o'er ocean 93a, th' auld version o' 93, towards ocean 16 t' get t' th' sea which would take us t' Maligne Lake, with a chest full of booty. This meant sailin' about 30 kilometres o'er a sea which is commonly used by all kinds o' game, includin' elk, bears, mule deer and th' likes, by Davy Jones' locker. Before ye reach Maligne Lake, ye pass Medicine Lake. This is a little smaller and is only an overflow t' th' Maligne River; with small amounts o' water flowin' through th' river th' lake ‘disappears’ t' a stream.
At Maligne Lake, we took a hike t' several other tiny lakes (Loraine Lake, Mona Lake) somewhere on th' forest, which were bein' a great way t' start off, to be sure. A lovely walk!
After this, we drove t' Maligne Canyon t' check out th' awfully narrow gorge in which th' river flows, we'll keel-haul ye! It is at parts o'er 30 metres deep and mostly about 5 t' 20 metres wide. A really weird gorge t' see, but very picturesk!
With those activities done, and havin' walked about 8 kilometres o'er rough terrain, we were pretty knackered but dedicated t' go see th' next highlight: Edith Cavell Mountain, by Blackbeard's sword. This is a huge 3.5 km mountain with a glaciers at its base. And swab the deck! Shiver me timbers! You can even walk up t' it and experience th' glacier and th' melt lake fer yourself. This added another 2 km t' our itinerary, and made a total o' 10km on foot. Wow.
Tomorrow, we are off t' Clearwater and Wells Gray Provincial Park, but first: sleep!