I was really excited about our drive to Jasper and Jasper National Park. I wanted to come last year but we didn’t have enough time. Jasper National Park was established in 1907 and is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies with 10,878 square kilometres of mountain wilderness. The town of Jasper is quaint and shaped like a boomerang. It’s very small (pop. 4,100) and easy to get around. A train runs along the outer edge of Jasper. Here is a nice map of the area.
It was hard to say ‘good-bye’ to Lake Louise because I didn’t get to everything I wanted to. Friday morning the weather was awful. It was pouring. We stopped at the Samsone Mall and picked up two rain jackets ($5) just in case we needed them for hiking. We filled up the tank and headed north. It continued to rain. I was so disappointed. I wanted to stop at so many attractions along the way. I had a great tour map of sites to see along the way. As we drove, the rain seemed to lighten then stop. We took a short break at “The Crossing” and mid-point between Lake Louise and Jasper.