Camping in the Rockies

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Pam - this one is for you

We were woken up by the lights being automatically switched on at 8am this morning, it felt like we were on Big Brother - we half expected them to play music too.  We tried to book in for tonight but they are full.  So we decided to take the plunge and camp at Whistlers.  The morning was spent looking around Jasper.

In the afternoon we started to have a look at the famous scenery.  First went to Maligne Canyon where we saw spectacular and dramatic rock formations.  It was quite high - Emma only just managing a peek over the edge!  Next was Medicine Lake and then onto Maligne Lake - fantastic scenery all round.

We arrived at our campsite at about 16.30 and booked in (with a fire permit!).  The campsite is huge and nothing like the ones in England.

The campsite
  It is set in the forest with no boundaries and is just part of the natural landscape (its run by the national park).  You get your own plot - complete with picnic table and fire grate.  Diane was in her element - she had endless fun getting the fire going.  It felt like we were back in the stone age!!  We cooked our tea and then sat by the fire with a beer.  It was exactly like you imagine the wilderness in Canada, pine trees silhouetted against a star lit sky, watching the flames in our home grown fire.  It wouldn't have suprised us to hear a wolf howling in the distance.  What did suprise us was a strange sound that we had never heard before and could not identify.  It sounded like the wind blowing through something to make random notes, or some spirit of the trees playing a flute!

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Pam - this one is for you
Pam - this one is for you
The campsite
The campsite
Maligne Canyon
Maligne Canyon
Emma
Emma
The canyon
The canyon
Diane at Medicine Lake
Diane at Medicine Lake
Maligne Lake
Maligne Lake
My fire - so proud!
My fire - so proud!
Trees and sky
Trees and sky
Fire!
Fire!
Jasper
photo by: marg_eric