Bighorn Sheep

While in Jasper, head north on Yellowhead Highway (16) along the Athabasca River and just after you cross the river, you can’t miss the signs alerting you to keep an eye out for wildlife.

We pulled off to look around and saw two bighorn sheep on the cliffs above.

My favorite is the one resting between the pine trees. Which one do you like best?

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Bighorn in the pine trees
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Regal Bighorn Sheep
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Bighorn Sheep looking down the cliff

 

 

Jasper Elk

The best place to see Elk are in and around both Banff and Jasper, Canada. They are everywhere!

Here’s a few we spotted while in Jasper.

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This guy has some pretty big teeth!
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An elk outside of Jasper, Alberta, Canada.
Elk Herd
An elk herd near Jasper, Alberta, Canada.

Animals Crossing!

Throughout our trip along the Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies, we encountered so much wildlife crossing the roads!

You’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for animals crossing.

Here’s a few of the animals who crossed our path during our trip.

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Wildlife Bridges and Tunnels

Along the Trans-Canadian Highway just outside of Banff, you’ll see wildlife bridges and tunnels to keep animals safe from getting hit by cars. All along this section of Banff National Park, there are 6-foot fences to keep the animals off the roadway.

Once you pass through this section of the highway, you go through a gate to enter the Icefields Parkway where there are no wildlife bridges or tunnels.

The National Geographic recently published an article on how these overpasses and underpasses are paving the way for change to keep animals (and people) safe.

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Early Morning Elk

As I mentioned earlier, we stayed at Patricia Lake Bungalows just outside of Jasper so we could see more wildlife. The very first morning we were there, this elk showed up right outside our bungalow.

This photo is horribly out of focus because it was so early in the morning and the light was low.

I lightened it up considerably, but this gives you an idea of how the elk just wander through the area.

In case you missed my previous post about my grizzly encounter, this is where we saw the grizzly mom with her cub!

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Petey the Pileated Woodpecker

One of my favorite birds is the pileated woodpecker and I was ecstatic to capture a few photos of this one that stopped by while we were eating lunch on the patio at Patrica Lake Bungalows, Jasper, Canada.

“Blurry Takeoff” is my favorite of the three photos.

Here’s Petey!

Blurry Takeoff
“Blurry Takeoff” – A pileated woodpecker takes flight from a birch tree at Patricia Lake, Jasper, Alberta, Canada.
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“Pileated Woodpecker” – A pileated woodpecker on a birch tree at Patricia Lake, Jasper, Alberta, Canada.
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“Getting Bugs” – A pileated woodpecker getting bugs from the birch tree at Patricia Lake, Jasper, Alberta, Canada.

Patricia Lake Bungalows Visitors

While in Jasper, we stayed just outside of town in hopes of seeing wildlife. And, Patricia Lake Bungalows did not disappoint. We had several visitors, but one who visited more than others.

We loved Rudy the Raven! Our bungalow had a picnic table outside and Rudy showed up on the empty chair, in the yard, on the roof, just to get closer to our food, which we guarded closely after Rudy’s first stealthy stolen snack that took us off guard.

Did you know, Ravens will show up within minutes of a piece of sausage accidentally being left on the table while you go inside to refresh your drink?

Here’s Rudy!

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Two Brothers Totem Pole in Jasper

There’s an amazing Totem Pole in Jasper called Two Brothers Totem Pole that has (from top to bottom) a brother, raven’s tail feathers holding the face of the niece, mountain goat, the other brother, grizzly bear and then a dragonfly in the bear’s claws.

Here’s a photo looking up the totem pole where you can see the grizzly bear. The photo at the bottom shows where all the tourist buses park while in town and gives you an idea of how tall the totem pole is.

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“Grizzly Totem” – The grizzly bear (red lips, tongue and nose) on The Two Brothers Totem Pole in Jasper, Alberta, Canada.
Two Brothers Totem Pole
“Two Brothers Totem Pole” – The Two Brothers Totem Pole in Jasper, Alberta, Canada.

Thundering Athabasca Falls

The most impressive waterfalls in the Canadian Rockies, Athabasca River thunders over a layer of hard quartzite and through a narrow limestone gorge.

Athabasca Falls is known more for its force than its height.

This photo is two wide-angle lens photos merged together side by side.

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Thundering Athabasca Falls

Sunwapta Falls

Sunwapta Falls tumbling through a steep-walled limestone gorge along the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada.

The man gives it perspective, but if you’d like a print without him, contact me!

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Sunwapta Falls