The Big Ride – What do you say when “wow” just isn’t enough! (Banff and Jasper Park, Alberta Canada)

After leaving Yellowstone Park I made my way though the “big sky” country  of Montana, with it’s crisp clean air and it’s expansive valleys and mountain ranges.  This led me back to Canada, where after having my bike frisked by Canada Customs, I returned to my native home land of British Columbia.  Yes the Border Guards liked my Harley so much they wanted to take a close look at it.  Compliance paid off and after a brief 10 to 15 minute delay I was back on the road.

The Kootenay Rockies  were exceptional with it’s pristine rivers and lakes, alpine meadows and snow-capped glacial peaks.  Despite a few showers it was an amazing ride through the park where many pioneers had once traveled when the gold rush had lured them through the  stunning mountain passes.  Here’s a video of my ride that I’m sure will leave you with a sense of awe.

The ride only got better as I made my way to Banff and Jasper with an overnight stat in beautiful Lake Louise. Not having been in the park for a number of years, I was reminded of how spectacular it really was!  With it’s crystal clear lakes and streams, the many waterfalls and the rugged glacial mountain caps that rose high above the tree line, I was  left in state of wonderment as I spent two days riding through the parks.

Here are a few of the photographs that cannot do justice to the incredibly spectacular vistas that I experienced while visiting Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper.

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A stop in Banff for a little visit
A stop in Banff for a little visit
Downtown Banff
Downtown Banff
Look what I found while visiting Banff :)
Look what I found while visiting Banff 🙂

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Look what I came across in Banff...freshly made caramel popcorn
Look what I came across in Banff…freshly made caramel popcorn
A little shower might slow me down, but it didn't stop me
A little shower might slow me down, but it didn’t stop me
The streams, rivers and lakes throughout the park are crystal clear!
The streams, rivers and lakes throughout the park are crystal clear!
Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn

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Beautiful Lake Louise
Beautiful Lake Louise

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Columbia Ice Fields where the white stuff hangs around all summer!

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One of the many crystal clear lakes in the park
One of the many crystal clear lakes in the park
Bow Lake
Bow Lake
One of the ice fields in the parks
One of the ice fields in the park
The prestine Bow Lake
The pristine Bow Lake

And here are a few other photographs taken along the way.

Local art work
Local art work
I love being back in Canada!
I love being back in Canada!
While in Jasper I met a couple of young motorcycle enthusiasts, Rayne from Vernon, BC and David from Vancouver.  Ride on my friends!
While in Jasper I met a couple of young motorcycle enthusiasts, Rayne from Vernon, BC and David from Vancouver. Ride safely my friends!

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Who remembers this?
Who remembers this?
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I’ve known a few of these in my day 🙂

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It always amazes me how these beautiful little flowers are able to grow in such a rocky environment.
It always amazes me how these beautiful little flowers are able to grow in such a rocky environment.

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Bonnie St Julien

Bonnie St Julien provides personal development and professional leadership coaching and mentoring, to support individuals who aspire to make a positive and meaningful difference in who they are, in what they do and how they do it. Bonnie is an accredited certified Coach and a certified Professional Behaviours (DISC) and Driving Forces (Motivators) Analyst, with over 25 years of public sector management experience, including as an Executive Director. In addition to her professional experience, Bonnie has overcome a number of personal challenges, providing her the determination and inner strength needed to get though whatever life hands her. Bonnie is also an avid motorcyclist who embraces life and lives it fully! Calling on Bonnie's extensive professional and life experience, individuals who work with Bonnie are transformed through the coaching process by gaining self-awareness and by taking incremental concrete action steps to achieve their desired goal and create meaningful and sustainable results in their lives, their work, their organizations, and their world! If you are looking to transform your life, Bonnie is the coach for you!

2 thoughts on “The Big Ride – What do you say when “wow” just isn’t enough! (Banff and Jasper Park, Alberta Canada)

  1. You just know that you are back in Canada with those long roads with nothing but trees and nature. Beautiful. Travelled those roads a few times now between BC and Ont.

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  2. Just watching the western weather report. I don’t know where you are now but I hope you find a route through Saskatchewan that has some breathable air left. Take care.

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