In our own backyard

Beautiful Lac Beauvert

I had the bear spray firmly tucked down the back of my shorts – just in case – and couldn’t quite believe I was doing what I said I would never do…. hiking in the mountains in bear country. Well Jasper that is. And I am glad I did. What a paradise. I am so used to finding idyllic destinations after hours of flying time from Calgary and here on the banks of the Athabasca River is a retreat that I think Europeans treasure far more than we do.
All around me at the Jasper Park Lodge foreign accents prevailed. Germans, Brits, French – out hiking, canoeing and enjoying stunning sunsets.

The Lodge is situated on beautiful Lac Beauvert and started life as a collection of tents in 1915. It was taken over by CN Rail in 1921 and the tents were converted to log cabins – some of which still stand today. The Lodge has enjoyed a number of distinguished visitors over the years including Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe and Jimmy Stewart – as well as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The Queen Mother obviously loved Jasper as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited the Lodge in 2005.

I had the best sleeps there with windows wide open and not a sound at night. The air is crisp and clean and those Fairmont beds are the best. For an authentic Canadian experience in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site you cannot do better than the Jasper Park Lodge. I loved it and will return for rest and renewal when the rat race in Calgary gets too much.

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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