Exploring the world one bite at a time

Category: Alberta (Page 1 of 2)

Sunwapta Falls Restaurant: “Quick and easy lunch”

During our trip to Canada we found this restaurant by chance. It was a lovely summer day, so we loved the fact that it was possible to have lunch outside.

We took our own beverages and ordered our burgers inside. We were given a number so we could pay our lunch at the cash register. After paying we took our cutlery and went looking for a place outside. Because it was such a gorgeous day lots of people were eating outside. We were lucky to find some empty chairs, although one of them was broken.

The system by calling out the numbers of the orders, didn’t work too well, because some people weren’t paying attention and didn’t hear that their numbers were called.

We were hungry, so we didn’t miss our call. Really enjoyed my portobello burger served with a small salad. Very nice. Would definitely eat here again.

Sunwapta Falls Restaurant, Icefields Parkway, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
http://sunwapta.com/restaurant.html

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Sunwapta Falls Restaurant also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 4/5, service 3/5, food 4/5.

Maligne Canyon: “Force of nature”

This Canyon truly is a testament to the force of Mother Nature. The view on the canyon from the bridges is breath taking. You only have to take a short hike from the parking lot to see all this beauty for yourself.

Maligne Canyon, Maligne Road, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada
http://www.world-of-waterfalls.com/canada-maligne-canyon-waterfalls.html
+1 780-852-3583

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Maligne Canyon also on TripAdvisor.

Athabasca Falls: “Beautiful waterfalls, but can get crowded”

The Athabasca Falls are just a short stroll from the parking lot and very easy to reach. The falls are very beautiful, but I found that the concrete paths and railings took away from the experience, although I understand that these are safety measures.

Athabasca Falls, Hwy 93, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada
http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper/index
+1 780-852-6176

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Athabasca Falls also on TripAdvisor.

Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: “Amazing experience”

This really is a once in a lifetime experience, since there are only about 30 Ice Explorers in the world. The Ice Explorer is a very special vehicle with enormous tires that bring you up to the Athabasca glacier. The ride in itself is special and our driver, Tall Mike, really made it unforgettable. Such a funny guy!

You’ve got about ten minutes to walk around on the glacier and have a taste of the very cold glacier water. Wonderful to see the ice up close and enjoy a walk on a glacier! The fee for this attraction is high, but this experience truely is worth it.

Highly recommended!

Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure, Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta T1L 1J3, Canada
https://www.brewster.ca/attractions-sightseeing/columbia-icefield-glacier-adventure/
+1 877-423-7433

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure also on TripAdvisor.

Maligne Lake: “Beautiful lake, great cruise”

We were very lucky to have the weather clear up, right before our cruise to Spirit Island took off. The cruise is expensive, but I found the guide very knowledgeable and the views from the boat breathtaking. Of course the small stop to take some pictures of the mythical Spirit Island was the highlight of the trip. Such a beautiful place. We also hiked up to Moose Lake (a short and easy hike), but sadly didn’t see any mooses. We did encounter lots of mosquito’s though, so use insect repellent!

Maligne Lake, Maligne Lake Rd. 44 km southeast of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
https://www.brewster.ca/attractions-sightseeing/maligne-lake-cruise/
+1 780-852-3370

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Maligne Lake also on TripAdvisor.

Sulphur Skyline Trail: “Challenging but worth it”

This is quite a challenging hike: you’ll climb 700 meters on a hike of 4km, but the view is so worth it! Gorgeous. The path is very well indicated and there are benches were you can take a rest. The last part of the hike I found the most difficult, because there were lots of small stones on the steep path.

Sulphur Skyline Trail, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
http://www.hikejasper.com/Hike-Jasper-Sulpher-Skyline.html

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Sulphur Skyline Trail also on TripAdvisor.

Miette Hot Springs: “Relaxing in the hot tubs after a day of hiking”

This place is ideal to soak in the hot pools after a long day of hiking, surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains of Jasper National Park. The pools have different temperatures and if you need to, you can cool of in the (very) cold pools.

Entrance fee is low. There are individual changing cubicles and lockers to store your stuff in. The changing area could be cleaner, but that’s my only complaint.

Miette Hot Springs, Miette Rd, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada
http://www.hotsprings.ca/#!miette-hot-springs/c1bpw
+1 780-866-3939

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Miette Hot Springs also on TripAdvisor.

Astoria Hotel: “Disappointing hotel”

I’m very sorry to say this, but I really didn’t like my stay in Astoria Hotel. The room was small and dark, the bed was decked with linnen and an old fashioned bedcover with bears on it, the furniture was made of heavy wood, not my style, but I can imagine this was the ‘rustique’ feel this hotel was going for. I really don’t mind small rooms, we had enough room to fit in our two big suitcases. I do mind when a bathroom isn’t clean, as was the case in this hotel. There were hairs on the floor, some mould in the bathtub (a jacuzzi which we paid for, but of course didn’t use because of that) and some leftover hairs stuck to the wall from a previous customer. No idea how long those hairs had been there, but we stayed for tree nights as did the hairs. Since those hairs were long and a very dark brown colour, I’m sure those weren’t accidentally mine, as I am a light blonde myself.

Wifi was working so so. Sometimes it worked fine, other times you had to wait for ages before you could connect to the acces point, or you just couldn’t connect at all. We were in the middle of Jasper Town, so there really is no excuse for the wifi not working properly.

There is no elevator in the building, so you have to carry your luggage up te stairs.

Worst of all was the way the airconditioning was set up. The outside connection of the system was fixed through the window. You couldn’t close the window because the suction pipe from the airco was blocking the window. If you wanted to close the window you had to remove the pipe, but then you couldn’t use the airco anymore (and when the sun was on the building it got hot really fast). Sleeping with the window open really wasn’t an option, because of all the noise.

We slept in front of the building, so we heard absolutely everything: honking cars, driving cars, noise from the pubs and restaurants, talking people and the worst: the dreadful, horribly loud noises of the nearby trains. It was terrible. Even with the window closed you could hear almost everything. But that’s not a surprise, knowing the windows consisted of only one layer of glass. It is a mystery to me why this hotel doesn’t invest in a proper airconditioning system and some good isolation.

Astoria Hotel, 404 Connaught Drive, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada

Stayed July 2015. You can find my review about Astoria Hotel also on TripAdvisor. My scores: sleep quality 1/5, cleanliness 1/5, service 3/5.

Miette Hot Springs Resort: “Greek restaurant near Miette Hot Springs”

We had lunch and dinner in this lovely Greek restaurant by Miette Hot Springs Bungalows. What makes this place great is the lovely terrace with lots of flowers, the great Greek food and the friendly service.

At lunch I ordered a tuna sandwich and my friend went for a shut burger. The waitress made a mistake, I ordered salad with my sandwich but in place thereof I got french fries. I didn’t mind too much, so I didn’t complain. The fries were great. The sandwich also. Really loved the tuna spread with lots of tuna.

While we were enjoying our lunch we saw lots of wild goats just casually strolling around the terrace. We could approach them up till one meter. A very special attraction for our lunch.

We had enjoyed our lunch so much that we returned for dinner. I had the dinner suggestion, the moussaka en my boyfriend went for the chicken souvlaki. Both dishes were excellent. Best moussaka I’ve had in a long while. Lovely to see how this restaurant brings those lovely Greek specialties to Canada.

O yeah, I also ordered a strawberry margarita. An absolute delight! My friend tried out Greek beer.

Miette Hot Springs Resort, Range Road 275A, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada

Stayed July 2015. You can find my review about Miette Hot Springs Resort also on TripAdvisor.

Papa George’s: “Excellent breakfast place”

Had breakfast here three times, because Papa George’s was situated right next to our hotel. Lots of breakfast options to choose from! The pancakes are huge. Because I liked my eggs benedict with spinach so much, I ordered them again the next day, this time with salmon. The second time there was too much sauce on them to my liking. The third day I tried the granola, which was really excellent.

Waitresses are really friendly, got some nice tips for exploring the neighbourhood from one of them.

Papa George’s, 404 Connaught Drive, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada
http://www.papageorgesjasper.com/
78-852-2260

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Papa George’s also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 4/5, service 5/5, food 4/5.

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