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Don’t Leave Home Without It

All photos taken on September 1, 2022.

Time to catch up with our recent travels. For the next while, I will be posting on our September trip to Jasper M-F and then local posts on Saturday/Sunday.

About to set off for 6 nights in our mountain retreat, we were diligent about making sure we would have everything we would need during our stay. We made lists, we added to lists, we checked and rechecked lists and when we were packing up, we crossed items off the lists as we loaded them in the car.

Little did we know how valuable all this prep would be at the time. More on this later.

As we were staying in Patricia Lake Bungalows Resort, we opted to take almost all our meals with us. We would not be suffering with Thai, Indian, Greek, Italian and Tex-Mex for our main meals and a choice of cereal and bread for breakfast and sandwiches and wraps for lunch. We would make a few local purchases to augment (pizza for our arrival night and an assortment of bakery goodies from Bear’s Paw Bakery for breakfast and lunch.

I also packed coffee beans, my dose grinder and espresso machine for our morning coffee and there would be beverages for wine o’clock.

The new addition for this trip would be our new E-bikes. I was worried we would not be able to squeeze it all in, but my Tetris skills from the 1990s obviously paid off.

All packed up

We pulled away and surprisingly, there were very few rattles and squeaks. We ran a couple of errands, including picking up a part to repair our clothes dryer (when we get home) and the much needed Parks Canada annual pass.

Fall harvest and haying were under way.

Because we had departed a bit later than usual, we were nowhere near our usual lunch stop at lunch time. We were near Entwistle/Evansburg and the Pembina River Provincial Park, so opted to stop there.

It had been a long time since we were last there and we wondered why. It really is a beautiful spot.

Down to the river bank.

Due to the recent hot dry weather, the level of the river was low. We recalled the times in the late 1970s/early 1980s that we would float down the river, then walk back and do it all over again.

Floating here these days might give you a few bumps and bruises.

Ripple art

Clear blue skies

We walked along the shore for a bit and enjoyed the river valley views…

…before walking back up to the car to complete our drive to Jasper.

A rest stop at Edson and then a fresh produce stop in Hinton and we soon found ourselves at the Jasper Park gates. As we drove toward Jasper, Patty spotted a plume of smoke rising from the mountain. Hmmm, hope that is not serious.

In Jasper we picked up our supper pizza and found out things had changed in town. As it was just before the Labour Day weekend, the streets were still quite busy and then we saw new signs at the previously free downtown parking spots, advising all that these spots were now Pay Parking for a maximum of 2 hours. We found a remote spot to park and await our pizza. It did have great mountain views.

Pizza picked up, we drove to Cottonwood Slough for our supper.


26 responses to “Don’t Leave Home Without It”

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  2. Another great ride!
    Wonderful ❣️❣️❣️

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    1. Actually, it was a long drive to Jasper, but we were happy to have our bikes along. Happy Sunday Luisa. Allan

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      1. 🙏❣️🙏❣️🙏

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  3. It looked rather a nice place for a lunch stop
    I have a good friend whose surname is Entwisle (spelt slightly differently) so I’ll tell her about the namesake Canadian place!


    1. Hi Marion. The town was named after James Entwistle, an employee of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. He was an opportunist who bought the land where the railroad would have to build a trestle to cross the Pembina River. Good on him. The town is still there. Thanks for reading. Allan


  4. We drove through Jasper just a couple of days ahead of you (heading west). The weather was great and we stopped for some beaks along there but also noted how dry it was.

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    1. It was terribly dry for sure. Hope this winter rectifies that. Marmot is already open with more than a 50 cm base. Fingers crossed. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan

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  5. What a beautiful park this is. It’s been years since I’ve been there but one day I hope to go back.

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    1. We are so glad to have thought of it for our lunch stop. We now have another option for our Jasper trips. Thanks for reading Anneli. Allan

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  6. It’s nice to pick a beautiful lunch spot and just observe things while you eat

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    1. This stop was like visiting and old friend. We wonder why it took us so long to go back for a visit. Thanks for reading. Allan

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      1. Ah yes. Old friends are cool!

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  7. I’ve never stayed at Patricia Lake Bungalows but I’ve been to the area and am sure it’s nice. It’s probably expensive too. Our tradition for a drive to the mountains is to stop at L & W in Hinton. It’s the best pizza around and worth the stop.

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    1. Yup, it is not cheap, but very little is in Jasper these days. The good news is, we can take our own meals and stay away from restaurants, which will become key on this trip. As to the pizza, will have to give L & W Hinton a try sometime. Have been disappointed in L & W Jasper. Thanks for reading Glen. Allan

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  8. I’m told that there is no connection to the L & W in Jasper. I don’t know how that is possible though.

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  9. My goodness, that’s beautiful!!!

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    1. Thanks Ann. We were glad that we stopped in for our picnic there. Thanks for reading. Allan

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  10. With a little more water, Pembina River looks like it would indeed be perfect for a floating or paddling. The drive was a wonderful prelude to the stay at your cabin.

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    1. We were surprised how low the water level was. Fall tends to be quite low stream flow and the current drought did not help. Thanks for reading John. Allan


  11. Anyone visiting your part of the world and planning an Edmonton to Jasper road trip would be able to enjoy the contrasts of both places – a big city with lots of fun attractions and a small town with gorgeous scenery to kick back and enjoy the outdoors. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. And the good news is that the city is not so close to the mountains that they get over run with day trippers and weekenders like Banff does. We do not mind the 4 hour drive, as it gives us a chance to change the scene and mood. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan

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  12. Great job on the packing!! Looks like you had fabulous weather for your first day in Jasper (or rather travelling to Jasper).

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    1. Thanks Linda. I even surprised myself how much I squeezed in. The weather overall for those 6 days was quite spectacular with only momentary rain. Thanks for reading. Have a great Tuesday. Allan

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