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The Canadian Rockies

The Ultimate Ecoliteracy Experience


The most impressive part of being in the Rockies is how small nature makes you feel. For me, this feeling of being just a tiny piece of something so much bigger, translates into a great ecoliteracy experience.
Surrounded by towering mountains, vast forests (some of them on fire in the summertime), you feel like you have entered a world completely different from the hours of sprawling plains (filled with neon canola) and rolling foothills you drive past to get there. The wildlife you encounter at every turn reminds you that you're a visitor in someone's home, treat it with respect. The majesty of the surroundings inspire wonder and creativity. The Rockies are a one-of-a-kind experience.
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Angel Glacier - See it down at the bottom? And see how tiny the trees look when dwarfed by the towering mountain?


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A freshly-burned forest in Jasper National Park. As you drive along the highway to get into town in the summertime, you pass many forests that have recently burned as well as a few that are still smoking.

In the Rockies, you get exposure to different sorts of terrain.

From forests, to rocky hills, to glacial lakes, to grassy fields, to sandy beaches (although not the sunbathing sort), there are many different terrains to explore. And the most interesting part is when you can see examples of how the terrain was formed and changed over millions and millions of years.
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Burny explores the rocky ground at the base of Mt. Edith Cavell.

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Quicksand! Now there's something you don't see everyday. At least not where I live.
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Mountains, plains, lakes and trees. You'll find a bit of everything in the Rockies.

And you experience the feeling that you are visiting the home of other creatures.

From the littlest birds and scurrying rodents, the hungriest of tiny mosquitoes to towering elk and intimidating bears (yes, we've seen bears, luckily not at too close a range), the National Parks are a safe habitat for many animals. While exciting to be surrounded by nature, it can be intimidating to be in the habitat of some of these creatures as well.
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Elk graze on grass in the fields between the mountains. And many of them can be found at the sides of the road surrounded by bold tourists looking for the perfect pic.


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Bear track in the sand at Lake Annette. He (she?) was probably there just a few hours earlier.


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Daring mountain sheep are in their element scaling the sides of hills and cliffs.


Millions of years in the making

You can see the striking changes of time passing. From the layers in rock, deep winding rivers, lush greenery growing where there were forest fires in the last decade, to receding glaciers, the changes of time are pronounced and evident most place you look.
Angel Glacier on Mount Edith Cavell Photo from the 1950s.  The glacier is huge and travels up the side of the mountain.
Angel Glacier on Mount Edith Cavell Photo from the 1950s. The glacier is huge and travels up the side of the mountain.

Postcard found on the Jasper National Park website
http://www.jasperjournal.com/jaspergallery/v/glaciers/jasper-national-park-angel-glacier-1440x900.jpg.html

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From a distance, Angel Glacier. The ice is slowly receding, and when you read the plaques with pictures of how big it used to be just a few decades ago, you can feel the pull of time.

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Jasper National Park - Passing mountains, you can see layering in the stone showing changes in the rock over millions of years.


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Maligne Canyon - Carved by a river over thousands and thousands of years, the canyon is deep and exposes layers of history in the rocks.


This photojournal was created using pictures from my visit to Jasper National Park in 2004.
You can find out more about the National Parks in the Rockies at:
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/jasper/index.aspx
and
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/visit16.aspx

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