For some thankful reason, we turned on the radio outside of Red Deer to find out that Canmore was flooded and the major roadways were closed. Little did we know that a few hours later things would look like this.
The floods have been devastating to southern Alberta. You can read an enlightening 'by the numbers' article on the floods here. Luckily, Edmonton was spared but others are certainly not as fortunate. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected; I know Alberta will come together and rebuild to an even better place than before.
We stayed at the Tekarra Lodge and couldn't have been happier with our choice. Our cabin was spacious enough to sleep five yet quaint and dog-friendly. A win for everyone! The lodge is also home to the Tekarra Restaurant, debatably Jasper's best restaurant, and famous for their locally-inspired menu that has been acclaimed by Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and John Travolta. Sadly, we didn't eat there this trip, but I would love to dine there sometime in the winter with Shaun, watching the snow fall down in the comfort of the cozy dining room.
Shaun and I have both developed a quick love for Jasper. It's a very comfortable and laid back town, due in part to the fact that in order to reside there, you must work there. You can't build a vacation home like you can in Banff, so the town retains a lot of its charm and coziness. There's just something so homey and relaxing when you enter Jasper though that floats all of your worries away. You want to be outside in the snow, or cuddled up next to the fireplace with a good back and glass of wine at night. I know we plan on spending quite a bit of time there while living here, and I'm so thankful that we have an amazing place right in our backyard.
Has anyone else experienced last minute vacation changes due to weather?
(I can only imagine some answers to that one!)