North Saskatchewan River

Food stop in Jasper National Park near Mount Kerkeslin and Mount Coleman

Food stop in Jasper National Park near Mount Kerkeslin and Mount Coleman

After Horseshoe Lake in Jasper National Park we visited Jasper, the town, where we had a snack and picked up a sandwich to eat on the way home.

We stopped to eat that sandwich along the North Saskatchewan River (which is in the province of Alberta, not the province of Saskatchewan!)  The River begins in the Columbia Icefield, flows south next to the Icefields Parkway before heading east at Saskatchewan Crossing. It then flows across northern Alberta and much of northern Saskatchewan (the province) before flowing into the Saskatchewan River. We may at this point have been in Banff National Park, rather than in Jasper National Park, but I never did see a boundary sign between the two parks.

An island in the North Saskatchewan River

An island in the North Saskatchewan River

In keeping with the advice that you should turn around and see what there is to photograph in the direction away from your primary interest, I got these shots of Mount Coleman and Mount Kerkeslin (2956 meters, said the sign.)

Mount Coleman is thattaway

Mount Coleman is thattaway

Mount Kerkeslin

Mount Kerkeslin

Next week we explore along the David Thompson Highway.


21 comments on “North Saskatchewan River

  1. What a landscape… so beautiful! Wonderful colors in your photo’s!

  2. Hanna says:

    You are very lucky 🙂 This is a magnificent and wonderful landscape.

  3. robert87004 says:

    How perfectly lovely.

  4. Fantastic photos of one of my favourite places….

    • BuntyMcC says:

      Is your favourite placeJasper, the Rockies, or this particular stop? Even though I’d taken the train through the Rockies several times, and probably stopped in Jasper at some unattractive hour, driving through was so much more impressive.

  5. Maria Laura Arturi says:


  6. it’s beautiful perfect for car picnics☺️

  7. Lovely pics! No wildlife around?

    • BuntyMcC says:

      We saw a wolf one day driving north out of Banff township and I think I saw a bear in a stream crossing the David Thompson Highway near Kootenay Plains. Otherwise nothing. Rather disappointing! Oh, and we saw bighorn sheep in several places at the northern end of Okanagan Lake on the Westside Road

      • Good to hear wildlife is present in these wonderful places that we saw thanks to your travel and pictures! Wildlife has a great role in nature as guardians of the forests, we know from Western Europe, a forest with no wildlife is like a man without soul! Thanks for sharing and lets stay in touch!

        • BuntyMcC says:

          The only animal I got photos of was the sheep. We had to stop because they were in the middle of the road – so I grabbed my iPhone and got a couple of photos.

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