The day after our visit to Jasper National Park (early May, 2016) we decided to visit along the David Thompson Highway. We started that windy, showery, morning by taking a closer look at Abraham Lake, the reservoir for the city of Edmonton, whose water level was significantly down after a very dry 2015.
Abraham Lake from Aurum Lodge.
In these first three photos we are looking towards the south. Mr. IDWE provides an idea of the scale of the ‘beach,’ the exposed bed of the reservoir. The fuzziness off in the distance is a shower.
David Thompson Highway: Abraham Lake looking southward.
Once on the beach we turned north and almost lost our hats to the wind whistling down the lake. That’s a dust storm in the background.
David Thompson Highway: Abraham Lake near Aurum Lodge.
First spectacular view of Abraham Lake taken with an iPhone 6.
We booked three nights at the fantastic Aurum Lodge near Nordegg, Alberta and drove there from Drumheller, (previous posts here, here and here) in an easy day, via Red Deer and Rocky Mountain House.
Abraham Lake is the water reservoir for the city of Edmonton which lies to the northeast. The water level was relatively low in early May as it had not been refilled by the snow melt from the Rockies.
Aurum Lodge is a bed and breakfast which offers optional evening meals, accurate travel information – including the borrowing of books and maps – and places to hike and explore on site. They run photography workshops and excursions all year round. It is located on the David Thompson Highway between Nordegg and Cline River, Alberta, and is a perfect location from which to explore both Jasper and Banff National Parks. The Lodge uses active and passive solar for heat and hot water.
An sub-alpine ecosystem. Aurum Lodge. Abraham Lake
Mount Mitchener from the back of Aurum Lodge near Abraham Lake