A beautiful ride today. The Yellowhead highway follows the Fraser River for nearly 200 miles (320 Km) as it head east towards the Rocky Mountains and Jasper. Until it reaches McBride, the highway runs parallel to the Cariboo Mountains (not a misspelling). McBride is considered the beginning of the Rockies. Not long after leaving McBride we began to see Mount Robson (12,972 feet/3954 Meters) as it dominates this part of the Rockies.

Once we pass Mount Robson, we enter Alberta and the Jasper National Park. The first thing we encounter is a barrier at which the park usage fee was collected. This was a bit of a surprise since every vehicle entering the park on the Yellowhead Highway had to stop at the booth and pay a usage fee. The fees were significantly lower than at US National Parks (although we get into those free because Sam has a Golden Age Pass... one of the few advantages of reaching senior citizen status).

We arrived at Whistler's Campground in Jasper National Park relatively early and that was fortunate. It took us 20 minutes to get through the registration process. When we went out a bit later the line was three times longer and probably took over an hour to process. Whistler's started taking online reservations early this year and we were fortunate that we made reservations... a lot of campers were turned away. The campground is great, lots of room between sites. Most of the campgrounds we stayed in during the journey had limited space so this is a luxury.

After we set up the trailer, we went into the town of Jasper, 2 miles from the campsite. A nice town in a nice setting that caters to tourists of all levels. You see people in their hiking boots who are doing backcountry camping in the park to those who are living in luxury accommodations of the American Orient Express (a railroad version of a luxury cruise liner). We took a ride up Whistler's Mountain on the Jasper Tram for a breathtaking view of the town and its surroundings.

McBride, a railroad town
Mount Robson, seen from the British Columbia side
Moose Lake
The Yellowhead Highway eastbound into the Rockies
Jasper Railroad Station, Mount Edith Cavell in background
Jasper, viewed from Whistler's Mountain
Jasper Tramway
Athabasca River Valley, viewed to the south from Whistler's Mountain