We got up at 9am today after a much needed lie-in. We set off at 11:30am to go to Jasper to get our National Park pass for the car. When we got there we had a look around a few shops and popped into the pharmacy to get some suncream, as it was going to be 27'c+ in the afternoon. I also managed to find Batiste dry shampoo there and lots of other good toiletries! I was so happy. I've been into so many stores and they've only sold Dove stuff which makes your hair really sticky. So I'm glad I now know where to go for toiletries! When we paid the lady asked if we were local, to which we explained that we were working here for the season. So she classed us as 'local' and said if any other shops ask us, tell them we are. So that's good to know, as they offer local discount in most shops in town.
After our little shop, we got our pass for the car and went to Bear Paw cafe where I got a 'Vegetarian pocket' for lunch and Jacob got a huge pizza pretzel! We then drove to Maligne Lake! The drive there was very pretty, with amazing views across Medicine Lake and beautiful mountains. We passed Maligne Canyon and eventually arrived at the lake. Maligne Lake is one of the most beautiful places we've visited in Canada so far. It is the second largest glacier-fed lake in the world, and is the longest and deepest lake in the Rockies. You can hire canoes there and get a boat over to Spirit Island, but it's not yet open for that as when we arrived the lake was completely covered with ice! It looked so pretty. I'm glad we got the chance to see it in its 'winter' state, and then we can hopefully go back in a few months and rent a boat there and see it with the lovely blue water. We had a walk around there and went up to see the historical Maligne Lake Chalet and the Curly Phillips boathouse.
Afterwards we drove to Pyramid Lake which is the other side of Jasper. This is where the company we work for has another resort. We just had a quick stop there to look at the beautiful view and to check out the other resorts. We then stopped by at the grocery store to get some blue cheese and cream to make our famous stilton sauce with sweet potatoes - yum.
On the drive back we saw a group of mountain goats on the roadside! They were cool. And we also stopped to look at a viewpoint where it told us we were in 'Caribou Country'. We didn't see any caribou, however we did see a little chipmunk dancing around our car and trying to get up onto our car tyre! We had to shoo it away so we didn't squash it when we drove off!
We arrived back at our house around 7:30pm. We cooked our dinner then the chef (ex housemate) came down at 9pm to tell us there was a little buffet to have! So we made some room and had a few nibbles and took home some yummy desserts and cookies for us to snack on tomorrow.
It's been a long day - and the weather was perfect, maybe slightly on the hot side. Tomorrow is meant to be cooler so we will venture out again after a lovely phonecall with family in the morning!