Thrilled to be in Jasper, Canada!


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We caught the VIA Rail train from Edmonton to Jasper, driving through some of the most pristine wilderness in Canada. It was our family’s first real rail trip (no, the NYC subway doesn’t count). We’re three days into our latest family travel adventure, and Erysse (above) is starting to feel right at home.

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We drove up to Marmot Basin yesterday to catch a few runs. If you like a quiet, virtually noncommercial ski experience, then this is the place to go. It’s far away from the bustle of the bigger Canadian resorts, but Aren (above) didn’t think it was any less exciting. Just don’t tell him you want to ski any black diamond runs … he doesn’t like steep slopes. Not yet, at least.

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Today we checked out the sights around Jasper with Sun Dog Tours. It was supposed to be a wildlife viewing tour, but the Elk, Coyote and Bighorn Sheep weren’t cooperating with us. Here’s Iden at Diamond Lake, trying his hand at curling. He preferred throwing hard-packed snow balls at his sister, which we strongly discouraged.

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At the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, where we’re staying, the Valentine’s Day tradition is a marshmallow heart on a stick delivered in a tube of pink M&Ms. Yummy! Here’s Erysse running away from her brothers (not pictured) who are after her holiday treat. They did not get it. Daddy intercepted her and er, protected the confection.

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