The next day was free choice day in Jasper. We chose to take a cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island.
The smoke haze was still hanging about but visibility was getting better. The water in many of the lakes and rivers is bright green due to "Glacier Flour," fine rock powder made by the glaciers grinding down the rock it passes over and deposits it into the rivers.
However the haze was still covering the mountains behind Spirit Island. This is a popular scene used in many Canadian tourist brochures.
It started to rain and we boarded the boat for the scenic trip back to the coach and Jasper. The rain was welcomed as there was a good chance that it would clear the air. After lunch in Jasper, Bill found an Internet Cafe and......
I went back to the Lodge in time to join some friends for a walk around the lake which lapped at the front door.
We walked all the way around with a guide from the lodge telling us about the flora and fauna in the area.
It started to rain really heavily so we quickly made our way to our cabins, where we rested before going to dinner for the most delicious meal and view. So much food..it was turning into a gourmet tour.
The rain did good and the next morning the air was much clearer. We could see to the end of the lake and the mountains peeping through the mist.
Bill said good bye to the family of bears that lived in the foyer before we piled into the coach for a short trip to Lake Louise but it took all day because we had a new adventure on the way.