Paula Beauchamp, Head Guide of Walks & Talks and her assistant Buck are not just fair weather explorers of Jasper National Park. Ask any local and they will tell you that autumn is the best kept secret about hiking the Canadian Rockies.
The ever patient Buck waits for Paula to take yet another picture. Waiting comes easier in the fall. With far fewer tourists and NO bugs the pace just naturally slows down.
The eastern portion of North America prides itself on its fall display of colours highlighting red. Here in the Canadian Rockies we specialise in yellows and oranges.
A light dusting of snow the previous night quickly melts away in the clear days of September and October. Buck calmly plods along oblivious to Maligne Lake behind him on the trail in the Bald Hills.
Winter does nothing to stop Paula and Buck. They just change footwear from hiking boots to cross country ski boots. This machine packed trail runs from “Meeting of the Waters” picnic site up the Whirlpool river to Moab Lake and back. A gentle river grade climb in gives a wonderful, eight km. downhill glide back to the car.