No.20 – The Rocky Mountains, Canada

Spirit Island, Rocky Mountains, Canada - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, spanning 4,200 sq miles. It is located in the province of Alberta, north of Banff National Park and west of Edmonton. The park includes the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield, hot springs, lakes, waterfalls and mountains which attract over 2 million visitors each year. Jasper was named after Jasper Hawes, who operated a trading post in the region for the North West Company. The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

Spirit Island is a tiny tied island on Maligne Lake that enjoys a worldwide reputation. Winters are extremely harsh here with the lowest recorded temperature of -50 degree Celsius and an average winter snowfall of 6 metres.

This is my crisp blue skies take on the Rocky Mountains, featuring the famous Spirit Island. Many people associate this scene with the Canadian Rockies and it is one of it’s most photographed views. Here it’s evergreen trees are reflected through the ripples on Maligne lake. On this muggy Friday afternoon in the UK, i’m enjoying imagining this nice cool and relaxing spot in the Canadian landscape.

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Next up: No.21 – Sagrada Família, Barcelona