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This past long weekend we went on a canoe trip to Maligne Lake in Jasper Provincial Park. I had been on a painting trip to the lake many years ago with famous Canadian painter Doris McCarthy, and have wanted to return ever since. The weather was bleak on Friday as we paddled in our cool, folding Klepper kayak the 21.3 km up the lake to our camp spot at Coronet Creek in the rain, wind and waves (luckily the wind was at our back!). We awoke the next morning to a bright blue sky and a fresh dusting of snow on the mountaintops, and the beautiful weather continued until our return home on Monday night. The painting above was my first of the trip, and is the view from the end of our beach. I just loved the swirling rhythm in the rock and the glacier running down on the right of the peak.
This scene is further down the lake from our first camp spot, a picnic spot we stopped at on our way to our second camping location. The campgrounds only hold 8 tent sites, so it is very quiet, allowing the wildlife to join us. Grizzly bears, many dear, spruce grouse, porcupines, bald eagles and dozens of chipmunks and squirrels were seen by our group. The mountains spill down into the lake, the many glaciers topping them causing the water to have an unbelievably turquoise colour.
Stay tuned for a couple more paintings from this amazing place tomorrow!