Meet Some of My New Animal Friends From the Canadian Rocky Mountains

I  truly enjoyed my recent trip to the Rocky Mountains in Canada, visiting Banff National Park and Jasper National Park in Alberta; and Yoho National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park in British Columbia — and because I was as fascinated by the fauna as much as the flora, I would like for you to meet some of my new animal friends from the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Meet Some of My New Animal Friends From the Canadian Rocky Mountains

Elk Canada Rocky Mountains

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

I was not even in Canada for 24 hours yet when along the Bow Valley Parkway in Alberta, I spotted this elk, who decided to smile for the camera. He must have just had a satisfying meal of poutine.

Moose Canada Rocky Mountains

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Along Maligne Lake Road — which, out of sheer coincidence, just happens to go to Maligne Lake within Jasper National Park — this moose decided to make an appearance.

Bear Canada Rocky Mountains

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Can anyone bear to pass up this fellow, who appeared alongside Kinney Lake Road? Apparently, neither the flies nor the mosquitoes can resist this black bear. Access to the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park in British Columbia is via this road. I intend to give more details about my hike of 21 kilometers on this trail in an upcoming article.

By the way, his favorite meal is dandelions — plenty of dandelions.

Mountain Goat Canada Rocky Mountains

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

This guy literally likes living on the edge, as mountain goats are adept to doing. I saw him thanks to easy access from Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park. Park the car, walk a few minutes, take photographs — cannot get any easier than that.

Bighorn Sheep Canada Rocky Mountains

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

These two bighorn sheep decided to go for a stroll together near the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park.

Mule deer Canada Rocky Mountains

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

A mule deer minds his own business at the side of a lake at dusk southwest of Hinton in Alberta.

Summary

I have decided to ask my new friends if they would not mind being my emotional support animals from now on while I travel, as I seriously need help. They can take turns however they like. They can even sit on my lap.

I have yet to hear from them…

All photographs ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

6 thoughts on “Meet Some of My New Animal Friends From the Canadian Rocky Mountains”

  1. Cipta says:

    Bahahahahaha…. I loved your sarcasm!!!

    At least united won’t beat and drag you out with those as ESA….

    Hahahaahahahaha

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      True, Cipta — especially with the mountain goat as an emotional support animal.

      Talk about literally butting heads…

  2. iv says:

    Canada has lots of natural beauty. A MUST visit for everyone.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I completely and totally agree with you, iv.

      My expectations were exceeded — and that is an understatement.

      Now is the best time to visit for many reasons…

  3. SCOTT WILLIAMS says:

    What were the exact dates that you were visiting Banff? Where did you stay? We’re all the roads open? Thanks, Scott

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I did not post all of the details yet, SCOTT WILLIAMS; but I left after the end of Memorial Day weekend and returned last week.

      I have already posted one hotel review…

      http://thegate.boardingarea.com/unimpressed-with-my-first-stay-at-delta-hotels-resorts/

      …with more hotel reviews on the way; and all of the roads were indeed open except for one to a waterfall in British Columbia, which should be open by now.

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