Jasper, Alberta- a small town with so much to offer if you’re willing to live a little. I’ve only been living in the town since Saturday morning but I’m enchanted by the friendliness of the locals, the snow covered trees and paths, the architecture and all that the town has to offer. It may be small but it offers non-monotonous days, endless experiences and activities. It’s a place where you can live life instead of being stuck in a rut.
I arrived in Jasper Saturday morning after an overnight (11 hour) trip on a Greyhound Bus from Vancouver, BC with three of my new house mates. We arrived before sunrise and dined at Smitty’s for breakfast before being driven to our house and introduced to our other two house mates.
Fast forward to Sunday morning and we found ourselves waking up to the sight of snow. Having never seen snow before, I felt like I was in a winter wonderland- as cliche as the may sound.
For those that don’t know, I’m currently on a working holiday with a number of other people from across Canada and the world. Our first day at Marmot Basin was on Monday for a common day/training day. As the resort is located in Jasper National Park, the shuttle bus which takes us up to the mountain involves stunning views of the mountains and park with deer and other wildlife in plain view (if we’re lucky). The highlight of the training was the lift evacuation drill which involved a trip on the lift and having to be hoisted off the chair via rope while sitting on a metal bar.
Tuesday involved another shuttle bus up to the mountain for department specific training. As part of the training, we had to try on various ski and snow boots among other activities. It’s exciting new skills and about new sports but at the same time I just hope I can pick up how to do the job efficiently/effectively fast! I guess only time will tell on that account.
A group of us headed out for dinner at Lou Lou’s and on our way to the shop/movie theatre, we were fortunate enough to see three Elk sitting in on the snow in the middle of town. A few of us headed to the theatre to watch Sceptre, such a good film!
Wednesday/today is Remembrance Day (Lest We Forget) so all of us had the day off work. The sun was out so five of us decided to embark on a short hike. The air was crisp, the sun was shining and the views were awe-inspiring. The mountains were in plain sight, trees covered in snow and a blue sky- it’s almost too beautiful to be real. After a short hike, we found ourselves at the foot of the Cabin Lake. The scenery in this small town is absolutely beautiful, Jasper is a winter wonderland.
It’s only the beginning but I cannot wait to see what else this working holiday has in store. I was wondering if I made the right decision when I boarded the plane back in the Perth but now that I’m here, working, living and breathing in winter air, I definitely know this is exactly what I needed. It’s a story worth writing.