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Walking around Lac Beauvert

Wednesday afternoon I headed to Jasper with my fiancee as she had meetings at the Jasper Park Lodge. It was a sunny day and we hit the Icefields Parkway in the late afternoon. Apart from waiting 15 minutes behind a disgruntled motorhome driver from Florida who appeared to be haggling with an attendant about buying a National Parks pass, the trip was unencumbered by slow moving traffic. I've had a few memorable drives including Waimea Canyon Road, Rim Rock Drive, Kananaskis Highway 40, The Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway, and the Zion Park Scenic Byway and this ranks with the best of them.

Thursday morning I went for a walk around pristine Lac Beauvert. The Jasper Park Lodge is situated on the north side of the lake and I had to make a detour once I got to the south side of the lake as the area between the lake and the Athabasca River was cordoned off with red trail closure tape and an explanation about elk calving. More people are injured by elk than any other animal in Jasper National Park so it pays to heed the trail closures. I decided to keep walking towards the town of Jasper. Eventually, I got to Old Fort Point which looked rather familiar. It turns out that our second year geology field school made a stop at this site. I think we were supposed to map it. For me, nothing sucks the joy out of being in a beautiful mountain setting than having to start taking strike and dip measurements. However today through the magic of the Internet I can crib from Mark Smith et al. and say that the Old Fort Point Formation is one of the more interesting units within the Neoproterozoic Windermere Supergroup (most of which is indistinct and monotonous). Anyhow this was the hallowed Old Fort Point type section but geologists are in the process of changing the type locality (a big deal for stratigraphers). I prefer type sections to be within 25m of a paved road. I had my camera with me and I was able to make a few short videos of the local wildlife.  I didn't film the nasty goose hissing incident but  for the most part it was a  peaceful and tranquil morning in the mountains.

Old Fort Point