After walking around Jasper and having lunch we made our way back to Canmore. On the way back we stopped off to see some waterfalls.
Another interesting stop along the highway.
Living in Toronto, I really miss the mountains that I grew up with in British Columbia.
This was one of the stops where we just pulled off on the side of the road as it wasn't an actual viewing point.
We were lucky enough to see a group of Bighorn sheep. They were just walking across the highway. Obviously, these sheep are named for their large horns.
Their horns can weigh up to 14 kg(30 lb), while the sheep themselves weigh up to 140 kg (300 pounds).
The sheep originally crossed to North America over the Bering land bridge from Siberia. The population in North America peaked in the millions, and the bighorn sheep became part of he mythology of Native Americans. By 1900, the population had decreased to several thousand, due to diseases introduced through European livestock and overhunting.
After this last stop we headed back to Banff for dinner and then to Canmore.