We're a family from Sydney, Australia and went on the wildlife tour on the 21st of August. It's safe to say that this is pretty much the best tour we have ever done in all of our travels. We were picked up from our hotel right on time, then picked up 3 other groups. You go in a 12 seater bus, but this company makes sure not to overbook the bus to ensure everyone gets a window seat for prime wildlife viewing. Joe (the owner of the company, and head tour guide) is absolutely amazing. He is so enthusiastic about Jasper National Park and it's wildlife. He gives information and facts about not only the areas, but also the wildlife, including animals that you won't see on the tour like beavers and polar bears. Joe provides many laughs with his jokes and interesting, funny stories. His passion for Jasper is clear from the start. Joe knows all the best places to take you to see wildlife. We saw elk, coyote, bald eagles, a woodpecker, blue herrons, and bighorn sheep. We also got to see a beaver dam and lodge. Along the way, we did see a bighorn sheep mother that had been hit by a car and was dead on the road. It's two lambs were so lost and confused and didn't know what to do. They kept darting across the road. It was heartbreaking to watch, but Joe handled the situation so well. He moved the sheep off of the road, and then called Parks Canada to the scene. By the end of the 3.5 hours of the tour, we still hadn't seen a bear. Joe asked if anyone had plans or dinner reservations to get to, but no one did, so he extended the tour for an extra 15 minutes just so we got to see a bear. And we did! We saw a black bear. During the tour it was raining on and off, so we got to see some spectacular rainbows. Whenever Joe stopped the bus for us to take photos, he always made sure that every person had a chance to see the animal, and take all the photos they wanted. When we stopped for photos of the rainbow, Joe even hopped out of the bus and wiped the rain off the windows so we could get better photos! After the tour ended, you couldn't wipe the smiles off of our faces, and we have already raved about this tour to everybody back home. We're definitely regretting not doing the Maligne Valley tour with Joe. If we're ever in Jasper again, we will most definitely be doing this tour again.
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