road trip.

whenever sister comes to visit, it’s now common knowledge that we’ll be adventuring in the rockies. when hearing of her upcoming trip, friends started asking, “where to this time?”

jasper!

in the (almost) seven years i have lived here, we’ve only been in jasper for one night. one month after i moved, sister came to visit for thanksgiving and we did a whirlwind “all the rockies in three days” road trip. calgary to jasper on day one, jasper to banff on day two, and banff home on day three. it was a little ambitious to say the least, and we didn’t really get to see much while we were there.

after exploring in banff, canmore, kananaskis, waterton, montana, field, vancouver, victoria, and seattle, we gathered it was time to go back up to jasper.

currently carless, Ford Canada was incredibly kind to let us borrow a 2018 Ford Escape Titanium – or as we called her, Ivy. it felt so nice to drive again, and more than a few times i questioned why i haven’t bought a new vehicle yet.

our four-day trip included hiking, afternoon tea, sightseeing, picnics, swimming and overnight stays. we needed to pack a lot of stuff! thankfully, the 2018 Ford Escape was designed to make life easier. we were able to fold down both rear seat backs for a flat load surface and 68 cubic feet of total cargo space.

the hands-free foot-activated liftgate was also incredibly helpful. with our hands full of bags and groceries, all we had to do was kick a foot under the bumper and the trunk opened automatically.

with the car fully packed, it was time to start the 400km+ journey. the icefields parkway is an absolutely stunning drive with many places to stop and stretch your legs – and take photos while you’re at it.

it is also known for spotting wildlife! we saw two black bears, one grizzly bear, deer, cow elk, horned sheep and mountain goats (they are so fluffy!).

it’s also the drive of the countless waterfalls. tangle creek, sunwapta, athabasca – stop at them all.

once you arrive, jasper has plenty of parking – be it hotel, street or lot – which is super helpful, because a car is very needed. there are bus shuttles to major attractions, but nothing is close enough to walk or bike to (unless you’re a bike-crazed person). the drive to maligne lake is 50km from the town centre.

on the day we left, it was rainy, but there is something so beautiful about low clouds and moody skies.

we filled the tank with gas, and i was delighted at the price. i expected to pay a lot more than i did. with standard Auto Start-Stop Technology, the 2018 Escape reduces fuel consumption and vehicle emissions during city driving, shutting down the engine when it senses the vehicle sitting idle. when you lift your foot from the brake pedal, the engine instantly restarts and you’re on your way.

it doesn’t mean it is low on power. the standard 2.0L Twin-Scroll EcoBoost® engine delivers 245 horsepower and 275lb.-ft of torque at 5500 rpm, the unique turbocharger design ensures you have quick, powerful torque delivery when you need it most.

no bridgman sister trip in the rockies is complete without a stop at bow lake. it may be the only spot we consistently say hi to.

after 1,000km and four days of exploring, we were finally home and i started planning how i could get a Ford Escape Titanium, or the smaller Ford EcoSpot SUV, in my life full-time.

have you gone to jasper? what’s your favourite part of the drive?

thank you Ford Canada for making our road trips possible.

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