After breakfast at our motel and checking out, we started for Maligne Lake. It is a bit of a distance from Jasper town, but the scenery was excellent. We arrived at Maligne Lake and walked a little on the shore then went into the dining room to warm up and get some coffee. There is a 1-1/2 hour cruise available that takes you up the lake but we realized that we didn't really have the time to take it without having a really late return to Banff, so we satisfied ourselves with the view from the dock.
We started back down the road toward Jasper, and stopped at Medicine Lake, so named because in summer, because of the porous rock under the lake, it disappears into the gravel bottom until the winter arrives and snow melt fills it up again. There were signs of a wild fire and we learned that it had burned there in 2015. But the forest is resiliant and signs of growth were there.
We went on down the road to Maligne Canyon, which resembled Marble Canyon in that there was a waterfall at the top that then went into a deep canyon. There were several bridges to cross that let you see the canyon and the waterfall and the river above the waterfall.
Then it was back to Jasper for lunch at L&W Restaurant (recommended) and we started back up the Icefields Parkway to Banff. We stopped at Athabasca Falls and then continued to retrace our path back to Banff.
Retirement is great. We bought a travel trailer and are exploring National Parks. (Actually, we bought one and sold it and bought a second one better suited to us. It happens...) And I have time to do some woodworking projects and things around the house. And now I have gotten interested in ham radio so there goes any free time.