North Boundary Trail Jasper National Park

The Celestine Road is a barley evolved horse packing trail, a single lane that travels at the edge of steep cliffs. When we were about 7km from the trailhead, we realized that the road is only open in the direction we were going for another 40 mins. Just enough time for our shuttle driver to get out before it was only open in the opposite direction. The rule is to prevent the chance of meeting another vehicle bumper to bumper at the edge of a cliff. Eyes read from the smoke, blown in from BC forest fires, Tori Buck and I climbed out quickly and said goodbye to our driver, Johannas from Wild Blue Yonder Rafting – Grande Cache. Would the fires come any closer? We were a little worried. Already tired when we got to the trailhead, we still had another 20 km to go that day.

The beginning of the trail goes through dense trees, it was fairly monotonous which added to the burden of our heavy packs. No beautiful views to get your mind off of how sore and exhausted you are. But the scenery would soon get very dramatic. Completely beat at the end of our first day, we thought we’d bitten off more than we could chew, we’d need to average 20 km a day for 8 days to finish on time – we hadn’t brought much extra food. We worried we’d never be able to make it.

Broken again after Day 2, our campsite was in reach of the Rock Lake trail. A day’s walk out, and our last chance to bail before we headed deep into the wilderness. At that point, we knew we could do it if we could continue to average 20 km a day, but I already had blisters that would only get worse. Sore, and totally gassed, but feeling good, we spoke about bailing at camp on that night. It wasn’t much of a discussion though. We would push on. As hard as the days had been, particularly the last 5 km of each day – it felt so good to get to camp.

Once there, it’s like your toils didn’t matter anymore. You’d made your goal, and you didn’t have to worry about not making it anymore. It was very rewarding, and we were already becoming addicted to the challenges and rewards of this tough trip. Travel Alberta Eureka! Tilley Endurables Williams Lures #Silva Thermacell Outdoors The Original Bug Shirt Company #Mountains #Backpacking

Smoke from the BC forest Fires hangs in the mountains on the evening of Day 3 — at Jasper National Park, AB
Tori, Buck and I at the Celestine Trailhead after walking 7km down the Cesestine Lake Rd. — at Jasper National Park, AB.
Still smiling but only about 8km in. — at Jasper National Park, AB.
Tori poses at the North Boundary Trail sign. She shot this on our tripod, because I was already gassed, and sitting on a rock in the background.Tori Goes Outside — at Jasper National Park, AB
The first creek crossing near our campsite (Shale Banks) on night one. After this point, there were far more animal prints on the trail than human prints. And we wouldn’t bump into anyone for days. — at Jasper National Park, AB.
Look at how clear this creek water is. — at Jasper National Park, AB.
Hanging our food at Shale Banks on the North Boundary Trail. — at Jasper National Park, AB.
Tori insists that Buck sleeps in our two person tent. Eureka Canada FirstMate Pet Foods — atJasper National Park, AB.
Looking down at the Snake Indian RIver on Day 2.— at Jasper National Park, AB.
Snake Indial Falls is about 100meters off the trail. But you won’t miss the side trail, because you can hear the falls thundering from kilometers away. — at Jasper National Park, AB.
Me getting a closer look at Snake Indian Falls. it is sensational, and it’s not just the falls that are impressive, but the sorrounding canyon, cliffs water colour, remoteness – everything. I feel like this place holds great power. Tori Goes Outside — at Jasper National Park, AB.
Tori refuels trailside with some tasty beef jerky.Eat Devour Maple Leaf Foods #ad — at Jasper National Park, AB.
Buck has a little roll around during a rest break on Day 2. Buck carried all his own food, and water. And later on in the trip, he helped carry some gear too. — at Jasper National Park, AB.
#mountains — at Jasper National Park, AB.
We found a lot of antlers, almost all Moose and Elk. This was the evening of Day 2, I think it was the hardest day of the whole trip for me. Luckily though, it doesn’t get dark there until about 11pm at this time of year. Tilley Endurables — at Jasper National Park, AB.
A little Trout I caught at the base of a beaver dam on a small spoon. Williams Lures — at Jasper National Park, AB.
Morning of Day 3, there were tons of antlers around our site. Tilley Endurables — at Jasper National Park, AB.
Packing up on Day 3. We stayed at a horse packing site which had this awesome log picnic table decorated with antlers. — at Jasper National Park, AB.
Crossing another creek. These crossings would become far more challanging (and terrifying) in the days to come. — at Jasper National Park, AB.
Trucking along on an easy to follow trail. Tori Goes Outside — at Jasper National Park, AB.
My favorite compass, the Silva Ranger. I always wear one around my neck. #Silva Eureka Canada— at Jasper National Park, AB.
Buck looks for the trail as we cross an alpine medow. — at Jasper National Park, AB.
Walking through a wild flower meadow on the evening of Day 3 Tori Goes Outside — at Jasper National Park, AB.
Rocky Mountain Wild Flowers — at Jasper National Park, AB.
Dramatic scenery was a constant on the trip. — at Jasper National Park, AB.
Dinner time for Buck FirstMate Pet Foods We found this collapsible bowl from Ruffwear Performance Dog Gear to be really handy. — at Jasper National Park, AB.
A nice open horse packing site was our camp for night three. Eureka Canada — at Jasper National Park, AB.