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All Aboard the Jasper Santa Train!

Thanks to the Volunteers

Each year, VIA Rail work­ers & togeth­er with oth­er kind Jasper folks vol­un­teer pre­cious time, ener­gy & resources to put on this great event: the Annu­al San­ta Train. They don’t just vol­un­teer on the day of the event, this year Novem­ber 29th. They put in count­less hours plan­ning & then mak­ing it hap­pen.

Jasper Food Bank

Patrick Mooney, president of the Jasper Food Bank Society
Anne, head vol­un­teer & Patrick Mooney, from the Food Bank

This entire event is all about the true spir­it of Christ­mas. In addi­tion to pur­chas­ing tick­ets, pas­sen­gers are request­ed to bring food items and oth­er dona­tions for the Jasper Food Bank.

Patrick Mooney, pres­i­dent of the Jasper Food Bank Soci­ety spent the day sit­ting in chaos cen­tral of the train sta­tion as kids, par­ents & dona­tions piled up inside the old build­ing. By the end of the 2 train runs that day, one in the morn­ing & the train we took at 3pm, there was a pret­ty decent pile of dona­tions for Patrick to haul away.

Anne, head of the vol­un­teers, sold raf­fle tick­ets to help pump up cash reserves for the food bank.

Building up the Santa Buzz

You can’t imag­ine the excite­ment that built up from the moment we left the Jasper train sta­tion. As we left head­ing west, towards B.C., we were told that San­ta had missed the train. But, if we kept watch­ing out the win­dow towards the south, we might see San­ta fly­ing past in his sleigh. I swear I even­tu­al­ly was believ­ing I’d see him out there!

The looks on those lit­tle faces were price­less. But when we entered a train tun­nel through the moun­tain, I swear one of my lit­tle com­pan­ions was going to loose it. Just as the tears were build­ing up in his eyes, a VIA vol­un­teer loud­ly announced that San­ta had been spot­ted … per­fect tim­ing.

Santa landed on the Train

Volunteer Elves
Vol­un­teer Elves

… Or so we were told. San­ta didn’t dis­ap­point us. He walked through the train singing Jin­gle Bells, fol­lowed by his helper elf vol­un­teers who hand­ed out bags of lit­tle gifts.

I didn’t even notice when the train stopped and start­ed revers­ing back to Jasper. The trip was about 2 hours total. On the return trip, kids were invit­ed to take their turns head­ing back to the dome car where they could have their pic­tures tak­en with San­ta.

Halloween 2016

Hal­loween is such a great night to get dressed up and be some­one you are not. And it is also fun for the young ones to get treats from their neigh­bours plus a lit­tle social gath­er­ing for the par­ents.

Band Brad Graves
Brad Graves — The Devil’s Son
Jasper Royal Canadain Legion
Jasper Roy­al Cana­di­an Legion
Jasper Royal Canadain Legion
Jasper Roy­al Cana­di­an Legion

Believe it or not, some parts of the world do not know what Hal­loween is, as a tourist des­ti­na­tion town, they are in for a treat as the locals gets into it pret­ty good.  Here is a link to a D’ed Dog Bar and Grill Face­book album if you are into that:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/DedDogBarGrill/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1209668239094012

The contest for the best costumes Jasper Royal Canadain Legion
The con­test for the best cos­tumes
Jasper Royal Canadain Legion
Jasper Roy­al Cana­di­an Legion

Def­i­nite­ly some great cos­tumes out there, so, plan your next year cos­tume now, because there are plen­ty of com­pe­ti­tion here in #myJasper


Dark sky festival

Did any­one in Jasper brave the snowy con­di­tions for the kick off of the Dark Sky Fes­ti­val? If you have not already, I high­ly rec­om­mend the Jasper Plan­e­tar­i­um at the @jaspermpl @marmotlodge At least you will stay dry and warm. Tele­scopes were still on hand at cer­tain loca­tions, but the cloud cov­er­age was still too much to catch the stars. #myjasper #darkskiesfestival2016

Dark Skies Festival
Dark Skies Fes­ti­val
Dark Skies Festival - ExploreJasper
Cozy in the plan­e­tar­i­um — Explore­Jasper

@jasperskytram in the show

Dark Skies Festival - ExploreJasper
Dark Skies Fes­ti­val — Explore­Jasper