I walked from the Via Rail Station in Jasper, not sure of directions and sat down on a bench. A man was passing by, an agile man(maybe a cyclist) and I asked him where an address was//and he first smiled, and then told me what I wanted to know. I recall saying thank you, you lovely man…and him saying that he should know the streets of Jasper as he’d lived here all his life.”Enjoy the sunshine”. was his last comment.
Then after arising from my B&B, next day, the owner dressed in cycling gear, with his friend walking through the door, said that they would just be doing 30km and goodbye…..and oh by the way, when you sat on the bench, yesterday, did you know that the person who gave you directions was the Mayor of Jasper, Richard Ireland.
How this communication happened was clearly moccasin telegraph??.
The Information Centre, the actual building was present when my mom/aunt/ sister and myself went on a summer holiday. I was 5 years old.
I recall saying to myself, I want very much to have a house built of this stone, and to live by a brook, or stream or river or lake…mostly moving water. I essentially, at a very young age, was influenced by the materials and designs of architect Alfred M. Calderone, (commissioned by the !st park superintendent in 1913)who introduced the rustic format of the accessable timber and cobblestone.
The dog at the fence, seems to be saying “I want in, I want to play baseball too.
This community of Jasper, is just that, a group of people who work together for the greater good. I so enjoyed my time here. Thank you, to the Wards and the Wilgoshs.(homes that took me in, as I went to and from Jasper, on my Cross Canada Via Rail Journey).