Icefields Parkway

Occasionally the fair Nello and I indulge in what we think of as more “classic” tourism and usually don't record this. However, the Icefields Parkway passes through some magnificent alpine landscapes and deserves inclusion.

Thus, we joined the crowds of tourists, local and foreign, on this holiday Monday, as we drove down the Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Lake Louise and then on to Banff, stopping at regular intervals to admire the scenic attractions. We included most of the usual stops, such as Athabasca Falls, Sunwapta Falls, Columbia Icefield, Peyto Lake and Bow Lake, the whole route framed by the majestic peaks and ranges of the Rocky Mountains themselves. If you have only one day to spend in the Rockies, this is probably what you should do.

The following images give an idea, but do not really do these mountains justice – you really need to see it all in the flesh (or should I say stone).

Elk on the side of the Parkway

Grim weather near Jasper

Athabasca Falls

Gorge below Athabasca Falls

Athabasca River

Sunwapta Falls

Sunwapta Gorge

Heading south on the Icefields Parkway

The glaciers of Mushroom Peak

Panorama of the Columbia Icefield and the Athabasca Glacier

Near Sunwapta Pass - views to the west ......

.... and to the east, where the mountains are very different

The Icefields Parkway threads its way between Mts Cirrus and Saskatchewan

Near Saskatchewan River Crossing

Survey Peak (I think) from Saskatchewan River Crossing

Peyto Lake - the jewel in the crown of the Icefields Parkway

Bow Lake

The Crowfoot Glacier

Bow Glacier shrouded by cloud

On the road to Lake Louise - the sun returns