That’s a big title – one that I probably wont adequately fulfil – but there is a road from a place called Jasper to a place called Banff called the Highway 93 – luckily some bright spark re-named it the Icefields Parkway and that is much easier to write about.
So Jasper and Banff are Canadian national parks – Banff was the first ever created and it’s creation was to limit and control the damage caused by the huge numbers of tourists visiting the hot springs at Banff.
We drove up from Edmonton to Jasper specifically, following some great advice, so that we could drive the Icefields Parkway.
Arriving in Jasper was stunning – our first real view of big snow-covered mountains, and when I have worked out the technical issues surrounding some stuff we will be posting a video or two which might help to convey the first impressions we felt, but for now lets stick to the Highway 93.
So on our 3rd day in Jasper we asked the information centre for some updated weather information; Sas was cooking soup and we had a whole day planned already.
The weather information was fairly conclusive though; leave now on a glorious sunny day or stay for a good long while until conditions improved. In that instant the day changed from easy walking and sunshine to magical driving along the 93.
With soup packed away and Hanna re-fueled we headed down the Icefields Parkway and into one of the most incredible drives yet.
After about 30 minutes we came to Athabasca Falls and pulled off to take a peek – pictures speak volumes:
On then through high mountain passes, sunlit vistas of reflecting snowlight. Driving through a wonderland of natural magic until a small sign says Tangle Creek Falls … semi-frozen and glittering in the sunshine:
So driving this amazing road was and is a stunning and must-do experience. I may not have stuck to the title but reviewing these photos I am glad that they are here for you to see. There is much more to tell about the Glacier and the landscape but that will have to wait … there is more to tell on the driving through and on a frozen snow packed road in the dark, there is so much more to tell ….