Icefields Parkway, Waterfalls, Glaciers and Mountains

Icefields Parkway, Waterfalls, Glaciers and Mountains

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.

Hanna, Hats, Glitter Ball and Mountains
Hanna, Hats, Glitter Ball and Mountains

 

No Hats - Plenty of Mountains
No Hats – Plenty of Mountains

 

Elk - Hitch Hiking
Elk – Hitch Hiking

 

Hanna and the Mountains
Hanna and the Mountains

 

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:

Athabasca Water Falls
Athabasca Water Falls

 

Gorge-ousness
Gorge-ousness

 

 

Bore Hole Bottom
Bore Hole Bottom

 

Wear and Tear and Turquoise
Wear and Tear and Turquoise

 

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:

Tangle Creek Waterfalls
Tangle Creek Waterfalls

 

Ice and Water
Ice and Water

 

Frozen and Tangled?
Frozen and Tangled?

 

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 ….

Glacial Friends
Glacial Friends

 

 

Lake Louise
Lake Louise

12 Responses

  1. Dad
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    Brrrrr!

  2. M & D
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    its glorious wish we were there.. xxx

    • Saskia
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      You would love it 🙂 xx

  3. James
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    So glad you made it to the Parkway! From the looks of it, not too late in the year. Magical drive.

    • Saskia
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      It was gorgeous, James. We didn’t make it out before dark and the road froze in patches so the end of it was really scary – we couldn’t see the ice patches til we were practically on top of them and either side were very steep drops! We lived to tell the tale and have learnt not to travel at night when it’s cold 🙂 Love to you both from us both xx

  4. Michael renovich.
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    ‘Mazin

    • Saskia
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      Totally! One of my favourite bits so far. Sas x

  5. Fred and Elisabeth
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    We were there in April ,it is a great drive and scenery. We are driving a Mercedes 1957 and Tentrailer and loving it. Safe travel maybe we meet somewhere on the road. On the moment in Mexico. Greetings Fred and Elisabeth.

    • Mark
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      HI Fred and Elizabeth
      Thanks for stopping by – it is great to hear about other people’s journeys and routes. A 1957 Merc! wow makes ours just a baby then. Where are you in Mexico? We will be down there soon for some sun 🙂
      Keep a look out for us maybe we will see you on the road. Mark and Saskia x

  6. Nicola Renovich
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    wow that’s pretty special. Not often you get to see snow capped mountains like that. Stunning photos. xxxx so glad you are not driving after dark in the cold anymore on steep edges!!

    • Saskia
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      We’ve just been contemplating whether to drive across the American Rockies but I think we’re going to avoid the snow and take the South route, near LA 🙂 x

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