Setting out down Icefields Parkway was exciting for me. I experienced it once before, and after five years my memories of the incredible beauty (and wildlife) have not faded. And now I have John with me, so I get to share it!
Icefields Parkway is a 144 mile stretch of some of the most scenic vistas in the world… stunning mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and valleys… all the way. Banff National Park and Jasper National Park connect to each other midway. If traveling during the spring/early summer, you’d see a lot of wildlife as well. (Both Black Bear and Grizzly, as well as Big Horn Sheep were out there when I traveled through in mid June.)
So, off we went… on the morning of September 11. The significance of the day did not elude us.
There was no way I could drive past Sunwapta Falls without making the detour. It’s another spectacular waterfall in Jasper National Park, and worth the visit. Like Athabasca Falls, there are several observation points.
I would love to share the names of these mountain peaks, and trying to identify them drug me down the “rabbit hole” (aka- internet) for a bit. Sadly… I know my time is better spent getting the post done and live. Since that day we’ve traveled through so many gorgeous places, I don’t know how I’ll ever catch up!
And at the end of a long day of driving the Icefields Parkway we stopped for our last mountain vista before arriving at our campground. I was so surprised and excited to run into photographer friend, Kevin Kubota, that I forgot to photograph the mountain itself!
The following evening we went out for dinner with Kevin and his delightful wife, Clare. They share a wonderfully positive energy, and their obvious love of nature equals our own, so it was a fun filled night!
The following day John and I crossed back into British Columbia to see Takakkaw Falls, which I missed during my last trip to the area because the road was still closed. This one was worth going back for!
Takakkaw, a Cree word for “wonderful, is said to be the second highest waterfall in British Columbia at 1,224 feet! This was in September! Imagine what it looks like in late spring/early summer with all the snowmelt! THAT is what I missed, probably by only a week or two, when I attempted to visit before.
Next up… a day hike at Lake Louise, and more of Banff National Park. This area is all so incredible, and it’s a shame we have to move at such a fast pace in order to experience the places we hope to, before locating ourselves south of the “freeze zone” of Canada and northern U.S. We’re fitting in as much as we can along the way, which is a bit exhausting. Right now we wouldn’t have it any other way. It keeps us young, right? 😜 OK, young at heart. 😂🤣