Lake Louise to Jasper

This morning we got up at 5.45am so that we could watch the changing colours that were produced when the sun rose behind the hotel and shone onto Mt Victoria and the Glacier and the lake.  It was beautiful, changing from pinks to gold and we could see the mountain reflected in the parts of the lake that had thawed.

We forgot to mention yesterday that we were not able to go to Moraine Lake because the road was closed because it still had snow over it – a bit disappointing.

After breakfast, we boarded our bus to head towards Jasper.  We journeyed along the Icefields Parkway, a very scenic drive, travelling along a chain of massive icefields straddling the Continental Divide.  We entered Jasper National Park, established in 1907 and one of Canada’s oldest and largest national parks.

Our first stop was at the Crowfoot Glacier, Crowfoot Mountain, Bow Lake and Bow Glacier.  As we drove along we were surprised to see that there was still snow on the ground in same areas.

We stopped for a cuppa just past the Saskatchewan River Crossing and then continued on to the

giant Columbia Icefield, which is 325 square kilometres, and had lunch in the Icefield Centre.

After lunch we were driven in one of their buses up to a changeover point where we went for a ride in a specially designed Ice Explorer up onto the Athabasca Glacier.  The glacier is 300m deep and is moving at 25m per year, which is pretty amazing.  We were able to get out onto the glacier and stand on the ice. Sandy had a drink from the glacier water and said that it was lovely.

Our visit to the Glacier was absolutely brilliant!!  Lots of photos were taken here!

As we drove along we came to an impressive mountain that, through thousands of years of water rushing down it, had created what is referred to as the Weeping Wall.  We drove past the Bridal Falls and stopped for a photo opportunity overlooking the highway we had just travelled on and the Nigel Creek beside it.

Our next stop was at the Athabasca Fall, which, at a 23 metre drop is not very high by Canadian Rockies standards, but the size of the river makes it one of the most powerful falls to be found in the mountain national parks. Pouring over a layer of hard quartzite, the falls have cut into the softer limestone beneath, carving intricate features, including potholes and a short canyon.  Lots of photos were taken here too!

Very soon after this, our driver suddenly slowed down as he could see a couple of cars and a bus stopped by the side of the road, and there in amongst the trees WE SAW A BLACK BEAR!  We were not able to get any good photos, but were delighted that we had seen it.

We continued our journey north and arrived at Jasper late in the afternoon. Jasper is located in western Alberta, Canada and is the commercial centre of Jasper National Park, located in the Canadian Rockies in the Athabasca River valley.

We checked into the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, a mountain retreat located on the shores of Lake Beauvert and surrounded by magnificent scenery.  As we drove into the large grounds, we saw an elk.

Another beautiful day with lots of varied scenery but with the common theme of mountains, snow, rivers, trees and animals!

Tomorrow, we will be boarding the Rocky Mountaineer train for two days, so we are not sure if we will actually have any internet coverage until we arrive back at Vancouver.


2 Responses to “Lake Louise to Jasper”

  1. Ella says:

    Hi Na & Poppa

    It was nice to look at all your photos today with Mummy. I gave her a running commentary – water, snow. snow, trees, water, ooh Na, yay Poppa, trees, snow, where Poppa gone? – you get the idea 🙂

    Miss you.
    Love Ella xoxo

  2. Maria says:

    Almost feel cold looking at all that snow – brilliant photos and loving travelling along with you, lots of love xx

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