Bob & Linda's Alaska Trip 2009 travel blog

Downtown Jasper

Athabasca Falls on Icefields Parkway

Smokey vista of Canadian Rockies

Glacier in Canadian Rockies on Icefield Parkway

Canadian Rockies in background

Canadian Rockies vista

Canadian Rockies vista

Only part of Lake Louise Resort

Dall Sheep - our only wildlife sighting

Hiking trail to Columbia Glacier

Canadian Rockies

Canadian Rockies Vista


The Ice fields Parkway is the most scenic drive in North America, we saved the best for last - (I think). We spent the weekend between Jasper National and Banff National Parks. Toured around Jasper, taking in all the sights from the truck as walking is out of the question for Bob. It is a popular ski area in the winter and summer attractions include fishing, horseback riding, rafting and boating so you can imagine the crowds. We were lucky to get a site for the night and we were in a park that had 781 sites. Our next stop was Athabasca Falls which drops 40 ft but it's through a narrow canyon so lots of water. The vistas were spectacular even though we had a smokey haze (Fire started from lighting strike the night before). Lots of hiking trails to explore to water falls, etc. along the way. At the Columbia Glacier you can take sno-coach tours on the glacier. Stopping at Lake Louise (on a Sat afternoon mind you)proved to be a little bit of a challenge. Couldn't get near the hotel and the crowd was worse than Jasper so moved on. As we traveled down the parkway, the reports on accommodations was not good - everything was full in the Banff area.(Banff is popular in the summer for its scenery and in the winter for its skiing) So left the mountains and stayed just south of Calgary Sat night. Sunday, we were back in the lower 48 and traveled the east side of Glacier National Park (as the road through the park was under construction and we were not allowed to go thru). Guess we are not suppose to see Glacier as when we were near here in 2003 it was on fire. Our only disappointment was the lack of wildlife in the parks - one group of Dall Sheep was all we saw.



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