Canmore to Jasper along the Icefields Parkway

April 29, 2018  •  8 Comments

Toronto to Vancouver (52 of 102)Toronto to Vancouver (52 of 102)

After leaving 3 Hills, we stayed for a few nights in Canmore, Alberta.   We took a day trip to Jasper along the Icefields Parkway.  The total driving distance from Canmore to Jasper is about 311 km (one way) which takes about four hours.  Well that might be the average but for this photographer it took us closer to thirteen hours.  It was definitely worth the drive but we should have spent the night in Jasper.  We got off the highway to check out this lake.

Toronto to Vancouver (53 of 102)Toronto to Vancouver (53 of 102)

The Columbia Icefields Parkway is supposed to be one of the worlds most scenic  mountain drives.   I have to agree that the scenery was spectacular.  There are views of some of the highest mountains in the Canadian Rockies with over a hundred visible glaciers.  

Toronto to Vancouver (54 of 102)Toronto to Vancouver (54 of 102)

Many of the scenic views are conveniently located next to pullouts or reachable by short walks from the road.  Even if you don't stop, the scenery is stunning. 

Toronto to Vancouver (55 of 102)Toronto to Vancouver (55 of 102) t

The Turquoise colored lakes were so beautiful.  

Toronto to Vancouver (56 of 102)Toronto to Vancouver (56 of 102)

Toronto to Vancouver (57 of 102)Toronto to Vancouver (57 of 102)

We were pretty far away from this waterfall and  there was no way to get closer that we could see (not that we would have had the time).

Toronto to Vancouver (58 of 102)Toronto to Vancouver (58 of 102)

We hiked up to see the Athabasca Glacier.  The glacier currently recedes at a rate of 5 meters (16 ft)per year.  Over the last 125 years, the glacier has receded more than 1.5 km (.93mi) and has lost over half of its volume.

Toronto to Vancouver (59 of 102)Toronto to Vancouver (59 of 102)

The glacier is easily accessible so it is the most visited glacier in North America.  You can actually take a bus to the glacier edge, where the coaches transport tourists over the steep grades, snow and ice part way up the glacier.  

Toronto to Vancouver (60 of 102)Toronto to Vancouver (60 of 102)

Looking away from the Athabasca Glacier.  The glacier is approximately 6km (3.7mi) long, covers an area of 2.3 square miles and is measured to be between 90-300 meters (300-980 ft) thick.

 

Toronto to Vancouver (62 of 102)Toronto to Vancouver (62 of 102)

The Columbia Icefield was formed during the Great Claiation (238,000 to 126,000 BC).  The Icefield is located in the Canadian Rockies beside  the Continental Divide along the border of British Columbia and Alberta.  The ice field lies partly in the northwestern tip of Banff National Park and partly in the southern end of Jasper National Park.  It is about 325 square km (125 sq mi) in area, 100 meters (330 ft) to 365 meters (1,198ft) in depth and receives up to 7 meters (280in) of snowfall per year.

Toronto to Vancouver (63 of 102)Toronto to Vancouver (63 of 102)

We stopped to watch and photograph some Elk beside the highway before heading into Jasper.


Comments

Tricia Matheson(non-registered)
Amazing photos, Marsha. I didn't recognize Athabaska glacier, it has changed so much.
Maureen(non-registered)
Hey Marsha, These shots bring me back to 1980 when I was living in Alberta. You have really captured the area beautifully with these shots. Nice work!
Bill(non-registered)
The views are so spectacular it is hard as a photographer not to be blown away. Your views are sensational
Lynn Muller(non-registered)
Absolutley spectacular shots! We sure have a beautiful country.
Doris(non-registered)
Such gorgeous pictures! Love the lake reflection and the elk!
No comments posted.
Loading...