According to some, the Icefields Parkway is the most spectacular journey in the world. This is a big call to make and it definitely did not apply to our journey. This is how our day at the end of September started:
Definitely not what we were hoping for and if we had have thought about it, we may have considered doing half of the drive the day before and missing Maligne Lake.
The Icefields Parkway took us from Jasper to Lake Louise. There were some beautiful sights along the way, but the drive itself was fairly boring as we couldn’t see the mountains for the fog / clouds. And, as you would know if you have read previous blogs, not a bit of wildlife to be seen!
Our first stop was the Athabasca falls. These were pretty, but it turns out I didn’t get any spectacular photos of. This was not helped by the miserable day or by visiting at the end of summer in a reasonably dry year. You might want to check out this blog photo for a different perspective.
The water was, as often the case, a beautiful blue.
It is amazing how things will grow in the most unlikely places.
Not many people were coming down this path (go under the little bridge!), but for this reason alone, it is worth the walk. The section takes you to the lookout you can see in the background of the photo above.
Someone didn’t want to get their feet wet!
Next on our trip was the Sunwapta falls. Great waterfalls. No great photos, so I won’t bore you with them, but I did like these tree roots!
Next…. I present…. the highlight of the drive…. the Columbia Icefields.
Hmmm. We had driving rain and wind when we walked to the lookout. Spectacular eh?
You can pay to get up a bus up to the ice. However, we decided not to waste our money on the trip for an extremely uncomfortable visit. There were lots of people still doing it though even with the weather this way!
Closer to Lake Louise are the beautiful Peyto Lake and Bow Lake. Even on a wet day like the day we were there, the lake is vibrant. It is only a 10 minute walk, and definitely worth it. For those less able-bodied, there is also a drop-off point right at the lookout.
I also took my obligatory picture of some mushrooms!
Bow Lake is just a little further along the road. I loved the way the mountains met the lake.
Take the very short drive into the Lodge and a short walk to see these views:
That was the end of our drive – still great even for the weather, but we hope to do it again sometime.