This was our third day in the Canadian Rockies. The road between Jasper and Lake Louise – Highway 93 or better known as the Icefields Parkway – has some of the most stunning scenery either of us has ever seen. The road is iconic, taking you past glaciers and towering mountains, beautiful glacial lakes, and a snow-covered landscape. This road is as famous as any attraction along this stretch of highway, and once you drive it you will understand why.
We woke up in the morning to blue skies and couldn’t wait to get out onto the road and start our day of exploring. The second half of our day began with Glaciers, including the awe-inspiring Athabasca Glacier, which is part of the massive Columbia Icefields, which give this iconic road its name. We drove for many hours, past beautiful lakes, towering mountains, and trees covered in snow. It’s hard to put these experiences into words, so it’s a good thing we both brought our cameras.
The second half of our drive down the Icefields Parkway, took us from the Athabasca Glacier to Bow and Peyto Lake’s, just north of Lake Louise where highway 93 meets up with the Trans Canada Highway #1. Around every turn, there was something new and amazing for us to see. For every place that we did stop, there were 2-3 places that we had to skip by, either due to lack of time or because some roads had been closed for the winter.
We were so lucky to get amazing weather for this drive, as the blue skies and fresh snow were perfect for photography. The one thing we wish we had was more time, as this “4-hour drive” took us at least 8-9 hours, and by the time we pulled into Lake Louise to sleep for the night, it was already dark.
We will have to go back again; we’ve already begun to discuss a “next time”, as we missed so many great places. We would love to return in the summer, as there were many hiking trails we had planned to do, but couldn’t because we were prepared for fall hiking and did not anticipate the first snowfall arriving the week we showed up.
This is part two of our photography collection from this incredible drive, as simply couldn’t justify cutting out half of our pictures from this drive; if you enjoy this post, please have a look at “The Icefields Parkway – Part One” for yourselves. The road was so amazing we had to split our pictures into two posts. There were a few places that we had enough pictures to justify their own in-depth post, which includes the Columbia Icefield & Athabasca Glacier, Bow & Peyto Lakes, and Athabasca Falls.
We hope you enjoy our latest photo-journal featuring our drive down the Icefields Parkway. Stay tuned later this week for our pictures from one of our favourite adventures in the Rocky Mountains; the legendary destination of Lake Louise! Happy Friday everyone!
First Glacier Viewpoint
Jasper / Banff Boundary
On the Road
Saskatchewan River Crossing
Bow and Peyto Lakes