1st October. Left lake Louise to drive the 230 kms to Jasper. The road is the Icefield parkway. It seems to go on for ever and at this time of the year its pretty deserted. The journey takes a long time because there is so much to see along the way.
First stop was Bow lake and Glacier then on to Peyto Lake. This is a brilliant turqouise lake. Apparently the colour is due to the 'rock flour' which is ground down rock from glacier movement which mixes with the water.
A little bit further on we stopped at Mistaya canyon and walked up to see the view.
Lunch was at Parker Ridge. No such thing as a free lunch. We hiked up the mountain to the top of the ridge. Its a wind swept ridge with a breath taking view of the Saskatchewan Glacier. We've lunched on hills in the Lake District but this was right up there as a picnic spot.
10 kms further on and we reached the Columbia Icefield where the Athebasca glacier resides. We did a trip on to the glacier and spent a half hour walking on it. They take you up on a 6 wheel drive bus. tyres are $5000 dollars each and Kwik Fit dont hold them in stock !!! It was a super moment but sad to see how quickly the glacier is dissapearing. See it soon or you may not get the chance.
Next stop was Athabasca falls. This is the most powerful water flow in the Rockies.
Eventually arrived in Jasper. A 3 hour drive became an 8 hour drive with all the stops and picture taking. Weather is still beautiful. It should be knee deep in snow by rights. Now we have 2 nights in Jasper.