Along the beautiful Icefields Parkway
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The Icefields Parkway is indeed the most beautiful road in the world!!!
This 230 km of scenic highway spanning Banff and Jasper National Park commemorates Canada's powerful natural landscape. From the beginning of the highway at Lake Louise in Banff National Park to Whistler in Jasper National Park, the scenery is inspiring with awesome mountains, breathtaking sceneries, glistening ancient glaciers, turquoise lakes and evergreen forests.
Our first stop on the Icefields Parkway is Mosquito Creek Campsite. The name was rather befitting as the campsite did indeed have plenty of mosquitoes, just like with other campsites.
Although it is the midst of summer, the water temperature in the creek was a low of approx. 5 deg C. By immersing the feet into the cold water for just a few seconds, one could already feel the pain and numbness! However that was a rather good therapy for me for the itchiness of the mosquitoes bites. As this was a very basic campsite, I had my first taste of collecting water by pumping it from the ground.
Our stop at Waterfowl Lake campsite was certainly rewarding as the scenery of the Chephren Mountain and lake was beautiful. The scenery of the Peyto Lake and Bow Summit area nearby was even more stunning. The setting of the Peyto Lake was more than perfect! The view from one side of this turquoise lake was the endless mountain range in the horizon while the view from the other side was the surrounding mountains and the Wapta Icefield.
A memorable trek in this area was the Bow Glacier Falls trail that took us around the Bow Lake, through the pebbles and rocks filled path right to the waterfall just beneath the glacier.
The most beautiful trail on this Icefield Parkway in my opinion is the Parkers Ridge trail. This gradually inclined trail with alpine flowers blooming along the trail offers an awesome and breathtaking view of the Saskatchawen Glacier and River at the top. This is a very popular trail with visitors and we were lucky to have the trail almost all to ourselves when we started our hike at around 5.30pm in the evening. I certainly would highly recommend this trail for a great view of the glaciers over the more popular and conveniently located Columbia Icefield next to the Icefield Center where there are hordes of tourists visit each day.
We finally spotted a black bear next to the highway while on the journey to Whistler. It was really easy to know that a wild animal was roaming around the highway by the "traffic jams" created as people stopped their vehicles and tried to get a good view or pictures of the wild animals. We had three other sighting of bears during the trip.