Along the beautiful Icefields Parkway

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At Mosquito Creek Campsite. Could hardly leave the feet in the river for long as the water was very cold

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.

Cold river by Mosquito Creek Campsite
We had a leisurely day just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful scenery. The creek next to the campsite joins the Bow River a short distance away.

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.

Cooking dinner at Mosquito Creek campsite

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.

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reikkowen says:
lol, so u did see some bears!
Posted on: Sep 26, 2008
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At Mosquito Creek Campsite. Could …
At Mosquito Creek Campsite. Could…
Cold river by Mosquito Creek Camps…
Cold river by Mosquito Creek Camp…
Cooking dinner at Mosquito Creek c…
Cooking dinner at Mosquito Creek …
Water pump to draw water from the …
Water pump to draw water from the…
Crawfoot Glacier in the backgroun
Crawfoot Glacier in the backgroun
Crawfoot Glacier in the backgroun
Crawfoot Glacier in the backgroun
Enjoying a nap
Enjoying a nap
Carpe Diem. Found this in Wilcox…
"Carpe Diem". Found this in Wilco…
At top of Parker Ridge Trail - Sas…
At top of Parker Ridge Trail - Sa…
On the Parker Ridge trail
On the Parker Ridge trail
Flowers blooming on Parker Ridge t…
Flowers blooming on Parker Ridge …
Scenery of the drive along Medicin…
Scenery of the drive along Medici…
Bighorn sheeps near to Medicine La…
Bighorn sheeps near to Medicine L…
Bighorn sheep near Medicine Lake
Bighorn sheep near Medicine Lake
The surefooted bighorn sheeps trot…
The surefooted bighorn sheeps tro…
Sure footed bighorn sheeps on the …
Sure footed bighorn sheeps on the…
A white mountain goat on the slope
A white mountain goat on the slope
Peyto Lake
Peyto Lake
View of Peyto Lake and Glaciers
View of Peyto Lake and Glaciers
Scenic Peyto Lake and mountains in…
Scenic Peyto Lake and mountains i…
Bow Glacier in the background
Bow Glacier in the background
A distant view of Bow Glacier and …
A distant view of Bow Glacier and…
On the Bow Lake trail
On the Bow Lake trail
Bow Glacier Falls
Bow Glacier Falls
Forces of nature, a storm brewing …
Forces of nature, a storm brewing…
Chephren Lake near Waterfowl camps…
Chephren Lake near Waterfowl camp…
View of mountains opposite Chephre…
View of mountains opposite Chephr…
Windy moments by Chephren Lake
Windy moments by Chephren Lake
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