Exploring Jasper National Park

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Big Horn Sheep

They don’t call it the Icefields Parkway for nothing.  The day was cloudy as we closed down the trailer and started off to enjoy the scenery along the Icefields Parkway to make our way to Jasper.  As we headed north the clouds thickened and rain showers threatened.  We needed gas so we stopped in Lake Louise and found gas at $1.39/L. That is over $5 a gallon. Ouch!  Then we entered the Parkway.  Our first stop was Bow Lake and Glacier.  The beautiful blue lake was still frozen is some areas and the mountain tops along the parkway are covered with fresh snow. 

Next we decided to take the hike (up a walking path) to Peyto Lake.

Bow Lake
  To get there we crossed what is called a “snow forest,” which smelled just like Christmas, and there was still about a foot of snow on the ground.  It can snow any day of the year there and today was not exception.  It flurried while we were there.  Peyto is a glacier fed lake and is a beautiful dark turquoise blue.  We then we farther up the trail to Bow Summit, the highest point you can reach on the Icefields Parkway at 7000 feet.  Unfortunately we were not dressed for winter.  It was cold.

Our next stops were at Waterfowl Lakes, Cirrus Mountain, Bridal Veil Fall, and Parker Ridge. 

Then we arrived at the Columbia Icefields, which gives the parkway its name.  We went out to the Athabasca glacier, another cold place. 

As we traveled we passed several groups of big horn sheep, one of which was posing cooperatively along the side of the road. 

We made one last stop as we made our way to Jasper, at Tangle Falls.  On the northern end of the parkway, the Endless Chain which is the longest unbroken sting of mountains in the Canadian Rockies stretches along the side of the road.

We had just about every weather condition possible as we made our way up the parkway, blue skies, rain, snow and sleet.

Tomorrow we will spend the day exploring the northern end of the parkway from Jasper.  We are still hoping for better weather.

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Big Horn Sheep
Big Horn Sheep
Bow Lake
Bow Lake
Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls
Female elk
Female elk
Icy Bow Lake
Icy Bow Lake
More ice on Bow Lake
More ice on Bow Lake
Peyto Lake
Peyto Lake
Shaggy big horn sheep
Shaggy big horn sheep
Snow forest
Snow forest
Squirrel
Squirrel
Tangle Falls
Tangle Falls
Athabasca Glacier on the Columbia …
Athabasca Glacier on the Columbia…
Waterfowl Lake
Waterfowl Lake
Jasper
photo by: marg_eric