Icefields Parkway Revisited

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Mt. Robson

The beautiful blue skies that greeted us this morning gave us hope that the return drive down the Icefields Parkway would be a nice one.  We had saved a few places to stop on our return trip rather than just driving straight through.

As we approached the park from the west, Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, was in full view.  This is a mountain like Mt. McKinley which makes its own weather due to its height and snow cover on top.  So, having the mountain visible is an unusual event.  We had not seen it on either other drive through the area.

With only a few miles left for us on the Yellowhead Highway, Yellowhead Lake caught our eye with the peaceful reflections of the mountains and trees.

Our first planned stop on the Parkway was Sunwapta Falls, but before we arrived there we were stopped by a herd of mountain goats licking the minerals from the side of the road.  They just stayed and let the many who stopped take pictures.  Then it was on to the falls.

After leaving the falls and making the climb up the pass, we stopped at the overlook for the Sunwapta River valley.  The altitude at the point is over 6000 feet with the mountains still looming l000’s of feet higher.

After a quick stop at the Athabasca Glacier, we drove on to the Saskatchewan Crossing for lunch and a walk out to the overlook to the valley.  By this time the blue skies had given way to storm clouds.  With a few more stops for quick photos at Bow Lake, which had thawed since we had seen it in June, Bow Glacier and Crowfoot Glacier, we were soon on our way to spend the night at Canmore.

Tomorrow we are off to Montana and our final border crossing.

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Mt. Robson
Mt. Robson
Yellowhead Lake
Yellowhead Lake
Mountain goat
Mountain goat
Goat trio
Goat trio
Mom and baby
Mom and baby
Coming down
Coming down
Bow Lake, Crowfoot Mountain and Cr…
Bow Lake, Crowfoot Mountain and C…
Bow Lake and Crowfoot Glacier
Bow Lake and Crowfoot Glacier
Moose Lake
Moose Lake
Mt. Fitzwilliam
Mt. Fitzwilliam
Mountain scenery
Mountain scenery
Mountain and river
Mountain and river
Sunwapta Falls
Sunwapta Falls
Sunwapta Valley
Sunwapta Valley
Stark mountains
Stark mountains
Saskatchewan River valley
Saskatchewan River valley
Rugged mountains
Rugged mountains
Canmore
photo by: Vikram