Canadian Rockies: Jasper and the Icefields Parkway

Along the Icefields Parkway
Along the Icefields Parkway
Heading north on the Icefields Parkway we stopped off at the Icefield Centre to take a tour of the Athabasca Glacier in an Ice Explorer, a vehicle with balloon tyres that can drive over the crevassed surface. There was also plenty of time to walk (slide) about on the ice and take pictures.

The next day (my 50th birthday) we hiked the Cavell Meadows trail. The snow-covered Mount Edith Cavell peeks out in the centre of the photo below – at 11000+ feet, no way were we ever going to hike all the way up that!

Mount Edith Cavell
Mount Edith Cavell
The Cavell Meadows trail took us to several viewpoints with good views of the mountain and Angel Glacier.

Day 2 saw us at Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake (though we also visited Medicine Lake, apparently, so I’m not 100% sure which lake that is below. Corrections welcome!)

On our final day in Jasper we took the Jasper Tramway 3280 feet up the steep north face of The Whistlers – named after the hoary marmots that live there – and we were lucky enough to see one. From the upper terminal, we hiked to the true summit.

The next day we headed back south to our last stop – Lake Louise. More next Monday!

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38 thoughts on “Canadian Rockies: Jasper and the Icefields Parkway

  1. TanGental February 8, 2016 / 11:28

    Brings back lots of memories too, esp the glacier.

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  2. Pit February 8, 2016 / 12:43

    Hi Anabel,
    Fantastic pitures. But they make me sad some, too, wondering for how long we’ll be able to enjoy these wonders of nature. 🙂
    Have a great day,
    Pit

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    • Anabel Marsh February 8, 2016 / 12:46

      I know what you mean, Pit. I’m already working on my next series (Galapagos) which makes me feel that even more.

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      • Pit February 8, 2016 / 16:20

        One of the reasons why I gave up skiing is that I didn’t want to contribute to the pollution of such sensitive areas.

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  3. joylovestravel February 8, 2016 / 13:24

    Incredible scenery and love the sound of that Ice Explorer vehicle!

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  4. dormousetidings February 8, 2016 / 20:53

    What a memorable way to spend your 50th! Beautiful photographs 🙂

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    • Anabel Marsh February 8, 2016 / 21:03

      Thank you! Tempted to go back for 60th – which is much nearer then I’d like it to be.

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  5. lisadorenfest February 9, 2016 / 01:05

    After the open ocean, the Canadian Rockies are my favorite place on earth. Love the images.

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  6. Birgit February 9, 2016 / 01:08

    These are great pictures! To think my friend is there all through summer

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    • Anabel Marsh February 9, 2016 / 07:29

      But it’s work, isn’t it? Keep telling yourself that!

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  7. giselzitrone February 9, 2016 / 10:12

    Wunderschöne Fotos und viel Schnee liebe Grüße und einen schönen Tag Gruß Gislinde

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  8. darwinontherocks February 9, 2016 / 12:02

    Oh wow this looks incredible ! I’ve seen glaciers in two different locations so far (iceland and Mont Rainier) but I would love to discover the Canadian Rockies !

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    • Anabel Marsh February 9, 2016 / 12:08

      Well worth a visit! I’ve also seen other glaciers, but in Alaska and Austria – Mt Ranier is somewhere I’d like to go.

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      • darwinontherocks February 9, 2016 / 16:25

        Mt rainier is really amazing and the wildflowers and animals are really easy to spot over there

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  9. Hilary February 9, 2016 / 17:11

    Hi Anabel – wonderful photos and reminders – I hope when I get to go back the weather will be kind … to have snow fall as we did was a little much and it was July 4 at that stage … You managed to squeeze in quite a lot .. cheers Hilary

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    • Anabel Marsh February 9, 2016 / 17:22

      Thanks, Hilary! I doubt we’d be quite so active these days…..

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  10. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) February 10, 2016 / 15:32

    Wow, Edith Cavell really does crop up everywhere, doesn’t she?! Stunning scenery, and I like that cheeky marmot thrown in at the end! 🙂

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  11. Alex Hurst February 11, 2016 / 03:53

    That looks like an amazing trip. I have to admit, though, the juxtaposition with the ice and your short sleeves had my brain going in knots, haha. I guess it was pretty moderate outside! But what a lovely view. 🙂

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    • Anabel Marsh February 11, 2016 / 07:37

      Yes, it just doesn’t seem to make sense, but the weather was very warm – one of their hottest summers as I remember.

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      • Alex Hurst February 11, 2016 / 08:13

        Well, at least it would be easy to cool down or warm up, then! 🙂

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  12. Becky B February 13, 2016 / 12:06

    Brings back very happy memories of a trip there over 20yrs ago. My recollection is that Maligne Lake has the island with a few pine trees on it!

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    • Anabel Marsh February 13, 2016 / 12:23

      Thanks. Remembering is so hard! In the old days, I carefully labelled the back of hard copy photos. There weren’t that many of them to do. Now 1000s of digital images just sit there un-indexed, and although I’m good at keeping a diary of where we’ve been it’s not always detailed enough. 21st century problems!

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      • Becky B February 13, 2016 / 12:29

        When I went round the world I was so disciplined every evening after writing my diary, I would go through my digital photographs 1 by 1 and record in a book where I took every single one. I just knew I wouldn’t remember on my return. 10 years later I’m not as good and like you have zillions of un-indexed!

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  13. vannillarock February 14, 2016 / 20:34

    What a great post- thank you!
    All my shots of our holiday there are before I started to shoot digital and it’s one of those projects! I’d probably be quicker going back and taking more. Look forward to lake Louise post- one of my personal highlights.

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    • Anabel Marsh February 14, 2016 / 20:41

      Yes, I’ve been doing a lot of scanning lately for my next series (Galapagos). It’s a pain! Lake Louise is tomorrow’s offering.

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  14. jazzfeathers February 25, 2016 / 21:37

    The glacier looks beautiful. And I love that marmot! You were so lucky to see one 🙂

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