Along the Icefields Parkway

Crowfoot Glacier and Bow Lake

From Glacier, we headed north to Jasper along the Icefields Parkway. A few days later, we drove back down the same road to Lake Louise (there really isn’t any other way). We made several stops each time which I’ve combined into one south to north sequence, starting with the Crowfoot Glacier viewpoint (above).

Peyto Lake and Bow Lake Lookout

This was a day of very poor visibility due to smoke blowing over from the fires in BC. From the parking lot at Bow Summit, a short, steep, paved trail leads to a viewing platform over Peyto Lake (first picture). It was thronged with people so we only got one photograph but, as is often the case, we carried on a bit further and lost most of them. The trail to Bow Lake Lookout goes through forest, moraine and snow, some of which is not terribly solid. Guess who went in to thigh level? Still, to make up for that we met a cute marmot. The view of Bow Lake was pretty enough but nothing like it could have been in other circumstances. The picture near the end of the gallery, slightly enhanced, is the best we have.

Parker’s Ridge

The trail to Parker’s Ridge, overlooking the Saskatchewan Glacier, is about half way between Lake Louise and Jasper. We hiked here in 2007 too – the weather wasn’t great then, but better than it was in 2017 with a squall of hail at the top. The panoramas below are just before the storm and just after.

Bears!

On the drive down from Jasper, we saw a mother with two cubs! Much zoomed and a bit blurry, but still – bears!

Sunwapta Falls

We stopped here on the way down and had lunch at the nearby Sunwapta Falls Resort. It wasn’t amazing, but it was a lot better than the meal we had at the resort at Saskatchewan River Crossing on the way up – although, to be fair, there are three places to eat on site. We chose the Parkway Pub for the views from its deck – I’d recommend you to forego the view and try one of the other options.

Athabasca Falls

We spent about an hour here exploring the various trails round the Falls. Such awesome power in the water – we were reminded of this by the plaques to those who thought it would be fun to hop over the fence and never came back.

Three busy days in Jasper coming up next.

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60 thoughts on “Along the Icefields Parkway

  1. jazzfeathers October 1, 2017 / 14:55

    The falls are beautiful. But then I have athing with water 😉
    So impressing that a fire can have that impact on the environment even so far away. I didn’t imagine that.

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    • Anabel Marsh October 1, 2017 / 15:00

      Yes, the falls were my favourite part too, especially Athabasca.

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  2. mukhamani September 30, 2017 / 16:09

    Thank you for all the wonderful photos 🙂

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  3. Lyn September 24, 2017 / 19:41

    Beautiful photos. I have wanted to visit here for many years. Unique and gorgeous

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  4. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy September 23, 2017 / 16:25

    The Icefields Parkway is one of those roads I would love to visit again with more time – the first time I did it, I was on the way to a wedding and only had a limited amount of time. It was still one of the most beautiful roads I have ever been on.

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  5. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) September 21, 2017 / 16:49

    While I’m sure it’s neat to see bears in the wild, I think I prefer the marmots. They’re less likely to eat your face!

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  6. Donna September 21, 2017 / 00:33

    I love this post — especially the panoramic storm views, the bears…and your honesty about the food! I look forward to reading your upcoming posts about Jasper.

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    • Anabel Marsh September 21, 2017 / 08:02

      Food and weather (mostly!) improved greatly in Jasper!

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  7. cassam101 September 20, 2017 / 17:35

    What great photos. It looks amazing. Great photos of the bears.

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  8. Blue Sky Scotland September 20, 2017 / 09:53

    Looks a great trip. Shame about the smoke over the landscape with the forest fires.

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    • Anabel Marsh September 20, 2017 / 10:35

      It was fabulous! The smoke came and went so we got a few clear days when the wind was in a different direction.

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