By the time we reached the impressive Lake Louise, we were already an hour behind schedule, and over 400 photos richer, but disappointingly no wildlife spotted. In those two hours the weather had already changed from a crisp breezy morning, to warm winter sunshine, to a full-on snow blizzard, with Lake Louise not even visible from the terrace of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise! Within the blink of an eye the skies were blue again and Lake Louise, although still frozen and covered in snow, was majestically sitting in front of us
We set off again for the rest of our Canadian Rockies adventure, our GPS set for Jasper, which it informed us would be a 2.5-hour drive. Hmm…what it didn’t tell us was that the scenery would be so breathtakingly beautiful that we would be stopping every ten minutes for photo opportunities or taking diversions to dramatic waterfalls. Mountains tower above you on both sides, clad with pine trees and topped with snow; frozen lake after lake; glaciers, and mountain peaks piercing the sky at every turn, but still no wildlife. Many a stop was made for that iconic Canadian Rockies photo; in fact, we took so many that it’s now difficult to remember which lake, glacier and mountain they are of!
One of the most popular attractions along the Icefields Parkway is to take the Ice Explorer on to Athabasca Glacier and ‘walk on air’ at the Sky Walk. You first board a specially adapted vehicle created to traverse icefields, then head high up onto the Athabasca Glacier…a truly unique experience.
A newer attraction is the Skywalk, a metal and glass structure jutting out of the mountainside and over the valley below (similar to the one at the Grand Canyon), which is not for the faint hearted.
Travelling north the lakes start to disappear and raging rivers take over, with more photo stops made at Sawapta and the stunning Athabasca Falls.
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