The Icefields Parkway

By Sarah Reynolds | Jun 02, 2016
Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds What looks like snow in the center of the photo is likely a glacier, along the Columbia Icefields Parkway in Alberta, Canada.

Jasper National Park, Alberta — Wednesday we headed out of Banff and got back on Alberta's 93 North to go to Jasper. The part of 93 we were on is known as the Columbia Icefields Parkway because it passes through a region with more glaciers than anywhere else in the northern hemisphere outside of the Arctic Circle.

I thought the glaciers would look blue, like icebergs, and Maureen says up close they do, but from a distance they don't. They not only contribute to the majesty of the scenery directly, they have formed the mountains and valleys over hundreds of millions of years. It's a different take on the concept of "ice sculpture."

Today will be a rest day in Jasper, finding a laundromat, maybe doing a little sightseeing and getting ready for our big push to Fairbanks. When we leave Jasper tomorrow, we will spend six nights in six different places until we get to the city north of Denali.

A snow-striped mountain stands out beneath the clouds on the Columbia Icefields Parkway. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Cushla enjoys a drink from a glacial stream and a chance to stretch her legs. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
(Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
(Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
The effects of glacial erosion on the mountains are easily seen along Alberta's Columbia Icefields Parkway. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Either a stream or a trail of snow descends through the mountains in Alberta's Canadian Rockies. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
On the road towards Jasper National Park. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Alberta's Jasper National Park. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
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