Thursday, August 15, 2013

Moraine Lake, Icefields Parkway, and Jasper

After getting final pictures of Lake Louise, we headed for Moraine Lake, which is about 20 miles away.  Many people say that Moraine Lake is even more picturesque than Lake Louise, and I now understand why.  The shades of blue in the pictures below are real.

At the end of Moraine Lake

Another view, unobstructed by tourists and logs

There was a canoe rental place at Moraine Lake so we invested an outrageous sum for a rental.  Well worth it.

After our canoe trip, we headed up the Icefields Parkway towards Jasper.  Our first stop was at Peyto Lake.

Peyto Lake

Next stop was Athabasca Glacier, which is the most accessible glacier on the parkway.  You can walk on the glacier and also ride a special bus on it.  Since we walked on the glacier on our 1990 trip and also took a glacier hike in Iceland last year, we settled for just taking in the view.

Note the bus in the distance and the people in the foreground

Below are a couple of shots from our trip in 1990 during the rain.  You can see why we found it necessary to come back.

Eventually we made it to Jasper (which is actually named after a man named Jasper, and not the rock), where we spent the night.

Downtown Jasper

In Jasper

In Jasper

25 July 2013

Today we visited Pyramid Lake, near Jasper, and then drove back down the Icefields Parkway to see a few sights we had missed the previous way.  We then drove back to Jasper and east to Edmonton.

Pyramid Lake
 From Pyramid Lake, we drove south of Jasper to Mt. Edith Cavell.

Mt. Edith Cavell

Angel Glacier, on Mt. Edith Cavell
Next we headed for Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls
 From Athabasca Falls, we headed south to the (slightly smaller) Sunwapta Falls.

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Finally, we headed back up to Jasper, and east for about 4 hours to Edmonton, where we ate dinner and collapsed into bed.

Exiting the east side of Jasper National Park

One of our few animal sightings

Next: Edmonton, Calgary, and Dinosaurs

1 comment:

  1. Moraine Lake might be the most beautiful place I've been. We were told it was (still is maybe?) on the back of the Canadian $20 bill.