Sometimes on these trips I feel like the universe gets together and decides to give me something really amazing when I’ve had a few disappointments. I was admittedly feeling pretty sad about Kananaskis and Moraine Lake, but it didn’t take more than a few kilometers into the Icefields Parkway before I didn’t feel bad anymore. It is stunning beyond words.
We stopped at almost every single stop along the way from Banff to Jasper. It was easily the most beautiful day of my entire life! There were, as per usual, lots of “it’s so beautiful!”s and “oh my goodness!”s. Basically your standard “road trip through the mountains with Jen” fare.
The Athabasca Glacier at the Columbia Icefield is essentially the gateway to Jasper National Park. It is astonishingly large, and seeing glaciers on top of mountains that were easily over 100 feet thick was jaw-dropping. However, the Athabasca Glacier is retreating very quickly, and it’s sad to see the acceleration of that retreat in more recent years. They mark the hike up to the viewpoint with location of the toe by year, and it was crazy to see where it was even just when I was born 26 earlier.
After a full day of staring out the windshield and the sunroof with my jaw in my lap, we got to camp (which was awesome) and decided to have dinner at Tim Horton’s. (Because, did you really go to Canada if you didn’t eat at Tim Horton’s? Hahaha.) We met some cool people from Sweden who thought Teddy was the most beautiful dog they’d ever seen, and after getting back to camp we took a little stroll along the river- which was RIGHT BEHIND OUR CAMPSITE. Mega dreamy.