Mistaya Canyon

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  • Day284

    Lake Moraine, Canada

    July 28, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    Just wow. And squirrels.

    This is one of Banff National Park's very on-the-beaten-track highlights. It actually took two attempts to get here as we were turned away the first time; the 14km entry road closed due to excessively high traffic volumes. I know, we should have walked it. The second time we left early and brought a picnic breakfast. It was almost full again at 8am which didn't at all surprise us. It was insanely picturesque, made all the better by our granola and fruit breakfast which we ate overlooking the turquoise lake. We were also joined by a couple of cheeky and very tame squirrels who tried to steal our cereal from all angles whilst we were eating. They had cuteness on their side but given it's a $2500 fine to feed animals in the park, we kept our guard up. The little critters got their claws on my bowl a few times and they have quite the grip!Read more

  • Day284

    Icefields Parkway, Canada

    July 28, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    Roads, rivers and the Rockies.

    This 200-odd km road from Banff to Jasper is appropriately named the Icefields Parkway. It is (or perhaps was) a glaciated valley, pumped full of rivers, glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, trees and alpine meadows, still (and only just) home to the Columbian Icefield whose rivers feed three separate oceans. It is absolutely spectacular. I'll let the photos speak for themselves on this one.

    Along the road there are plenty of stop-offs for walks, viewpoints, picnics, educational signage and even glacier tours. The list is endless. We chose the Parker's Ridge walk which offered jaw dropping views of a glacier and valley with minimal demand on the legs. It was busy and in fact the whole day felt a bit congested with tourists but the valley was big enough for us all and it only took a little extra effort to beat the crowds. This highway would probably be one of the few in the world where it is perfectly acceptable to stop your vehicle in the middle of the road to observe a view or animal. On a highway jam packed with RVs and foreign drivers (ourselves included) it's fairly apparent why it took us all day to drive 200km.

    Although there are said to be dozens of glaciers visible from the highway, many appear to be mere snow caps on mountain peaks. Considering that these monstrous molders were the driving force that shaped the surrounding mountains and valleys (over 3000m high), it's crushing to see them diminished to such puny powers in the landscape they once ruled. What's even sadder is that in meagre decades or less, they won't exist at all and we'll be attempting to describe them to the next generation with nothing but words and photos...and probably a time-lapse video.

    I haven't done much research into glaciers but to keep my conscience clear I've convinced myself of two advantages to glacial melt: more fresh water for our demanding population and more highlands for alpine meadows and young pine forests. Who knows, maybe the lakes will even drop to a swimmable temperature. Perhaps the next generation will appreciate that more than a glacier selfie...
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  • Day86

    Mistaya canyon, Icefield parkway

    August 28, 2016 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    On route coming from the south to Jasper town we were driving along the so called Icefield parkway. Its name got this highway from the several glaciers on the way you can see from the street hanging over the mountains and ultinately ending up at one of the biggest glaciers which is reaching down into the valles ready for tourist to walk to and drive on with buses.

    But before we are actually reaching the Icefield itself we got plenty of stop by and short walk possibilies for short walks to explore natural beauties.
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