Sunwapta Lake

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  • Day13

    13: Icefield Parkway crossing

    September 17 in Canada

    And it's time to move on again! After waking up in our romantic cabin we ate our breaky and left around 10.30 to drive 350km over the Icefield Parkway. It's an amazing ride through the Rocky Mountains. This road isn't always open because of the weather conditions in the winter. Luckily for us it's still open😊. We started with a stop at a lookout spot over the Athabasca pass. A beautifull spot to look out over the valley and some of the biggest mountains in this area. After this we went to the Athabasca falls with lots of turquoise coloured water falling into a great canyon. We could see that this wasn't even the biggest load of water coming through each year but just one tenth maybe. Time to go a bit further to some more falls, the Sunwapta falls. Also loads of water falling down and a very different view on the side. Then we made a few more stops before we encountered the Athabasca Glacier. A short walk took us almost to the edge of the glacier, where it was really windy and cold, but nevertheless amazing to see. At this point we were halfway through the Icefield Parkway and it didn't disappoint us at all. During this wonderfull ride we went into the next National Park, called Banff. If you would only drive through the valleys it's already amazing, but the stops makes it even more gorgeous. We made 2 more stops at the Parker Ridge trailhead and the Crowfoot glacier and because we would come back later on this week to do a traill here we just kept driving the last part of this road and straight to our Motel just outside Banff National Park in 'Golden'. After arriving we dropped off our bags and went for a great meal at The Taps Pub, downtown. Allthough downtown🤔 a few shops and even less restaurants apparently earns the title 'downtown'... Nevertheless the food and the atmosphere were excellent. Around 20.30 we went to the Motel to blog ;-) and have a good night sleep!Read more

  • Day121

    Athabasca Glacier, Jasper NP, Alberta

    September 10, 2015 in Canada

    Wir stehen hier auf knapp 2000 m Höhe am Athabasca Gletscher, umgeben von gewaltigen Bergmassiven, unter Millionen von Sternen.
    Der Icefield Parkway in den kanadischen Rocky Mountains ist an landschaftlicher Schönheit kaum zu überbieten: Schneebedeckte Gipfel spiegeln sich in türkisblauen Seen, reisende Flüsse stürzen in tiefe Schluchten und das Ganze wird begleitet vom Bunt des herbstlichen Waldes.
    Und als wäre das alles noch nicht genug springen auch noch ein paar brünftige Hirsche über die Wiesen (das Bild zeigt allerdings eine Hirschkuh; die stehen da ganz friedlich und warten geduldig auf ihre Begattung ;-)), und die Bären (leider nur ein peinliches Handyfoto) stopfen sich mit Hagebutten und Cranberries ihre Bäuche voll.
    Und die heißen Quellen ... nee, jetzt ist genug. Sonst glaubt das ja wieder keiner.
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  • Day2

    Icefields Parkway

    September 19 in Canada

    Nach der bisher kältesten Nacht im Camper ( mit Frost an der Innenseite der Scheiben ) ging’s zum Maligne Canyon. Dort wurde dann erst einmal mit Bagels und Cornflakes am Fluss gefrühstückt. Nach einem halb stündigen Walk durch den Canyon, der zu unsere Überraschung sehr tief und damit auch sehenswert war, ging’s dann zurück zum Camper und dann auf die schönste Straße Kanadas, dem Icefields Parkway. Auf der Strecke hielten wir kurz am Gletscher an, sahen einige wilde Schafe und schöne Landschaften. Am Campingplatz angekommen suchten wir uns einen schönen Platz im Schnee direkt am eiskalten Gletscherbach. Dann wurde mit Bachwasser, Päckchenreis und Gemüse aus der Dose ein Gericht gezaubert, welches deutlich besser schmeckte als wir erwarteten .Nun lassen wir hier unseren Abend ausklingen und wärmen uns etwas für die bevorstehende Nacht im Camper.Read more

  • Day11

    Words can hardly express the ‘wow’ factor for the 230 kilometre experience. Travelling north and then south three days later, we found ourselves amazed, speechless, exhilarated to exhausted by the many amazing vistas.

    I won’t bore you with the detail, just the highlights. Sadly I am limited to six shots for the article, as long as you know they severely under state the magnificence, beauty and power of this place, this experience, this two days of our lives.

    Seeing frozen lakes became common, beginning with the magic of the well featured Lake Louise. None of this perfect blue skies, pristine waters, green grass and red canoes. Oh no, there was more than a metre of snow in places, with ice rinks still noticeable on the lake’s surface and heavy skies in the background. But given all of that there was still something special about taking a selfie with the very recognisable vee of the mountains.

    Heading north saw us experience increasing snow, with the highest point of the trek being over 2000 metres. Bow Pass was special, especially on the way back. I struggled for twenty minutes up a snow-covered road to get a view of the famous Peyto Lake. Missing its blue mystique Peyto was was still well frozen!

    The action of water has led to amazing rock formations and waterfalls. Mistaya Canyon, Sunwapta and Athabasca Falls all highlighted the incredible powerful force of water over time. It is amazing, and photos don’t really give its true power and dynamic.

    Parker Ridge highlighted a ‘whoopsie’ in the road [a technical term for large corner and gradual climb] offering awesome views north through the valley.

    To experience Athabasca Glacier was amazing. We found the commercialism somewhat distasteful, so we ventured through some snow [not good for Sheree’s knees] to a viewpoint. With a strong breeze coming off a glacier, deeper than the Eiffel Tower is tall, it gave us an inkling of the uniqueness of this spot... it was freezing!

    On our return journey gloriously clear skies were enjoyed much of the way. Plus we were blessed with wildlife - black bear, grizzly bear, large horned sheep, elk, deer... to name a few.

    By the way, how do you define a traffic jam along the Parkway? It’s cars stopping and photographing wildlife. Sheree came within five metres of the black bear or should I say the bear came that close to her open window. [I had to hold her back]

    We are glad we have had this experience. And as a tour director / bus driver from Melbourne told us from his thirty years experience coming back here annually, “...this is the best time of year to come.” There is still plenty of snow [but not too much] and the tourists numbers haven’t grown to the mammoth proportions of summer time.

    Thank you Icefield Parkway... you are beyond Wow!
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  • Day19

    Od 39782
    Miles 463
    28.6 mpg
    SOC 86 Percent
    46 F

    Night in Icefields hotel area - not a lot of amenities, but incredible views.
    Lots of traffic and construction today - guess we are back to civilization.

    Might make it home today depending on the route we take.
    Granola for breakfast and a pastry stop at Lake Louise 🙂👣

  • Day29

    Jasper - Icefield

    July 17, 2017 in Canada

    Athabasca Glacier
    Wir konnten fast bis an diesen Gletscher hoch wandern. Leider sah man auch, dass der Gletscher immer weiter zurückgeht.

    Und unten beim Parkplatz befindet sich der Sunwapta Lake.

    Vorher haben wir noch den Bow Lake und den Peyto Lake gesehen oder nicht gesehen. War ziemlich nebelig. Letzteres fanden wir echt schlimm, weil da gefühlt 100 Asiaten sich auf einen Aussichtspunkt drängelten und gesehen hat man eh fast nichts. In diesem Urlaub sind uns Asiaten wirklich sehr negativ aufgefallen.
    Um mal so richtig zu pauschalieren: sie drängeln sich bei den Toiletten vor, obwohl ich mit einem Kind da stehe, sind unfreundlich und unhöflich, machen keinen Platz, auch wenn man schon alleine am Weg steht, müssen sie sich trotzdem noch mit ihrer Gruppe vorbeischieben, merken nicht, dass sie anderen ins Bild laufen, ok, kann mir auch passieren, aber entschuldigen kennen sie auch nicht. Sorry, allen den ich hier unrecht tue, aber irgendwie ticken die anders.😳
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  • Day266

    In Icefield we also did the Glacier Skywalk. To be honest I expected a better view of the glaciers but most likely you saw the valley and the mountains in the far end. Nevertheless the construction itself was impressive!
    On the way towards Jasper we stopped at the quite busy Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Falls as well as the beautiful located Honeymoon Lake Campground.
    The Icefield Parkway (Hwy between Banff and Jasper) is an amazing road to travel but gets really busy in summer. Anyway, in early june we were still lucky with the traffic!Read more

  • Day51

    Das Columbia Icefield ist wirklich ein mächtiger Gletscher. Es war super interessant zu sehen, wie die Berge und die Vegetation sich verändert hat, je näher man dem Gletscher war. Um sich die Dimension des Gletschers vorstellen zu können, sollte man wissen, dass der Gletscher gleich drei Weltmeere mit Wasser versorgt.
    Leider sieht man besonders bei Gletschern den Klimawandel drastisch. Wenn die Gletscherschmelze im aktuellen Tempo weitergeht, ist der Millionen Jahre alte Gletscher in knapp 100 Jahren komplett geschmolzen.Read more

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