Traveling up the Icefields Parkway (Rt. 93) towards Jasper was another spectacular day of sightseeing. Alpine lakes and rivers continued to display the beautiful turquoise color of glacial melting and the snow-covered peaks stood out in sharp contrast to the green meadows and forests. Baby mountain goats crossed the road in front of one coach, but fortunately we were all going slow up a steep incline and the babies made it safely to the other side of the road!!! We saw another black bear and were able to stop and take more pictures. He was VERY close so we stayed in our motorhomes although he acted like our presence was no big deal.
There were waterfalls and vistas along the Icefields Parkway that we could not capture while traveling by them in the motor home. So we ventured by car along the scenic byway back down to Athabasca Falls, where we listened to the roar of the water as it cascaded down to a pristine lake. Again, the water was beautiful and powerful and the scenery so beautiful.
Maligne Canyon was our next stop with more waterfalls, velvet moss growing on the rocks and pockets carved smooth into the rock face. On the same day, the Jasper Skytram took us up to 7,100+ ft. elevation where we could see the entire town of Jasper and all the mountain ranges making up this part of the Canadian Rockies. They just go on as far as the eye can see.
The last excursion was to Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in North America. More wildlife greeted us on our travels. We saw deer and black bears. The moose, wolves and caribou are still on our list to see, but no luck yet. The lake was beautiful but with rain threatening we didn’t get to see its full beauty. We’ll just have to come back.
Our next stop was going to be Prince George, BC but because of floods and a washed out bridge we will turn east tomorrow and head for Grande Cache and Grande Prairie, AB.