Icefields Parkway – 3 National Parks!

We drove a long way today (259 miles) but it was a sightseeing day. We drove through 3 National Parks: Yoho, Banff and Jasper. From Golden, BC we took Hwy 1 to 93 in Alberta. We stopped at Lake Louise to get the requisite photo. It goes without saying that it is beautiful. It reminded us of a giant “Angel Lake”. If you’ve ever been to Angel Lake outside Wells, NV you’ll know what I’m talking about. This is the first day we’ve had any clouds – of course it was on a day where we would be as high as the clouds. I think the highest pass was about 6,700ft. We took a short, steep hike at Mistaya Canyon where the water has cut a deep gorge through the limestone. Lots of beautiful views of mountains, lakes, turquois rivers, glaciers, icefields (don’t know the difference), not much wildlife. I think the wildlife in the National Parks are on strike. We saw 3 big horn sheep – not the ones in the above photo though. Those were about a half mile from our campground before we got back to the highway. We are camped at Robson Meadows Campground on Hwy 16; back in BC tonight.

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