Oh Canada: The Icefield Parkway and Beyond

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Icefield Parkway, Jasper National Park 2017

Introduction:

          Along the border of British Columbia and Alberta lies the Canadian Rocky Mountain Heritage Parks. Stunning views of snowy peaks and glaciers, icy blue flowing rivers and streams and expansive landscapes of forests and lakes makes up Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. The magnificent terrain is an incredible display of conservation and protection of the Canadian wilderness and wildlife.

          When making the trip to this unique section of the world, the most memorable experience will be to drive from Lake Louise in Banff to the town of Jasper, otherwise known as The Icefield Parkway. Weaving over and around mountains, lakes and glaciers, the 144-mile long road is known to be “the most scenic drive on earth.”

          Even though this drive is the highlight of the series of parks, there is still much more that is worth exploring. This past September, my girlfriend Kellie and I embarked on an eight-week trip from Alaska to Tennessee, spending ten of those days in Canada. We spent five unforgettable days driving from Jasper down into Banff, detouring through Yoho and Kootenay. We discovered a plethora of rewarding hikes, unique towns and plenty of beauty that left us wanting more.

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Parker Ridge, Banff National Park 2017

          Whether the parks in Canada are your vacation destination or just a scenic detour in your long adventure, I highly recommend buying a park pass to gain entrance into all of the parks that Canada has to offer. Trust me, it’s worth it!

          And finally, check out my continued series on our adventures through Canada. I’ll guide you through what awaits along the Icefield Parkway and beyond.

Stay tuned next week, and we’ll start our journey through Jasper National Park. Comment below any questions you’d like answered or special places you’ve discovered on your own journey through the Canadian Rockies!

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