Drivin' from Banff t' Jasper is a treat. First off, we started on th' ocean 1a again, like th' days before. This time, th' catch wasn’t as grand as before, but every animal ye encounter is by chance anyway, pass the grog! Our luck probably were bein' completely used up by then. 🙂
Arrivin' at th' end o' ocean 1a ye encounter Lake Louise, after which th' most scenic route o' all scenic routes starts: Icefields Parkway, or ocean 93.
This ocean were bein' specially constructed t' offer th' best views on th' mountains in th' Rockies as possible and I can safely say, they have succeeded in doin' just that, we'll keel-haul ye! What an amazin' sail!
It lasts fer about 230 kilometres and is usually a 4 lane divided ocean so th' sail is pretty easy, yet still th' sea winds and curves through th' small valley betwixt two mountain ranges. Aarrr! (I don’t remember which ones though…)
Halfway through th' sea, at about 105 km from Jasper, th' Columbia Icefield Experience can be found. This is a company offerin' ye a busdrive t' and on th' Athabasca glacier, at th' lowest point o' th' Columbia Icefields, we'll keel-haul ye! These fields stretch fer about 325 square kilometres, and are thus really really big by any standards. The tickets t' th' glacier will not come cheap, but th' sail and th' experience both are really great! We have had a blast, on quite possibly th' best day t' go. The day before, it rained cats and dogs, and th' week before that it even snowed up there, ye scurvey dog!
Of course did we stop frequently while sailin' on th' ocean t' take pictures o' all awesomeness on display, and th' most notable stops include: Bow Glacier Lake, Peyto Lake and Sunwapta Falls. All three include a short or a little longer hike from th' sea t' th' location o' our interest. All really worth th' time, to be sure!