From Vancouver I drove north to Whistler for a quick second to take in a music festival in Pemberton, B.C.. The festival was phenomenal, the Canadians really know how to host a party.
From Pemberton I drove East for the first time to Jasper National Park. I passed through some of the most gorgeous country, rolling mountains paired with glacier waters, and thick pine trees. This was one of my longer drives in the trip, totaling eight hours. I arrived into the edges of Jasper National Park around sunset and the lighting was stunning. The shadows stretching across jagged rock faces, paired with low-hanging rolling clouds and shaded with mystically changing colors, almost brought tears to my eyes.
These next few photographs are from the next evening in Jasper.
– The trusty steed…
These next couple shots are of Pyramid Lake, right beside Patricia Lake in Jasper. I got up early one morning and found this lake at the perfect time. These next few photos are my favorite ones from the whole trip. The reflection and color of the water epitomize the feeling of the Canadian Rockies. Apologizes for posting a lot of similar pictures, but really, who can get enough of this shot?
If you’ve got the funds there is a resort right by this lake with wonderful, colorful boats and canoes to take out and explore the teal water.
From Jasper I headed down the Icefields Parkway, the stunning road leading from Jasper to Banff National Park. This is perhaps the most stunning road in the world. The full parkway stretches 144 miles, but the route from Jasper to Banff is only 111 miles total. I had to look up this figure, and to be honest I never would’ve guessed that it was this long in total. The scenery makes you forget you’re even in a car.
Here you start to see why it is called the Icefields Parkway, with glacier after glacier. However, these glaciers are not what they once were, and possibly won’t exist in a short period of time.
There is a chain of hostels that runs along the parkway, mainly I think for the numerous amount of people who bike the road. The hostels, most run by HI (Hosteling International), have little internet access, or in some cases running water. I stayed at the one in Jasper, which did in fact have all the normal amenities. I also stayed at HI- Beauty Creek, which resides directly in the middle of the parkway, and the view from which is seen below. Beauty Creek has no showers or running water, but what it lacks in amenities it makes up for in serenity.
And just a few more of this view because why not…
That wraps up the first half of the parkway. More to come with the southern half next.
Can’t believe its the last day of 2015 and I have not even finished documenting the rest of my travels. Hope your 2015 was as amazing as mine and that you at least saw something incredible!