Leaving Lake Louise behind we entered the Icefields Parkway continuing north toward the Columbia Icefields and Jasper.
In this post, still on day eight, I'll focus on a few of the lakes we stopped at and some of the vistas along the parkway, and on day nine I'll feature the glaciers and a few waterfalls.
Considered to be one of the most scenic highways in the world the Icefields Parkway did not disappoint. It offers everything from glaciers, rushing waterfalls, emerald lakes, and snow-capped mountain peaks.
For 143 miles from Lake Louise to Jasper the parkway winds along the shoulder of the Great Divide and passes by the spectacular mountains of the Eastern Main Ranges of the Canadian Rockies.
Bow Lake is the largest lake on the Icefields Parkway and is the headwaters of the Bow River that flows through Banff.
One of the most dramatic observations of the Rocky Mountain lakes is the difference in color between them. Some are green, some blue, and many shades in between.
Num-Ti-Jah Lodge can be seen across the beautiful Bow Lake.
Peyto Lake and Mount Patterson
Peyto Lake (pea-toe) is so beautiful it's hard to believe it's real. It's like walking into a landscape painting, only in the painting there are not a hundred tourists all jostling for the perfect spot to get their photo.
From our vantage point the lake looked more like foam than a body of water. Truly incredible!
Peyto Lake has an interesting shape. It looks like the head of a sitting wolf.
Meltwater from the Peyto Glacier flowing into Peyto Lake.
Cirrus Mountain and a sweeping view from the Big Bend Overlook.
A waterfall cascades down the mountainside at Big Bend. I don't recall seeing a name for the falls so I'll call them the Big Bend Waterfall......I'm so imaginative.
Saskatchewan Crossing area where the three rivers of the Saskatchewan, Mistaya and Howse meet to form the North Saskatchewan River which eventually drains into Lake Winnipeg.
I was disappointed in the lack of wildlife sightings in Canada but we finally saw one huge elk beside the road.
We stayed at the Lobstick Lodge in the beautiful alpine town of Jasper.