Saturday, May 28, 2011

Rocky 3 - Icefields Parkway and Columbia Icefield

If highway 93 isn't one of the most spectacular drives in the world my name's Wayne Gretzky!
Every bend, crest and parking spot was jaw-droppingly awesome - pristine lakes , rugged rivers, spectacular mountains, ancient glaciers and the wildlife, don't get me started!
Although a picture can say a 1000 words our pictures really do not do justice to this stunning environment.

Which one shall we climb first?
Tangle falls.
A "sweep" of mountains.

Athabasca Falls

Columbia Icefield:

I was trying to get a picture of the ancient Athabasca Glacier and these two Ice Maidens popped up.

As usual everything in Canada is BIG - this was the bus we used to go just two kilometres to the glacier!

Our first Black Bear.
I just asked were Yogi was and she walked off!

This is what happens when you give your daughter the camera!!
A rather more dignified view.
Our first grizzly.
He chose to ignore my question about Winnie the Pooh.
Our first "Bear Jam" - worse than the Yellow Head through Edmonton - but a much better view.

And after a hard day sight seeing what better way to end the day than with an attempted swim in the beautiful, but appendage-shrinkingly ice cold Patricia lake followed by a Canadian BBQ.

Mum and Dad by the "seaside".

And this is how you grill bear steaks

And can you believe it, we only did half of the parkway!!!!
Gee, are we ever glad we are going back in July to look at the rest

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