Photographer's Note

Driving from Jasper to Banff National Park where it rained most of the time and some snow when I was there, the view along Icefields Parkway was incredibly beautiful the whole way. It was hard to pick a spot to stop for photographs, and I didn’t want to stop every few minutes, we do want to get to our destination, but since the weather finally clear up and I felt like I had to take as many photos as I can, since the weather can change in minutes.

The splendor of the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93) can hardly be overstated: a 230-kilometre road from Lake Louise to Jasper through the heart of the Rockies, it ranks as one of the world's ultimate drives. Its unending succession of huge peaks, immense glaciers, iridescent lakes, wild-flower meadows, wildlife and forests – capped by the stark grandeur of the Columbia Icefield – is absolutely overwhelming. Fur traders and natives who used the route as far back as 1800 reputedly christened it the "Wonder Trail", though in practice they tended to prefer the Pipestone River Valley to the east, a route that avoided the swamps and other hazards of the Bow Valley. Jim Brewster made the first recorded complete trek along the road's future route in 1904. The present highway was only completed in 1939 and opened in 1940 as part of a Depression-era public-works programme. Although about a million people a year make the journey to experience what the park blurb calls a "window on the wilderness", for the most part you can go your own way in relative serenity.

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  • Copyright: Way Lim (Waylim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2732 W: 154 N: 6183] (25436)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-08-00
  • Categories: Nature
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2009-01-07 0:48
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