We left in the morning and headed to the Icefields Parkway. With the change in elevation, we suddenly went from spring weather to winter. We stopped and did an "easy" 4 mile hike. It is easy in the spring and summer, but with 5 feet of snow on the ground, and us not really having boots, it was a tough tough hike. Falling, slipping, rolling into trees were all part of it. But the views at the end of the hike were spectacular and worth all the trouble.
After the hike we headed back up the Parkway towards the Columbia Icefields. The Columbia Icefields is a place that there are alot of Glaciers that have been there for thousands of years. It was incredible and we decided to get up close to one and climb on top of it.
After coming down from the Glacier and a quick visit to the gift shop, we headed out to the Skywalk. The Skywalk just opened a week before and it is a glass walk over a 1000 foot gorge. Amazing views and spectacular scenery.
After the Glacier and the Skywalk, we headed back out to the Icefields Parkway and continued heading north to Jasper. With less elevation on our trip, we started heading back into spring like weather and went on another hike.
After this short 2 to 3 mile hike, we were getting closer to Jasper when we spotted a black bear beside the road
After the bear, we finally made it to Jasper. After seeing Banff, hiking beautiful trails, white water rafting, walking on a glacier, seeing incredible wildlife and trudging through the snow, we were overwhelmed. What we didn't realize that a lot of the highlights of the trip were about to come yet, and we discovered Jasper to be one of the all time favorite places we have ever been to. Click here to continue our trip.