Day 5: Icefield Parkway

This is day five, 30 September.

We took Highway 93, the Icefield Parkway, to the Athabasca Glacier Forefield. It is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage, which includes 4 national and 2 provincial parks.  We took many scenic turnouts again.

This was the worst weather of the trip.  It rained while we were at the glacier. It also snowed, briefly, but melted as soon as it hit the ground. Due to both the weather and the massive crowds, we decided not to take either of the tours to the glacier.

This shows how little of the glacier we could see at times.

This shows how little of the glacier we could see at times.

We counted 32 huge buses, at least as many small ones and lots of private vehicles.  That meant there were at least 1500-2000 people there at the same time were were!

Wild life bridge over the freeway.  We saw several of them.  WA is building one or two.

Despite this and all the warning signs for bears, wolves, etc, we saw almost no wildlife.  We say many begging ravens, a few other birds, one chipmunk, and one squirrel.

“You lookin’ at me?”

We took an obligatory selfie at the glacier

No sketches, only photos today:

About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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One Response to Day 5: Icefield Parkway

  1. Even despite the weather that’s an impressive bit of glacier!

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