Cruising the Icefields Parkway


What’s the perfect compromise between wanting to rest and also wanting to explore while you’re in Banff?  Taking a trip along the famous Icefields Parkway, of course!

A drive along the Icefields Parkway was something that I really wanted to do while we were in Banff, but didn’t think we would have the time for.  This was one thing that I was very, very happy to be wrong about!  It’s a sceninc drive overlooking beautiful turquoise lakes, forested valleys, and frosty mountain peaks.

The first stop Luke and I were really amazed by was the Crowfoot Glacier.  Neither one of us had ever seen a glacier in real life before, so we decided to spend some time hanging out and admiring it.

Patronus “Pyr pressuring” me for pets as we look upon the glacier.
Crowfoot Glacier

Our next stop was Bow Lake.  It was very easy to get a good view of the lake and its surrounding mountains without walking far from our car, which was a good thing, because as soon as we reached this point of the drive, the temperature randomly dropped 20 degrees and it began to rain.

Fortunately the rain didn’t last for long!

Our next stop was at the trailhead for Peyto Lake and the Bow Summit, which was only a short distance away.  Peyto Lake had been on the list of suggestions given to me by an internetstrangerfriend from an online hiking group I belong to, and I had completely forgotten about it until we saw the sign for it.  The trail to the viewing area was paved and relatively short (only about a mile, but on a relatively steep incline), making its way through a lush forest lined with all kinds of interesting wildflowers.

The point of interest was most definitely worth the hike up there!

Peyto Lake

While the three of us stood looking over the enormous landscape, we turned around and discovered that Patronus’ Golden Retriever friend from Johnston Canyon had also joined us upon the viewing platform!  Needless to say, Patronus was quite pleased.  The two of them enjoyed a few moments of playtime and some pets from random onlookers.

As much as we really enjoyed this stop, eventually, it was time to head back to our car and continue our drive along the Icefields Parkway.

We made a few more stops along the way, exploring the flora, fauna, lakes, and valleys along the way.

Eventually, the daylight began to fade so we decided to head back to our hotel and call it a day.


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