Canada Day

The Icefields Parkway is a 230km stretch of road between the towns of Jasper and Banff, Alberta. It is known for its spectacular views of mountains and glaciers. To celebrate Canada day we decided to do some hiking along this road, which I had never driven in its entirety. Little did we know that the weather on July 1st had less summery intentions than we did, and we couldn’t see more than 30m above the road due to fog and rain for most of the drive.

Setting off to hike the Parker Ridge.
Not your typical July 1st weather.
Magnificent views of the glacier they said…
A female bighorn sheep paid us a visit.

On the following weekend we continued our tradition of waking up early to get hiking before the crowds. On this occasion we headed to the Pocaterra Ridge. The trail is poorly marked at the start, but well worth the trip.

A nice meadow before the ridge ascent.
At the highest point on the ridge.
Once again we got snowed on – July 4th.

On July 5th we repeated a hike I did last year – the Forget Me Not ridge. It has a very steep beginning, but this is followed by beautiful walking along a wide ridge covered in blooming wildflowers (if you arrive at the right time of year of course).

Lunchtime with a view.
Some friendly marmots let us get close to take a picture.

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