Columbia Icefields




This was a very full day, perhaps because we were making up for lost time. We had a couple of days of bad weather around Banff and Jasper that precluded much sightseeing.

We took a long drive to Jasper National Park, where the Columbia icefields are. The road was pure wilderness -- in a valley along a river with steep mountains on both sides. One lane in each direction and no signs of civilization. We probably passed more moose than gas stations.

The ride on Athabasca Glacier was exciting and memorable. The "snowmobile" was not what we would call a snowmobile today. It was a large SnoCat outfitted as a small tour bus (maybe 10-12 seats) rather than the usual work layout you see at ski resorts.