We had an early breakfast, packed the car, had an argument with the NZ receptionist over the bill then eventually headed off to what was equal to if not better scenery than we have seen or the whole trip. There were so many highlights. They include the Athabasca Glacier, Bow Lake, Lake Louise, and more.
At the Athabasca Glacier I walked from the car park around 400 metres up a sometimes steep and rocky path to a vantage point around 150 metres from the glacier. I walked quickly as the others would be waiting for me. I was somewhat out of breath by the time I reached the top and put it down to a lack of fitness. I took a few photos and a short video. The wind coming off the glacier was freezing and I only had a thin short sleeve shirt and a light windcheater and jeans to keep the cold out. Others who were better prepared than me, were walking up to and onto the glacier. Upon returning to the car park, I then noticed a sign advising you to take it easy on the climb. We were 6,500 feet above sea level and the air was thin. Too late.
We stopped for lunch at Lake Louise where we ate at the Fairmont Hotel on the terrace of the Saloon Bar overlooking the lake and the glacier feeding it. Lake Louise is a truly special place. Picture postcard stuff. We happened on Bow lake by chance. It is right beside the Icefields Parkway. We pulled off to the side of the road and got out to take photos of the mirror surface of the blue lake reflecting the mountains and glaciers across the lake from us. Amazing.
There were many other roadside stops for photo opportunities along the way. After leaving Lake Louise we headed straight to Canmore, our stop for the next 3 nights. This is where we had to rebook our accommodation when we were in Anchorage when Booking.com advised us our booking had been cancelled. It took many discussions and phone calls and around an hour and a half later we secured a deal where it would not cost us any more than our original booking for our accommodation.
We have a one bedroom suite with full kitchen and separate living room and a laundry. It is spacious and comfortable. We went out for a light dinner and then did some grocery shopping and I bought 2 bottles of Tahbilk wine at the Safeway liquor store. I’m smiling. More tomorrow.
Footnote: I neglected to mention that it was yet another warm and mostly sunny day and reached 25 degrees. The other thing I meant to add is that we are running into Australians everywhere we go. We have met 3 in Canmore already and have been here less than a day. We had two working at our hotel in Jasper and there have been many more.