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Banff, Yoho, Jasper National Parks, Alberta

Trans Canada 1 - The Icefield Parkway

The highway up the northern part of Banff National Park (Trans Canada 1), above Lake Louise starts out flat and then travels up the mountains (at one point, a hairpin curve at about a 45 degree angle). It's called the Icefield Parkway because it passes several glaciers, of which the Columbia Icefields are the biggest. The railroad that carries freight trains parallels this highway but cuts through the mountains via a spiral tunnel in Kicking Horse Pass. The big depot is in the town of Field. louise_2_Feild_falls_061.jpglouise_2_Feild_falls_062.jpglouise_2_Feild_falls_063.jpglouise_2_Feild_falls_068.jpg
Houses in Field.louise_2_Feild_falls_069.jpg
Natural Bridge on the Kicking Horse River. The river has broken through the stone here to form a waterfall. Eventually the water will wear away a bigger passageway. louise_2_Feild_falls_076.jpgD447D0032219AC6817242F80CBD5BDD7.jpglouise_2_Feild_falls_081.jpg The mountain peaks, woods, debris left by an avalanche.
louise_2_Feild_falls_142.jpglouise_2_Feild_falls_049.jpglouise_2_Feild_falls_047.jpglouise_2_Feild_falls_045.jpglouise_2_Feild_falls_082.jpglouise_2_Feild_falls_147.jpgTakakkaw Falls, the second highest falls in western Canada.
Lake Emerald (named for the color of its glacier water) It really is emerald green!louise_2_Feild_falls_100.jpgD45CC5402219AC68178BB17271ADFA2A.jpglouise_2_Feild_falls_086.jpglouise_2_Feild_falls_097.jpglouise_2_Feild_falls_098.jpglouise_2_Feild_falls_095.jpg
Jaspar, Alberta - another important train depot on the Athabasca River
60CC300C2219AC6817207F8E7AA301D1.jpgice_feilds_Jasper_170.jpgice_feilds_Jasper_240.jpgIt was outside Jasper that we saw an elk family, big-horn sheep and mountain goats.ice_feilds_Jasper_182.jpgice_feilds_Jasper_190.jpgice_feilds_Jasper_191.jpgice_feilds_Jasper_333.jpgice_feilds_Jasper_197.jpgice_feilds_Jasper_175.jpg
Columbia Ice Fields are on the boundary between Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. This is the largest accumulation of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle. The underlying areas have been there thousands of years! It has shrunk, though, to about a fourth of its original size. It's 325 square kilometers and is 300-360 feet deep. You can tour it in an Ice Explorer.ice_feilds_Jasper_137.jpgice_feilds_Jasper_318.jpgice_feilds_Jasper_130.jpgice_feilds_Jasper_132.jpg

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