Jasper in Winter #11 – Highway #93 Icefields Parkway

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The Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) is a 268 km (167 mile) stretch of road running along the Continental Divide between Jasper and Vermilion Pass at the B.C. border. We have driven it numerous times in many different seasons and weather conditions. On a good day, it can be one of the most scenic Highways anywhere. On a bad day, it can be a painstakingly slow, white knuckle drive.

We travelled the portion between Jasper and Sunwapta falls on a clear sunny Christmas Day in 2009. Everyone was home opening presents and cooking/eating turkey and we mostly had the road to ourselves.

In April 2019, we took the drive between Jasper and Icefields Center with H & L from Winnipeg. Again, a stunning day with equally stunning scenery.

At the Columbia Icefields in April 2019. Given that the Icefields Tour Center was not yet open for the season, we had the place to ourselves. The skies which had been a mix of sun and cloud, cleared to give us a brilliant blue sky. We managed a bit of a walk from the parking lot and then went and parked in the Discovery Center parking lot to eat our picnic lunch. It was a great day to visit. The photos show how much snow remains at this high altitude in early April.

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

26 thoughts on “Jasper in Winter #11 – Highway #93 Icefields Parkway

  1. Wow, so many incredible photos, Allan. No wander Icefields Parkway is regarded as one of Canada’s most striking drives. It’s also amazing to see how many scenic spots and stops like the Upper Sunwapta Falls and Parker Ridge can sometimes be crammed in one driving route. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day. I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Aiva 🙂

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    1. Thanks Aiva. There are so many beautiful stops along this drive all the way down to Lake Louise. About the only one we have not done yet is Parker Ridge. After hiking Wilcox, there seems no need. Perhaps this May, depending on how deep the snow is. Hope your weekend went well. This is our long Family Day weekend, but when you are retires, every weekend is a long weekend. Today, we get to talk with family, so that will make it special. Thanks for reading and have a great week. Allan

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