Banff National Park to Jasper National Park

We drove the Icefields Parkway (Alberta 93) from Banff to Jasper. Along the way, we saw latent, glistening snow and heard the leaves of aspens glitter in the wind nestled among evergreens. 

Mom threw some trash away (along with her clip on sunglasses) at our first stop at Hubbard Lake where the water was as smooth as glass. She has returned to wearing the old people sunglasses that go over your glasses. We saw the Columbia icefields and a herd of mountain goats that didn't care that a group of humans had gathered to observe them. 


We saw water that was a silvery gray blue that spilled into waterfalls. We saw way too many people bussed in by the hundreds. 


We arrived at Whistlers Campground in Jasper by early afternoon. Since, we'd reserved a site over a month ago, we checked in without delay. I set up our tent quickly and quietly. Mom set up the camp chairs. I sat there for the rest of the afternoon where I finished a book, Girl in the Woods by Aspen Matis. Before dusk, I tucked myself into the tent only to be roused by rustling and grunting shortly thereafter. A herd of elk was having its evening meal in our campsite. They were beautiful and majestic only feet from our tent. I didn't have time to change lenses so I just used my 10-24mm lens that was on my camera. 

Nestled back into my warm sleeping, I sleep wonderfully in the cool night air of the Canadian Rockies.

  • Day 21 stats: 180 miles, 0 (new) states, 2 NPS, 40 Subarus.
  • Running stats: 3,646 miles, 10 states, 23 NPS, 1,261 Subarus.