Connecting the two towns of Lake Louise and Jasper is the extremely scenic Icefield Parkway. To travel it is to experience a world where snow and ice dominates the land. Stretching 230 km between the two towns, the parkway offers easy access to one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes.
The largest of the chain of icefield stretching more than 25 km across the Continental Divide, Columbia Icefield straddles the boundaries of Alberta and British Columbia, as well as Banff and Jasper National Parks.
The massive Brewster Ice Explorer is a modern marvel specially designed to clamber up the glacier, which took us out to the slopes of the Columbia Icefield, the Athabasca Glaciers for an up-close glimpse of icy crevasses and ice-fed streams.
A driver-guide led the 90- minute journey sharing information about glaciers and icefields. We get to step out midway onto the glacier and stand on ice of yore.
Columbia Icefield is a surviving remains of the thick ice mass that once covered most of Western Canada’s mountains lying on an elevated plain. It is North Amercia’s largest sub-polar ice park.