Day 7 of 14: Canadian Rockies: Ice Fields and Jasper

Today's Itinerary:  Columbian Ice Fields to Jasper

The Athabasca Glacier is easily seen from the Glacier View Inn and from the road.  The red vehicles are used to take tours on the ice fields.  Basically the Columbian Ice Fields comprise a huge area of snow and ice in the mountains that "flows" into eight glaciers, much like a wagon wheel with a huge hub and the spokes being glaciers.  The Athabasca Glacier is, I think, the largest.  In the last 100 years, however, it has lost half of its mass.

In the early 1900's the glacier (at my back) came nearly to the road
you see here in front of the hotel.

The ride to Jasper was beautiful.  The weather held up, more or less, with a spot of rain here or there.  We stopped by the Bow River frequently for picture opportunities and saw a number of waterfalls.  Arrival at our hotel was about 2 p.m.  This gave us time to grab an afternoon cup of coffee in downtown Jasper.  The elk shown further down were right next to the road in downtown Jasper, in the evening. 
Distant view of the Stutfield Glacier
Athabasca River

Sunwapta Falls

Jasper has an active lifestyle

Cow elk with calf. About 9 pm!

Taking a walk through town

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