An amazing stretch of road: Icefields Parkway
This 144mi scenic highway between Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta may be the most beautiful drive I’ve had to date. Over the course of 48 hours I made several stops to check out the views and hike around including the Athabasca Glacier, Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre, Mistaya Canyon, and Parker Ridge Trail/Saskatchewan Glacier before spending my last night at the Mosquito Creek campground. The entire experience being surrounded by mountain peaks, evergreens, glacier rivers and wildlife was so serene and awe-inspiring. During my drives I caught a brown bear off the side of the highway as well as some bighorn sheep. My final night in camp started with a brown bear running past my river-side campsite as it was being chased away by a ranger with a paintball gun. I could easily have spent days exploring this region, but I was excited to turn around and head toward Banff National Park as well.