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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.

Pebble Shore Lake along with being one of the most colourful and scenically mesmerising parts of the Glacier National Park is also the largest lake in the park

Happy birthday Glacier National Park! On May 11, 1910, Glacier in Montana became the country’s 10th national park, protecting a scenic landscape of rugged peaks, clear waters and glacial-carved valleys. Here’s to celebrating 106 years and many more of caring for this special place for future generations to explore and enjoy. Photo of the Highline Trail by Tim Rains, National Park Service.

The scenic Glacier National Park in Montana encompasses over 1 million acres and includes parts of two mountain ranges, over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants and hundreds of species of animals. (Wikimedia/Distress.bark)