Thundering Athabasca Falls

The most impressive waterfalls in the Canadian Rockies, Athabasca River thunders over a layer of hard quartzite and through a narrow limestone gorge.

Athabasca Falls is known more for its force than its height.

This photo is two wide-angle lens photos merged together side by side.

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Thundering Athabasca Falls

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Sunwapta Falls

Sunwapta Falls tumbling through a steep-walled limestone gorge along the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada.

The man gives it perspective, but if you’d like a print without him, contact me!

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Sunwapta Falls

Tangle Falls

Tangle Falls cascades down the mountain full with spring snowmelt along the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

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Water Cascades
“Water Cascades” – Tangle Falls cascades down the mountain full with spring snowmelt along the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Tangle Falls
“Tangle Falls” – Tangle Falls gushing with spring snowmelt along the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

Mounts Snowdome and Kitchener

Amazing to see the ridges of massive snow and ice at the top of Mount Snowdome and Mount Kitchener along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

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Mount Snowdome and Kitchener

View from Nigel Pass

A photo taken from Nigel Pass captures the amazing mountains and valleys along the Icefields Parkways in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

View from Nigel Pass

Weeping Wall

The Weeping Wall is a specific cliff wall where many waterfalls come down at once under the right conditions.

As you can see from my photo, we weren’t there at right conditions, but you can see a few strands of waterfalls.

We were there in June and the waterfalls weep based on snow melt, snow pack and how warm the weather is.

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Weeping Wall

Mistaya River (3 photos)

The amazingly blue Mistaya River.

Yes, that’s me on the middle of the bridge crossing the river.

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Fishing for a photo on Mistaya Lake.
Rushing River
“Rushing River” – The melting snow from Aries and Howse mountains rushes down Mistaya River along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Mistaya River Blues
“Mistaya River Blues” – The stunning blue colors of the Mistaya River along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

Winter Boots

We stopped at Waterfowl Lakes campground (which was closed), so we figured we might be able to see some animals.

We saw a Ptarmigan (who flew away before we could get a photo) and this Horseshoe Hare that strategically placed itself right behind a very stubby shrub – cause if it does that we surely won’t see it! (haha.)

This Horseshoe hare is almost finished changing its white winter fur coat to its reddish-brown summer coat. She’s still wearing her winter boots!

In Transition

Peyto Blue

One of the most stunning overlooks was at Peyto Lake. If you ever go to the Icefields Parkway, this is a must see view.

The color of Peyto Lake is so blue because it’s the junction of a stream, the lake and the delta.

Water leaving the glacier is muddy with rocks, gravel and silt. As the stream slows down, most of the rubble is left behind to become a delta. Silt flows into the icy water where most of it sinks to the bottom. Fine particles of rock ground to the texture of baking flour remain suspended in the water. This “rock flour” scatters the blue-green rays of light, giving the lake its special color.

I love how Peyto Lake looks like the head of a dog.

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Peyto Blue
“Peyto Blue” – A stunning panorama of the blue color of Peyto Lake in the Bow Summit along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

 

Crowfoot Mountain and Bow Lake

As we were driving down the Icefields Parkway, we came around the bend in the road and couldn’t believe our eyes.

Crowfoot Mountain reflections in Bow Lake were absolutely stunning!

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Crowfoot Mountain“Crowfoot Mountain Panorama” – Crowfoot Mountain reflects in Bow Lake with Portal Peak just visible between the two mountain ranges along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Bow Lake Reflection“Bow Lake Reflection” – Crowfoot Mountain reflection is like a mirror in Bow Lake on this calm, spring day along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.