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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Day Fourteen - May 29, 2005 - NW Territories

Sunwapta PassAnother gorgeous day greeted us for Day Fourteen, our last full day out.

Sunwapta CanyonAnd we knew the scenery which awaited us was the most majestic yet as we were headed out on the Icefields Parkway through Jasper National Park, over the Sunwapta Pass by the Columbia Icefield, and through Banff National Park, where we turned west through Kootenay National Park.

Athabasca PassAs we started out, we saw seven elk in Jasper. All the rivers were very milky with glacier silt. There so many gorgeous views, too many to show in one blog. We found ourselves stopping every few kilometers to views which were more fantastic than the ones we just experienced. The road through Jasper National Park was much better designed than the portion through Banff as it had many more turn-outs. Many of the turn-outs in Banff NP were not signed and we often were not able to stop in time with the traffic behind us to enjoy the views.

Tangle Falls
Weeping WallWe passed two beautiful waterfalls: Tangle Falls, and further south, the Weeping Wall.

Mountain SheepWe also encountered a totally unperturbed mountain sheep looking at us from the roadside.

Bow Lake
Bow GlacierDuring earlier trips down the Icefields Parkway, we had experienced more winter-like weather as soon as we crossed the Bow Pass, and we were greeted by the same winter-early spring terrain this time. Bow Lake was partially frozen.

Crowfoot GlacierHenry Lake
Majestic Crowfoot Glacier was towering on the west before we arrived at the partially frozen Henry Lake.

McCleod MeadowsFinally, here we are relaxing at the McLeod Meadows campground in Kootenay National Park. In previous years when we have passed by, this campground was closed so we were delighted to find it open this time. It is nestled among the mountains by the Kootenay River. As the river was quite high and swift, we chose one of the inner loops, away from the dangers to the dogs.


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