Jasper National Park of Canada

The drive from Banff to Jasper along the Icefields Parkway was a delightful journey in beautiful mountain scenery.  It was gray and sprinkling rain much of the day.  Several of these, Judith took through the windshield as we drove!  — You can click on any of the pictures to open in a new tab, larger size.

We stayed at the David Thompson Resort in Cline River, AB.  (Really they are synonymous – the campground is the entire town of Cline River!)  As some may remember, we spent a summer at Grand Portage National Monument, immersed in the story of the fur trade.  David Thompson was a fur trader, explorer, and map maker — his maps of western Canada were the standard until well into the 1900’s.  The nearest real town to our campground was Rocky Mountain House, AB, which had started as a fur trading post for the NorthWest Co. and was only 85 miles away!  So we drove over to pick up a few supplies, and to visit the park dedicated to the fur trading site.  The site did not begin to compare to Grand Portage, but was interesting — but the drive was more interesting with a huge glacial reservoir on the Saskatchewan River and a small herd of mountain goats along the road.

Mural at entrance to Visitor’s Center
Remnants of the main building of the final trading post
Glacial lake on the Saskatchewan River
Mountain goats along the roadway

The next day was again mixed rain and sun, but we made the drive to the Jasper Icefields and the Athabasca Glacier.

The drive was beautiful:

And the Glacier was amazing!

Athabasca Glacier – Icefields Visitor Center
Athabasca Glacier
Athabasca Glacier

Athabasca Glacier

In 1942 the Athabasca Glacier extended to this point. That’s how much the glacier has melted!
In the 1800’s the glacier filled this entire area!

The drive home was beautiful as well: 

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