|More on Spectacular Canadian Rockies
Toured in the Summer of 2019
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Beautiful Waterfowl Lake, majestic Howse Peak on the left and Mount Chephren (10716') on the right along
Icefield Parkway 93. Another view can be seen here.
On Sunday June 30, 2019, after finishing touring Peyto Lake, we continued driving north on the beautiful
Icefield Parkway 93 to admire more jaw-dropping scenery. It will astonish you with continuous spectacular
snow capped mountains, over one hundred glaciers, exotic blue lakes, powerful waterfalls, pristine blue rivers,
endless pine forests and stunning canyons.
Part 1 of our tour of Canadian Rockies in the summer of 2019 is on my web page at:
Spectacular view of snow capped mountain peaks along Icefield Parkway 93.
Athabasca Glacier ( elevation of 6676 feet) and the parking lot at the Toe of the Athabasca Glacier Trailhead
next to Sunwapta Lake as viewed from Columbia Icefield Discovery Center ( elevation of 6,600 feet) which is
just off Icefield Parkway 93.
To get a perspective of the size of the Athabasca Glacier, look at the bottom of the photo for the parked
vehicles and buses.
Zoom in on the ancient Athabasca Glacier which is one of the six principal 'toes' (i.e., outlet glaciers) of the
Columbia Icefield which is lying on a wide, elevated plateau and is the largest Icefield in the Canadian Rockies
as shown on a picture here. The elevation of Columbia Icefield is 9,843 feet. Since more snow falls in a year
than can melt during the short summer season, it accumulates. As time passes, the snow transforms into ice
and begins to "flow" outward slowly through gaps in the mountains surrounding the Icefield, creating great
tongues (or toes) of ice called glaciers.
The Athabasca Glacier is the most-visited glacier on the North American continent. Situated across from the
Icefield Discovery Centre, its ice is in continuous motion, creeping forward at the rate of several centimeters
per day. Spilling from the Columbia Icefield over three giant bedrock steps, the glacier flows down the valley
like a frozen, slow-moving river. The massive Athabasca Glacier is six kilometer long, one kilometer wide
tongue and 100 – 365 m (333 – 1,200 feet) thick. The ice is as thick as the Eiffel Tower is high. It flows to
within walking distance of the Icefields Parkway. A lot of the Icefields is inaccessible, but the Athabasca
Glacier can be admired right from the Icefield Parkway.
Zoom in even more for closer view on people hiking on the Toe of Athabasca Glacier to go from the parking lot
up to the front edge of Athabasca Glacier.
Zoom in on people at the front edge of Athabasca Glacier, the ancient sheets of ice.
Zoom in on the giant 6-Wheel-Drive all terrain vehicle, Ice Explorer, crunching over the white wonderland of the
glacier's surface. Ice Explorer takes tourists right out on to the glacier itself, where tourists can walk on the
ancient ice and fill up their water bottles with icy cold melt water.
Zoom in on tourists getting off the Ice Explorer, to explore Athabasca Glacier. More and better video and
pictures on Athabasca Glacier Tour can be seen here and here.
Zoom in more on Dome Glacier and massive ice falls tumbling down the cliff.
The Athabasca Peak at peak elevation of 3,491 meters (11,447 feet) just east of Athabasca Glacier.
Towering above the Columbia Icefields Discovery Center, the massive Mount Athabasca is a Canadian
Rockies icon. The peak’s soaring rock walls bear numerous distinct hanging glaciers. 11 of the 22 highest
peaks in the Canadian Rockies are found in this area!
Fantastic photos and stories of two young men who climbed up to Athabasca Peak can be seen here.
Admire the surrounding snowcapped panorama.
Snow Dome on the Continental Divide and Dome Glacier flowing from Columbia Icefield and the ice fall
tumbling down the cliff as viewed from Columbia Icefield Discovery Center. Snow Dome (3,456 m, 11,339
feet) is North America’s only triple continental divide. Snow and ice from its summit can melt into any one of the
3 oceans surrounding our continent (Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic). Its permanently snow and ice-capped massif
resembles a dome. This picture is taken by Yuan Yuan Yeh.
The Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre on Icefield Parkway 93 is a destination in itself. The newly-
renovated facility features the world-famous Glacier Adventure, Glacier View Inn, restaurants, shopping and
the Glacier Gallery interpretive exhibit. This is also the place for tourists to buy tickets for Ice Explorer
Athabasca Glacier Tour and for Columbia Icefield Skywalk Tour. The Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery
Centre also offers ample parking and is the departure point for free shuttles that take visitors to and from the
new Glacier Skywalk. More information on Columbia Icefield Discovery Center can be seen here and here.
Map: Click here for interactive Google Map showing location of Columbia Icefield Discovery Center
A Clark's Nutcracker seen on the sign on the parking lot of Columbia Icefield Discovery Center. The sign is
pointing to Kitchener's Peak with peak elevation of 3505 m and on the west side of Athabasca Glacier.
Part of the large parking lot at Columbia Icefield Discovery Center. Another view of the parking lot of Columbia
Icefield Discovery Center can be seen here.
Pointer to the Snow Dome from the Parking Lot of Columbia Icefield Discovery Center.
Zoom in on thick layer of snow and ice on Snow Dome on the Continental Divide. It can be quite windy up there.
Snow Dome is the "hydrographic apex" of North America. Which means the snow that melts off of its summit
drains into three oceans. To the Pacific via the Columbia river, to the Artic via The Athabasca river, and to the
Atlantic by the North Saskatchwen river. Photos of hikers/skiers on top of Snow Dome can be seen here.
May be Hilda Peak and Hilda Glacier just northeast of Mt. Athabasca.
Zoom in on Hilda Glacier.
The breath-taking attraction of Columbia Icefield Skywalk on Icefield Parkway 93 about 6 Km northwest of
Columbia Icefield Discovery Center as viewed through fence from Icefield Parkway. It is a 1-km walkway
leads visitors to a glass-floor observation platform overlooking a glacial valley 918 feet below. The glass-
bottomed walkway curves in a huge arc away from the side of the high cliff over looking a glacial valley. The
views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers are spectacular as shown in video here, here and here.
賈斯珀公園內最新景點 - 玻璃觀景台，冰川天空步道，遠可觀青山雪峰，莫不叫人心搖神
Visitors step out on a cliff-edge walkway where giant glaciers perch above you and the spectacular Sunwapta
Valley spreads out below. The Columbia Icefield Skywalk experience features waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and
more on an exciting 1-kilometre walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a
918-foot (280 m) drop as shown here.
In northern part of Icefield Parkway 93 getting close to Jasper, we saw many female elks grazing on the
More mountains and glaciers seen along Icefield Parkway 93.
Iconic wilderness of the Canadian Rockies: a pristine blue river, endless pine forests, super-blue lakes and
snow capped tall mountains along Icefield Parkway 93.
Craggy Mountains and glaciers surrounding the Columbia Icefield Skywalk.
Tangle Creek Falls is a stunning multi-tiered picturesque waterfalls right along the Icefields Parkway, located in
Jasper National Park. A beautiful curtain of water, right on the highway.
Stutfield Glacier seen along Icefield Parkway 93. It stretches down 914 meters of the face of the cliff. Due to
the cragginess of the rock and the way the ice is precariously positioned on it, Stutfield Glacier is arguably
the most picturesque of the glaciers of which to view in the Rocky Mountains of Canada.
One of several Magpies on Bow Ave near Bow River in the town of Banff.
Several sparrows were also flying up and down enjoying eating many dead bugs smashed on the front fender
of a car parked here near Bow River. The license plate indicates that his car came from Colorado, USA. It
collected many dead bugs smashed on its front fender in such long drive from Colorado. I took a movie clip of
these sparrows in action as shown in the following YouTube movie:
It seems that these dead bugs provide good nutritious protein for these sparrows.
A typical regular bridge for a highway crossing the Trans-Canada Highway 1. It was raining lightly such that
the windshield has some rain drops.
One of several beautiful and artistic "Wildlife Bridges" provided for wildlife to cross the Trans-Canada Highway
1 safely in Banff National Park. Notice that both sides of Trans-Canada Highway 1 have a fence to prevent
wildlife from entering into the high speed Trans-Canada Highway 1 causing wildlife-vehicle collisions.
Another one of special wildlife bridge across Trans-Canada Highway 1.
In 2012, eleven species of large mammals have been recorded using wildlife crossings more than 150,000
times since 1996. This includes grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars, moose, elk, deer,
bighorn sheep, wolverine and lynx.
Delegations from many countries (i.e., USA, Mongolia, Argentina, China, etc.) have come here to learn how
to implement similar wildlife crossing/bridge in their own country.
Serene Bow River in Banff with the aquamarine-colored water.
弓河在班夫鎮上的東南端形成一個瀑布，這就是有名的弓河瀑布， 這是當年 瑪麗蓮-夢
露主演的成名作電影 < 大江東去> 之拍攝地。
Bow Falls in Banff.
RIVER OF NO RETURN (1954, 大江東去), The Top Box-Office Hits of 1954, starring Marilyn Monroe (瑪麗蓮
·夢露) and Robert Mitchum, was filmed on the Bow Falls and in Banff National Park (through which it runs)
during the summer of 1953. The mountainous scenery is spectacular, but so, in her own way, is Miss Monroe.
Monroe, at the peak of her career, is more than easy on the eye. See sample movie, photos and information
here and here.
One of the best walks in Banff is the classic walk along a tranquil section of the Bow River, offering beautiful
views of the forest and scenic Bow River. Many elks also often show up here as seen on my previous trip 12
years ago. The elk used to calve within the townsite of Banff as a means to hide their babies from predators,
such as bears, cougars and wolves.
Stairway along hiking trail on south side of Bow Falls.
Hiking Trail on south side of Bow Falls. This hiking trail gives great views of Bow Falls.
Bow Falls as viewed from the hiking trail on the south side. Witness nature and the power of rapid water. It
坐落在一片森林峽谷中邊沿上世界有名的 Fairmont Banff Springs 旅館，是一棟中古世紀貴族
風格也一如 歐洲 的宮殿。
The surprise at the corner on Tunnel Mountain Road in the town of Banff is the sudden appearance and
incredible view of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The beautiful building known as the “Castle Of The
Rockies” sits in the backdrop of Sulphur Mountain while in the foreground the majestic Bow River cascades
down into the Bow Falls. This famous and iconic view of the hotel is promoted all over the world. There are
historic pictures, paintings and postcards that date back to the late 1800’s.
The Banff Upper Hot Springs (溫泉) is a commercially developed hot spring located about couple miles south
of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The hot spring water, at temperature of 100 °F, came from the nearby
Sulphur Mountain and Mount Rundle.
In 1953 Marilyn Monroe stayed at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel during the filming of the movie ‘River of No
Return’ in Banff National Park as indicated here, here and here.
Zoom in on Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel as viewed from hiking trail on south side of Bow Falls. An excellent
description of this luxury hotel, also known as Castle in the Rockies, can be seen in the following YouTube
The postcard viewpoint of Surprise Corner on north side of Bow Falls in Banff. This is the spot where most of
the famous pictures have been taken of the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel! As you drive the Tunnel
Mountain road from town of Banff, you get to Surprise Corner where it opens up suddenly and you can see
the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel on your right. You may have seen this view somewhere already, typically in a
book or on a postcard.
Surprise Corner and a hiking trail on the top of the cliff wall on north side of Bow Falls. This picture is taken by
Yuan Yuan Yeh.
Many tourists on Banff Ave in the picturesque town of Banff with Cascade Mountain in the background. We
had lunch in Bamboo Garden, a Chinese restaurant here.
Another street view with many tourists in the town of Banff.
Another street view in Banff. There are more hotels in this part of Banff.
After completing our tour of Canadian Rockies, we left Banff on the afternoon of July 3, 2019 and was driving
east on Trans-Canada Highway 1 towards Calgary, in Alberta. It was a wide open plain with occasional cattle
here and there grazing on the green grass field.
Zoom in on the tall structure of a ski jump and the Olympic Park on a hill when we were driving on a highway
near Calgary. Canada Olympic Park was one of the venues for the 1988 Winter Olympics, being the primary
venue for ski jumping, bobsleigh, and luge. The park is located in western Calgary, south of the Trans-Canada
Highway. It is currently used both for high performance athletic training and for recreational purposes by the
We were surprised to find a very large and good Asian Supermarket in Calgary and not too far from Calgary
International Airport. It is T & T Supermarket located at: 999 36 St NE #800, Calgary, AB T2A 7X6, Canada.
In addition to the typical Asian grocery, it also has a good buffet of several kinds of cooked Asian foods
including Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, etc. We enjoyed very delicious lunch in this nice supermarket.
We flew from Calgary International Airport back to San Francisco Airport on July 4, 2019. Calgary Inter
national Airport is excellent in that the US Custom Procedure is done in Calgary International Airport so that
we did not have to go through the very crowded US Custom Procedure in San Francisco International Airport.
Our airplane arrived in the domestic terminal in San Francisco Airport and we got off the airplane, picked up
our luggage and went home. The Calgary International Airport is very modern and clean without big crowd
such that the US Custom procedure is very easy to go through. Furthermore, Calgary International Airport is
very compact in one building. We did not have to get on shuttle bus to go to rental car terminal. We just roll
our luggage and walk between airlines gate and rental car counter. It is a long walk and is a good walking
exercise inside a very modern, nice and clean building.
The Travelogue of our tour of beautiful Canadian Rockies 12 years ago in August 2007 starts at the following
The following YouTube video of the tour of Jasper National Park by a small Chinese tour group led by an
excellent Chinese tour guide （旅遊節目主持人）, Marco Liao (廖科溢), from Taiwan is also worthwhile to
Mountains and glaciers near Columbia Icefield Skywalk.
Mountains and glaciers near Columbia Icefield Skywalk.
Mt Rundle and Vermillion Lakes near the town of Banff. The Vermilion Lakes are a series of three lakes in
Banff. They are located in the Bow River Valley between the Trans-Canada Highway and the Canadian Pacific
Railway tracks. Another view can be seen here.
Castle Mountain viewed from Bow Valley Parkway (i.e., Highway 1A).
Castle Mountain viewed from Bow Valley Parkway.
Transparent-floor observation deck that juts out over Sunwapta Canyon from alongside the Icefields Parkway.
Glacial peaks and endless pine forest along Icefield Parkway.
The spectacular cascade white water rapids - River of No Return.
Standing here with this view, visitors can visualize Marilyn Monroe (瑪麗蓮·夢露) and Robert Mitchum on a
wood raft tumbling down the powerful white water rapids - River of No Return.
Reining over the skyline above the Town of Jasper, Pyramid Mountain as viewed from Fairmont Jasper Park
Lodge in Jasper. We stayed in Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper for one night on June 30, 2019. Next
morning, we drove south to tour the spectacular Icefield Parkway one more time in opposite direction to go to
the town of Banff.
The massive peak of Mount Edith Cavell and amazing hanging Angel Glacier on the side of mountain in Jasper
National Park. Many fantastic photos from people who hiked up to the Angel Glacier can be seen here. Some
consider it as the best attraction in Jasper. Another view of Mount Edith Cavell can be seen here.
Angel Glaciers forms in a large bowl, or cirque, largely hidden from view. Very slowly, it flows out of the cirque
towards you. Some ice breaks over the vertical cliffs, forming the angel's 40-metre-thick wings; the remainder
plunges down a steep gully, forming the body.
British nurse Edith Cavell was executed on October 12, 1915 for helping Allied soldiers escape occupied
Belgium. Mount Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park, Alberta, was named for her in 1916. At 3368 metres
high, Mount Edith Cavell is one of the dominant peaks at the north end of the Icefields Parkway. A spectacular
view on one of the world’s most beautiful drives.
Another view of Waterfowl Lake and mountains can be seen here.
Wild animals that may be seen along Icefield Parkway or other highways in Canadian Rockiesinclude black
bears, grizzly bears, mountain goats, mule deer, white tailed deer, caribou, mountain lions, big-horned sheep,
elks, moose, wolf, squirrel, chipmunk, bald eagle and hundreds of other different birds. The best time to see
them is at dawn and dusk.