The only incentive compelling us to leave Jasper was the promise of countless awe-inspiring landscapes known to be found along the Icefields Parkway through Banff National Park.
Though accompanied by gloomy weather, we drifted south and were excited to find that the rain didn’t dampen the beauty of the Icefield Parkway’s many roadside attractions. Even in our photographs, the lakes and mountains looked ethereal and other-worldly. Taking no sunshine for granted, we made the most of a partly-cloudy day and hiked from Lake Louise up to the Plain of Six Glaciers teahouse overlooking rocky moraines and calving glaciers. We arrived at legendary Moraine Lake at sunrise to find the fog rolling in over its towering peaks and azure water. We escaped a day of modest rainfall by winding our way through the river-hewn walls of Johnston Canyon and its infamous cave. And like most visitors to Banff and its surrounding areas, we spent too much money and enjoyed too many days of drink specials at Magpie & Stump.
Alberta’s stunning mountain ranges and glacial lakes have taken hold of us both. Though we could have easily lingered another few weeks, we’d already reached the halfway point of our trip and reluctantly returned stateside, but we will absolutely be back! And not a moment too soon.