08+09 September: Icefields Parkway

We left Lake Louise and turned on to the Icefields Parkway (highway 93) towards Jasper. The Parkway, 230 km long, is the highest and most spectacular road in North America. It took us as close as possible to the Rocky Mountain’s summits and we hope to some snow, ice and wildlife.

We made several stops, Herbert Lake and the Bow Glacier, Bow Glacier Falls are just two of them.  We reached the Silverhorn Creek campground early. The Campground is beautifully located in a small valley at the Silverhorn Creek and fairly new, first season in use.

Next morning the Truckhuis didn’t want to start. The battery was dead. It is fortunate that it is possible to start by a sort of intern jump start with the battery for the “house” part of the Truckhuis.

We traveled on further down the Parkway, or in this case up, until we reached the Icefield Center, more or less in the middle of the Parkway. The Center is on walking distance of the Athabasca Glacier. We took the walk in a fierce cold wind. You can not really reach the foot of the Glacier. There is a barricade well away of the end of the Glacier. A big disappointment for the kids. They were not able to touch the snow, let alone make a snowman or throw snowballs. We suspect this is not done without reason. Brewster, a big travel company, offers tours onto the Glacier, by foot or by bus. For the guided foot tour our two youngest ones were too young and the bus tour was just to expensive, 273 dollars.
The Icefield center is for the biggest part one big money machine for the Brewster company. To us it is very odd, that in a national park a private firm makes the big bucks with one of the main attractions.

We decide not to stay at the parking lot of the Icefield Center for the night. We wanted to stay at the nearest campground. Unfortunately the campground was already closed for the season. The next one was full and the next was closed again. We ended up in Jasper for the night on one of the two big campgrounds there.