Day: 8 Miles: 204 Total Miles: 1901
Start: Banff, AB Stop: Jasper, AB
Campground: Overflow CG
The drive from Banff to Jasper along the Ice Fields Parkway is one of the most beautiful drives you will ever encounter. Our morning started with the short drive from Banff to Lake Louise. Beautiful snow covered mountains all along the way. We made a short stop at Lake Louise for pictures and enjoyed the views of the ice covered lake with the snow capped mountains in the background. Just as we noted in our journal in 2011, as we drove along the Ice Fields Parkway we reminisced about our bicycle trip along this route in 1992. Since the snowfall was very heavy this winter, most of the road side parks and campgrounds are still closed. Our midday stop was at the Columbia Ice Fields Center where we had a great view of Athabasca glacier while we had our lunch snack. Arriving in Jasper we stopped at our preferred campground to find that campground and all of the others were full for the holiday weekend (100+ sites). Park personnel directed us to an “over flow CG”, about 10 miles east of Jasper. We have a flat gravel parking spot with great views of the mountains, but no water or electricity. One of our Great Alaskan traveling group came by to visit and we talked for over an hour. As the sun is setting behind the mountains, it is cooling off, and the mosquitoes are swarming. Time to stay inside. Another nice day on the road, with beautiful scenery. As we like to say, it is not just the destination, but the journey.