Sunday, July 11, 2010

Item From the Past: Canadian Waters

In July 2006, after visiting Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks, in Banff National Park in Alberta, I bought a postcard that depicted the famed vista below (which is my own photo, not the postcard's image) and sent it to my old friend Ed, who's well acquainted with the Canadian Rockies. On the card I wrote only: "Oh My God!"

Next is an image of the Columbia Icefield, on the border of Banff NP and Jasper NP. This vantage looks like we might have taken ice axes in hand and adventured our way up the icefield to reach this point, but of course we didn't. There's a bus that goes on to the icefield, and specific places you can wander around it without much risk.

Some miles to the north in Jasper NP is Athabasca Falls. It isn't known for its height, which is about 80 feet. But it's got power. All of the Athabasca River rushes to the precipice and drops over. The river's in a hurry to reach the Arctic Ocean.

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At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the interesting thing about where they take you up onto the glacier on the icefield tour--which is really just standing in a parking lot carved into a glacier--is that the mountain right above is a tripartite continental divide--atlantic, pacific, arctic.


At 11:34 PM, Blogger Dees Stribling said...

I remember that the bus driver mentioned that.


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