We crossed into Canada on June 21 and spent five days exploring on the way to the Alaskan border. We stayed two nights in Banff exploring Banff National Park and the surrounding area.
The campgound in Banff was different from what we’ve seen before. Instead of having a small driveway type of spot for each campsite, you just kind of pull up on the road and stop next to your table and hookups. It was unusual, but worked for us.
We did get to see the Continental Divide!
Everywhere we looked it was like looking at a postcard here!
We had to celebrate our fist night in Canada with s’mores!
We crossed into British Columbia and started down the Columbia Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper National Parks. The views along the road were wonderful! We stopped at the Icefield Center toward the middle of the drive where you can hike up close to the Athabasca Glacier. It was our understanding you could hike up and touch it, but it was all roped off.
You can take a guided tour up on to the glacier, but we didn’t have time and to be honest, it’s a little pricey to just go stand out there. You can’t walk around on it because you might fall in a hidden crevasse. The view of the glacier was better from the visitor center.
We stayed at the Whistler Campground which was right down the road from the Jasper Gondola. The gondola takes you about 2300 meters up Whistler Mountain where you can then hike another mile or so to the summit.
The view was spectacular!!
We got half way up to the summit and this came over the top of the mountain.
..this happened and it wasn’t just rain. It was a winter mix of sleet and snow and wind! We kept going since we were sooo close…until the lightening started. The first zip of lightening had my hair standing up and had us all hot-footing it back down the mountain to the safety of the gondola center. By the time we got there we were soaked and frozen, but we had a great story and memories that we’ll never forget! We were bummed to get so close to the summit and not make it.
Once we dried off, we ran back out to find the Athabasca Falls. We got there about 9:30 pm and had the place to ourselves! It was wonderful!!
We got to drive the ALCAN Highway,
The roads weren’t too terribly bad. We’ve seen worse. We had to drive down this dirt road between Haines Junction and the border into Alaska.
We’re still adding stickers to our map! This is what it looks like right now.
Oh, Canada…we’ll definitely be back to visit!
See y’all on the road!