I really feel like this put up is gonna be extra of a photograph diary than the rest due to how totally stunning this a part of Canada is.
Like I might attempt describing it to you but it surely’s simply a kind of locations/experiences that’s higher proven than described actually. (There are, in spite of everything, solely so some ways one can describe snow-capped mountains).
Anyway, after our day snowboarding in Banff, we woke as much as clear skies (it had really snowed in a single day) which meant that lastly, we might drive the Icefields Parkway.
The primary time we tried doing this, there was an avalanche which meant this totally stunning highway from Jasper Nationwide Park to Banff Nationwide Park was closed.
It was advantageous for us as we weren’t going to Banff on that journey however it will have been good to see. People who had been, nevertheless, discovered an additional four hours added to their journey.
The second time, we had been really resulting from make that drive from Jasper to Banff and there was one other deliberate avalanche (they set off the avalanches with dynamite to clear the mountains and forestall an actual one from taking place) so we discovered ourselves with that further four hours drive on our approach over to Rockies Heli for our helicopter experience over the Rockies (which made for an excellent early begin).
This time, nevertheless, no avalanches and so off we went to Lake Louise to satisfy with JP, our information for the day who runs Pursuit Adventures Information along with his spouse Danielle.
The brand new dusting of snow really ended up including much more to the fantastic thing about this already beautiful drive by means of Alberta and I child you not, the following few hours had been just about spent mouthing “WOW!” as we made our approach from one glacier-capped mountain to the opposite.
We began off on the magnificent Crowfoot Glacier…
…earlier than making our approach over to the now-frozen Bow Lake; the place Lloyd proceeded to (unintentionally) fill his boots up with snow.
We then primarily simply carried on driving and stopping every time we felt as we made our approach slowly over in the direction of Abraham Lake.
Now, Abraham Lake is one place in Canada the place you’ve most likely seen, even in the event you didn’t know what it was known as. It’s primarily the lake with these frozen bubbles.
We stopped off for lunch (introduced with us by JP) as we soaked up that beautiful view of the lake.
The frozen bubbles in Abraham Lake are attributable to methane freezing up as natural matter underneath the lake decompose and launch methane which slowly freezes because it rises up in winter.
The way in which the ice freezes makes the ice tremendous clear (as a substitute of being cloudy, like ice you would possibly discover in your fridge). The truth that it’s pretty windy right here additionally means the dusting of snow on the lake at all times clears up so you find yourself with the ability to spot the bubbles as you stroll over the lake.
It’s completely stunning and so well worth the journey.
There are some things price realizing although. There’s undoubtedly a greater time to go to – primarily the center of winter is sensible for seeing the bubbles at their best – arrive too early (late autumn) or too late (early spring) and also you received’t really be capable to even stroll on the lake.
Strolling on the lake requires crampons. Don’t even attempt with out – you received’t get very far and can most likely harm your self from continuously falling over.
Having a information actually helps. There are clear hotspots right here which are greatest for seeing the bubbles and having a information native to the realm is likely one of the greatest methods to take action. Plus they know the bits of the lake to not head out on.
It makes an enormous distinction; having a information like JP as this was really not our first expertise of being in Abraham Lake.
The primary time round, we noticed the bubble but it surely was considerably underwhelming because it was coated in snow (which meant we tried clearing it our ourselves and was simply tedious, to be sincere) and that first time, the bubble seemed nowhere as clear and delightful as this time with JP as our information.
The stark distinction between that have and this superb expertise we had with JP simply made all of it that bit clearly why having an professional like him is so price your whereas.
(*I do know I preserve occurring about this however belief me, it makes an enormous distinction to your expertise right here!)
Finally, we left Abraham Lake, stopping to take a look at the wild Bighorn sheep that roam the realm.
By the best way, in the event you see these if you’re right here, don’t method them – until after all you fancy getting head-butted by wild rams. 😄
With that, we determined to name it a day and head again to Banff…
…the place we might be staying someplace fairly particular for our last night of this journey by means of Alberta! 😀