After a particularly harsh winter it was finally time to dig out the tent, pack the car and set off on our first summer Canada road trip of the year. Our plan was to travel out of Calgary heading up north through the mountains to the town of Jasper. The route there is spectacular, and we wouldn’t have time to explore all the amazing sights along the way, but we still had enough time for an amazing Canada road trip.
After an hour and a half of driving we decided that for our first stop we would stretch our legs at Two Jack Lake. The lake is located just outside of the town of Banff and is accessed from the Lake Minnewanka Loop Road. The last time I had been to the lake this year it had been fully frozen over. It was great to see that the ice had melted away and the mountain’s reflections were clearly reflecting on the water.
Our next stop was at the awe-inspiring Moraine Lake. This is one of Canada’s most iconic lakes and is found in the Valley of Ten Peaks. Its water is a striking emerald blue. The lake is accessed from the Moraine Lake Road near Lake Louise and is only open to vehicles during the summer months.
The next stop along the way was at Herbert Lake. Located on the Ice Field Parkway’s Highway 93, this is a small lake which could be easily overlooked along this breathtaking route. However, we have been here several times before and decided to pay it a visit.
Our next stop along the highway was at Bow Lake. We parked at the north end of the lake shore and watched the sunrise illuminate the mountains. The Lake is fed by Crowfoot Glacier which can be seen from the highway high above Crowfoot Mountain.
A short distance along from Bow Lake is a short trail to Bow Summit. The trail is less than a kilometer long and from the summit there is a fantastic view overlooking Peyto Lake. We could see that the ice on the lake had broken into big chunks as it was in the process of melting.
Located about 30km south of Jasper along the Athabasca River are the Athabasca Falls. The snow and ice from the mountains was in the process of melting down from the mountains and into the river. Stood at my vantage point overlooking the falls, it was an awe-inspiring site to watch the power of the water rushing past us.
We hope you enjoy travel photography here as much as we did on our Canada road trip!