Im sure that you’ve heard a few times before that the drive between Jasper and Banff is one of the most breathtaking drives in the world. I never usually believe such things until I have witnessed them for myself and I have to say, everyone is 100% right. It is amazing. It must be a hard life for anyone who lives in this area and drives around there everyday! So carrying on from A Road Triping Adventure: Jasper we were up early to photograph the beautiful Patricia Lake which you can see in the previous post. Then we hit the road!

 

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According to google maps it takes 3 hours to do the drive. It ended up taking us 9 hours because we stopped so many times to get out and take photos. We also stopped at the Columbia Icefield Glacier too which was one of the most amazing experiences ever! Im telling you, Canada has the goods! This blog is mainly going to be pictures because who needs words with scenery like this!

 

Just after leaving Jasper
Just after leaving Jasper

 

More mountains goodness
About 5 minutes down the road

Sunwapta Falls

We stopped in at Sunwapta Falls which is a waterfall that is part of the Sunwapta River. It is accessible via a short drive off the Icefields Parkway. The falls have a drop of about 18.5 metres and is just another beautiful waterfall with my favourite colour water.

 

Sunwapta Falls
Sunwapta Falls

 

More mountain goodness
More mountain goodness

 

Columbia Icefield

Next stop was the Columbia Icefield Interperative Centre before boarding the gigantic Ice Explorer bus that takes you up onto the Athabasca glacier where you get the chance to walk around on ancient ice that is as think as a skyscraper. It was arctic like conditions that day with wind so cold and strong if I stopped walking it would push me sliding back down the glacier.  It was so beautiful one of the best experiences of my life.

 

Columbia Icefield
Columbia Icefield

 

Arctic Conditions on the glacier
Arctic Conditions on the glacier

 

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Ancient Ice

 

I could have stayed here forever
I could have stayed here forever

 

You really feel small amongst the giant mountains
You really feel small amongst the giant mountains

 

Steamy mountains
Steamy mountains

 

Back on the road again heading to Lake Louise. It was already getting into the late afternoon but the beauty just kept coming and we just kept stopping to take photos of it!

 

Crazy  how small the road looks in this valley
Crazy how small the road looks in this valley

 

The token shot of the road between the mountains
The token shot of the road between the mountains

 

We didn’t quite make it to Lake Louise before sunset. Thankfully there was a beautiful lake right beside the road as it was approaching that time of day so we pulled over and waited for the sun to set.

 

Lake Waterfoul
Lake Waterfowl

 

After the sun had set we thought we had better make our way to Lake Loiuse before it got too late. Back in the car and eventually we made it to Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. All I can say about that place was WOW! But I will talk more about that in the next blog!

I hope you enjoyed the drive with me from Jasper to Lake Louise. I hope that you thought it was as amazing as I did. If so, let me know in the comments below. 🙂

 

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14 thoughts on “A Road Tripping Adventure: Jasper to Lake Louise

  1. Amazing scenery and photos Larissa. I particularly liked the waterfall one. What n.d. filter did you use for that to smooth the water?

    1. Thank so much Ann! I used a circular polariser on this one! It helps to bring down the highlights and brings out the blues and greens in a scene! 🙂

  2. Absolutely breathtaking pictures as always, Larissa! It was such a pleasure to look through your photos as I made that incredibly beautiful journey in January this year! You’ve really captured the essence of the Canadian Rockies in such a beautiful way (I’ve already pinned a couple of shots). I can’t wait to go back!
    Siobhan x
    http://www.blueberryvintage.com.au

    1. Awww, thanks so much Siobhan! Its an incredible part of the world isn’t it! I can’t wait to go back too! x

  3. OMG! This drive looks amazing! I want so badly to do this now! Great photos and article Larissa. Thanks for sharing your adventure!

    1. Its from doing a long exposure Clare. I will be teaching how to do it in my new e-course that is coming out soon! 🙂

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