The destination for the next day was Jasper, which is another 250 kilometers further north from Lake Louise. We again started our day trip pretty early in the morning and headed out into the direction of Jasper on Icefields Parkway. First things first – napping! Being sleep deprived for quite a while already, we perfected sleeping on the bus.
The first stop on that day was Bow Lake or as First Nations would call it Num-Ti-Jah. Again, it was worth getting up early. This place is less commercializes than other places and lakes we’ve visited and therefore a lot more peaceful. Also, we could feel that the weather is changing because it was gradually getting cooler.
We were heading up north to Jasper National Park and we could see the vegetation changing. At some point we even passed the tree line and then is was rocks only.
One of our stops were the Columbia Icefield, the largest ice field in North America and one of the largest in the world! We decided against a touristy tour in the actual ice field and headed a bit further north for a hike instead. Making it to the top we had a fantastic view for lunch!
Shortly before we arrived in Jasper, we spotted some elk on an island in the Athabasca River.
Before heading to our cabin for the night, we did some grocery shopping. That evening we cooked Thai curry. Also, we did not have running water or wifi or much electricity that night. But the more we enjoyed being disconnected. We saw the Northern Lights, hung out on the highway while observing the stars and sang some songs at the campfire.
The next day we headed south to Banff again. That day we experienced a big change in the weather – it snowed! At about 2000m above sea level we experienced a heavy snowstorm. That was quite impressive if you consider that it was mid of August.
In the evening we arrived in Banff again. Our last night together we spent like this: first we had a big dinner with pulled pork sandwiches and later on we did a pub crawl through Banff. My travels continued the same night – I had to catch the Greyhound bus to Kamloops because I was on the way to Ashcroft.