Before my aunt suggested we take a road trip to Canada, I had no clue what was there to see in Canada. I didn’t know about Banff, Jasper, Yoho, or Kootenay. Heck, I didn’t even know the Rocky Mountain Range went all the way to Canada, even though I did take one semester of world geography in high school. I guess I just never really studied the map of the world very carefully.
Somehow, my aunt knew all of that. She showed me a guide book full of pictures of Lake Louise, Columbia Icefield, and the snow-topped mountains. I wasn’t exactly interested in seeing the snow-topped mountains at first because I live in a place where I can see mountains from my house but when we were heading north on Icefield Parkway (Highway 93), I became completely amazed at the huge mountain ranges.
Afterwards, I told my mom about the majestic mountain ranges, she scoffed and told me if I wanted to see mountain ranges, why not just open my front door instead of driving all the way to Canada?
You ain’t seen nothing like these mountains, mom. I wanted to tell her but I knew she would be angry and I wasn’t in the mood to be lectured while in Canada.
These pictures were taken that afternoon after completing the Valley of Five Lakes hike. Since Valley of Five Lakes was the last destination before reaching the town Jasper, we decided to turn around after the hike and visit the places on the other side of the road.
The picture below is the picture above taken at another angle which shows the mountain range each sign is pointing to.
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