The first trip I took through the Rockies was into Jasper National Park. The drive from Edmonton was a long one, but worth every moment. Once we entered the park, mountains began to rise in front of our very eyes. I have about 10 different angles of every photo I took because I was in complete awe of what nature laid in front of me. We took some random side roads and were rewarded with near untouched beauty of the trees and mountains.
On one of these side trips, we came into the direct path of a bear! It was literally the length of 1.5 of me away from us! S/he was very calm however and looked at us with some curiosity, and luckily as the bear was walking, I was able to get pictures from multiple angles, such a riveting experience!
We then went into the town of Jasper for some lunch. It was a cute little town with a lot of RVs parked for lunch as well. I love that the stores in town all follow the same look no matter what brand they are. I definitely got a bit of a ski lodge vibe.
We then took off on the road again, and our next stop was at Athabasca falls. Through this whole day, this was by far my favourite place, and I would have loved to spend more time exploring here. Beautiful mountain views and rushing waterfalls. The water was crisp and pristine, I definitely say this is a must see if you’re in Jasper!
As we geared up to head back to Edmonton, we drove along the Columbia Icefield, and there were just so many beautiful places along the way that we ended up pulling over for lots of pictures!
Overall, this trip was about 15 hours of mostly driving, with lots of stops along the way. I would recommend staying somewhere closer to the park, especially if you’d like to visit Banff on your trip as well.