Jasper and on the Way Home!!

Well, it is very much autumn here in the mountains, the air is chilly and many of the leaves are starting to change. Today was the first day it was chilly out, but not in all of the places we visited today. We spent a little time in Jasper, so needed a little bit of time in a couple of the stores!! Then head towards the Columbia Icefields, didn't go up but drove by them, I hadn't seen them before so it was interesting to see. The lower part is considered Athabasca Glacier.

The Athabasca Glacier is one of the six principal 'toes' of the Columbia Icefield, located in the Canadian Rockies. The glacier currently recedes at a rate of 2–3 metres (6.6–9.8 ft) per year[1] and has receded more than 1.5 km (0.93 mi) in the past 125 years and lost over half of its volume. The glacier moves down from the icefield at a rate of several centimetres per day. Due to its close proximity to the Icefields Parkway, between the Alberta towns of Banff and Jasper, and rather easy accessibility, it is the most visited glacier in North America. The leading edge of the glacier is within easy walking distance; however, travel onto the glacier is not recommended unless properly equipped. Hidden crevasses have led to the deaths of unprepared tourist.

Well, heading home tomorrow, sad to be doing so but happy to be able to sleep in my own bed. Promise to get caught on blogs and photos soon.

 

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