Mountains, Lakes, Icefields & More…

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller

Virginia’s Canadian Rockies adventure continues from where we left off yesterday, arriving by Rocky Mountaineer train in Jasper National Park. Tour buses, a hired car, hiking shoes and more memory makers filled our Rocky Mountaineer tour of Canada’s National Parks in Alberta. From my stay-at-home armchair to yours, here are glimpses of what we experienced…

Waterfalls and mountains (Jasper National Park)

Gushing grandeur (Jasper National Park)

On a warm summer’s day we encountered a snow storm riding in an Ice Explorer up to the Athabasca Glacier in the Columbia Icefields. Zipping up our raincoats (padded with layers of shirts underneath) Dwight and I scurried out onto the glacier.

Photo credit: random tourist who offered 

Azure water @ Lake Maligne (Jasper National Park)

Turquoise water falls (Banff National Park)

A bride photobombed my pic @ Lake Louise!

Our Rocky Mountaineer tour took us to this posh place with grand views of Lake Louise from our windows (that continued ’til 10:00 at night!) Instead of laying out for fancy dinners, we ate at a pub type place and splurged on an Afternoon Tea reservation.

Enjoying delectable tea and treats in the elegant dining room overlooking Lake Louise is an experience we’ll never forget.

Sunny day traipsing around Banff National Park

Our Rocky Mountaineer bus tour ended in the town of Banff, but we tacked on five more days to explore more places with a hired car (and our hiking shoes.)

A three mile hike to these waterfalls in Banff’s Johnston Canyon was worth every step.

What would a visit to Canada be without seeing a Moose?

Gloomy clouds filled the sky as we walked an hour or two around Moraine Lake on our last day in Banff National Park, but then…


grace, peace & armchair adventures

Virginia : )

“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station through which God speaks to us every hour, if only we will tune in.” George Washington Carver

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14 Responses to Mountains, Lakes, Icefields & More…

  1. ourcrossings says:

    We had a chance to visit Banff National Park a few years ago, but as per usual run out of the time and never ended up visiting Jasper. I would nothing more than to go back one day to see more of beautiful lakes and mountain views. Thanks for sharing and stay safe 😊 Aiva

    • Virginia says:

      We really enjoyed our extra days in Banff – so incredibly beautiful. But if you have a chance to visit Jasper, some of the sites there were equally breathtaking. We also enjoyed the Columbia Icefields – a once in a lifetime experience for southerners like us. Please take care, Aiva, & be safe! 🧼😎🧼

  2. Oh the wonders and beauty of nature. All these pictures are breathtaking! A gentle reminder of God’s greatness and grandeur presence. He is still with us even in trying times—-He never left. He never leaves nor forsake. Amazing pictures. Glad you shared with us!
    Love & light.

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you, Miss Sunshine, for your encouraging words of Hope! God’s busy heavenly paintbrushes are a reminder of God’s love & Presence… always. Please be safe, Cyn – much Love & Light back at ‘cha! 🌟✨💜✨🌟

  3. you have certainly traveled the world and captured such beauty.

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you, Michele. I didn’t travel much during the 10-year caregiving gig for my parents, so this trip in their honor after they passed was a huge blessing. It’s a good thing my younger brother & I like so many things in common: nature, mountains, birds, art, music (& he is a history buff.) On the Vancouver segment of this trip we organized tickets to the Vancouver Symphony – another memory we won’t forget! Much love! 💕😎💕

  4. Michelle says:

    The turquoise water is beautiful!!! How neat to see snow in summer!

    • Virginia says:

      Michelle, the turquoise water was unforgettable. The snow took us by surprise, but walking on the glacier was one of those once in a lifetime experiences. Incredible! Blessings! ❄️☀️❄️

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