Jasper National Park in April – Pyramid Island – Pyramid Scheme

Up near the end of Pyramid Lake Road, in Pyramid Lake with a fabulous view of Pyramid Mountain is a small island called Pyramid Island. Noticing a theme here yet?

You park in the small parking lot and walk across a wooden bridge and there you are, surrounded by mountain beauty.

Pyramid Scheme

As if in a dream

magical alpine island.

A Pyramid scheme.

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Jasper National Park in April – Columbia Icefield – Nature’s Majesty

The Columbia Icefield is the largest icefield in the Rockies at 325 square kilometers ( (125 square miles) and between 100 meters (330 feet) and 365 meters (1198 feet) thick. The area receives up to 7 meters (280 inches) of snow per year.

The Icefield consists of 6 major glaciers (Athabasca, Castleguard, Columbia, Dome, Stuttfield and Saskatchewan) and was formed between 268,000 and 126,000 BCE). The last major advance occurred during the Little Ice Age from 1200 to 1900 AD and the glaciers have been in retreat ever since (note the furthest 1890 extent in the feature photo.

(Source:Wikipedia)

Situated on the Continental Divide (Great Divide), it is sometimes referred to as a Trihedral Divide or hydrological apex. Melt water from this point runs three ways, to the Pacific, the Arctic and the Atlantic Oceans).

(Source:The Canadian Encyclopedia)

On this day, it was spectacular against the blue sky with sunshine making the glacier ice a pale blue. We were but 4 of a handful of people here as the Icefield Discovery Center and Snow Coach Tours were not open. In fact, the parking lot was only recently plowed out. We enjoyed a picnic in our car with the stunning view spread before us as we watched the snow clouds swirl up the backside from the West. It was magical.

Nature’s Majesty

Spread out before us

lay Columbia Icefields.

Nature’s Majesty.

 

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Jasper National Park in April – Icefields Parkway

Highway 93 or the Icefields Parkway runs down the mountain valleys between Highway 16 (Trans Canada North/Yellowhead) South of Jasper town site and the BritishColumbia boundary at Vermilion Pass. It is 268 km. (167 miles) long and I would contend it has some of the most beautiful scenery that the Canadian Rockies has to offer. Up to 100,000 cars a month use portions of this route in the July and August tourist season. A valid Parks Canada pass is required to drive the route through Jasper and Banff National Parks and the maximum speed permitted is 90 km/h (55 mph). The speed is lowered in wildlife corridors and near many of the tourist attractions.

(Source:Wikipedia)

The road was quiet on April 7/19 as we drove South to the Columbia Icefields (next post) with H & L. There are many attractions and pullouts where you can stop to stretch your legs and your eyes. Our first was Athabasca Falls (last post).

We also stopped at:

Goats and Glaciers viewpoint. No goats this day, just an industrious raven gathering nesting materials.

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Stuttfield Glacier viewpoint for these stunning views

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This pullout not far from the Icefields where the Athabasca River shone icy blue-green.

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Tangle Falls…a real tangle of ice on this day.DSC02025DSC02028DSC02033

and by these pink/orange boulders from some ancient landslide, not far from Sunwapta Falls (future post). There is one rock here that is shaped like a giant arm chair. Unfortunately, too much snow here on this day to access easily.DSC02037