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Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Google Maps Location: no GPS, somewhere along Highway 93

This is the Icefields Parkway, one of the most amazing, breathtaking, eye-popping drives I have ever been on in my adventures around the world. This is just one of many views your brain will be permanently etched with, along the 140 mile highway that parallels the Continental Divide. Few places in the world have scenery as replete as this. You have small and large glaciers at every turn, rugged, worn and tall rock faced mountains, emerald aqua blue lakes, roaring rivers and quiet little streams, waterfalls of the typical sort and green rocky mountain fir trees as far as the eye can see. And if that scenery isn’t enough, throw in the chance to encounter wildlife that spans the gamut with grizzly bears, black bears, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, caribou, lynxes and bobcats. Where else in the world can you get that, all in one place? I wish we had more time for that part of the trip, for I could spend days and days photographing scenes like this at every turn.

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