Ten friends followed the Trail Boss up the Icefields Parkway to Jasper recently. We made a few stops along the way to enjoy the wonder of the Canadian Rockies – the most spectacular drive in Canada. We spent four days taking in some of the sights and hikes and enjoying great food. Parker Ridge Trail is always a huge highlight with marvelous flowers and the view of Saskatchewan Glacier and Mount Castleguard. (I had climbed it many years ago.) Three of the group took the boat ride on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island; the most photographed island in Jasper National Park, while the others wore themselves out hiking the Opal Hills Trail. The Maligne Canyon hike with breakfast at the Fifth Bridge picnic site were part of the itinerary, and Athabasca Falls and the three falls at Sunwapta were particularly awesome due to high water levels. The American dipper bird perched on a big rock on Utopia Creek delighted us as we hiked Utopia Pass Trail at Miette. All in all it was a terrific trip with super weather and great companions.
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