Posted by: danielfee | May 9, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above – Canada 05-09-2013

For this weeks photo challenge “from above”,  I have so many great photos, I decided to make it a running theme for the entire week. Canada is the final entry for this week’s challenge “from above” since we will get a new challenge tomorrow.

Peyto Lake - Alberta, Canada

Peyto Lake – Alberta, Canada

The beautiful turquoise waters of Peyto Lake along the Icefield Parkway in Alberta, Canada is a glacier-fed lake located in Banff National Park. It was named for Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area. During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake, and these suspended rock particles give the lake a bright, turquoise color.  The lake is best seen from Bow Summit, the highest point on the Icefield Parkway.

Banff from Sulphur Mountain

Banff from Sulphur Mountain

Banff National Park is located on the western edge of Alberta, Canada approximately an hour west of Calgary. In the Canadian Rockies there are a series of beautiful national parks, but Banff is the crown jewel of the parks with its glittering snow-capped peaks, blue-green lakes, flowered alpine meadows, vast glaciers, hot springs, waterfalls and abundant wildlife. Within the park is the town of Banff, which offer top of the line accommodations if you don’t want to rough it. For some of the best views of Banff take the gondola, located 5 minutes outside of town, to the 7,486 foot  summit of Sulphur Mountain. You can walk along the Banff Skywalk along the summit ridge to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site and then have dinner at the Summit Restaurant.

Athabasca River flowing through Jasper

Athabasca River flowing through Jasper

The Athabasca River runs through the heart of Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. Established as a forest reserve in 1907, Jasper is the largest national park and wildlife sanctuary in the Canadian Rockies, encompassing 4,200 square miles. The town of Jasper is located in the park and has a year-round population of approximately 5,400. Located 3 hours north of Banff and 3 hours west of Edmonton, visitors don’t tend to wander in on a whim. They come for the unspoiled scenery and the chance to spot big horn sheep, bears, moose, elk, caribou, mountain goats, and wolves.

Waterton National Park from Bear Hump

Upper Lake at Waterton National Park from Bear Hump

Waterton Lakes National Park is located in the southwest corner of Alberta. It is where the Canadian prairies meet the Canadian Rockies. There are four main lakes in Waterton: Upper, Middle and Lower Waterton lakes and Maskinogne. They can all be seen from the comfort of your automobile, but park the car and hike to the top of “bear hump” for a much better view of the Upper and Middle Waterton lakes. As you look south at the Upper Waterton lake, at the far end is Glacier National Park in Montana, the sister park to Waterton Lakes.

Middle Lake at Waterton National Park

Middle Lake at Waterton National Park

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Beautiful!


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