We went a little further north on Higway 93, up to one of the most accessible trails in Jasper National Park: Mt. Edith Cavell. We took the Meadows Trail, and the peaceful hiking trail led to a icy lake located right under a glacier.
We also saw some of the local wildlife, and one small mammal in particular seemed to expect some food. Unfortunately we had nothing to give.
We also stopped at Maligne Canyon located just a little outside Jasper. There we could walk to a lower and upper falls area.
After doing the sights around Jasper, we drove south again towards Banff. We passed some beautiful lakes along the way.
Near Banff there are some hoodoos which are tall rock formations that have formed from erosion. We were able to climb up among them.
Next we visited Johnson Canyon, where the limestone bedrock has been carved deeply by thousands of years of water erosion.
Finally, we took the gondola up to Sulphur Mountain. It gave us even better views of Banff and the surrounding area.
It was a great trip, but the three weeks we spent could easily have been a month or more, as there were so many hikes and natural sights we didn’t have time to see. It’s definitely worth a return visit someday.