Backing up a bit here … rather than taking the Icefields Parkway (HWY 93) to Athabasca Falls, we turned off onto the old Banff/Jasper Highway (HWY 93A), which parallels HWY 93 and ends up at the falls. It was a last minute decision and one we were astounded that we hadn’t considered before. It was spectacular.
If you like to avoid major highways in Jasper National Park for the peaceful meander of a Canadian Rockies backroad, then Highway 93A or “the old highway” is for you. Part of the original Banff/Jasper Highway, it now sees much lighter traffic.
It was such an unexpected and delightful drive … we met approximately 2 cars and saw an older couple on bikes …
When we stopped to take a closer look at a lake peeking through the trees, this is what we were presented with …
I haven’t been able to identify the mountains …
It was a dull, drizzly day so most of my photos turned out kinda dark … however, I used several actions by Linda Sattgast from the “Fix Photos Fast” class she teaches at Digital Scrapper.
Just a few clicks to adjust exposure, contrast, and shadows/highlights. Two more clicks … one to flatten layers, and one of my own actions to “save for my blog” … done, done, and done!
Thanks for stopping by today!
See Sunwapta Falls and Old Man Mountain for Part VI
Deanna@Snippets from Springdale says
It looks like you had a wonderful trip. Love the canoe and it’s pop of red. What glorious scenery!!
such beautiful reflections!
Nancy Williamson says
There’s something special about taking a drive with the hubby not knowing exactly what you are going to find. I’d say your adventure was a huge success with all that gorgeous scenery and a red painted canoe to boot. I am looking forward to your “bits and bytes” post later in the month…
Beth Huffaker says
Such a beautiful part of the world you get to live in, Barb! It looks like taking the road less travelled paid off nicely. And I just saw that you have an upcoming article in Artful Blogging. Congrats! I’ll be sure to pick up a copy.
So about how long is the drive? Where do you take and exit this highway? Planning a visit there in the next few weeks! It looks so serene, when we’re these taken?
Your photos are stunning, Barb! Sometimes taking the road less traveled leads to unexpected treasures. Gotta love a red canoe. :)