One of the last Banff adventures that I went on was to the Columbia Icefield in between Banff and Jasper. The drive to the Icefield is magnificent with endless views of the beautiful Canadian Rockies. Aussie Aaron and I stopped on the way at Peyto Lake, which is a glacier fed lake that is in the shape of a wolf head. Not only was the lake extremely beautiful but it also blanketed me with a sense of tranquility. The quiet of being (almost) alone in nature was very calming.
We continued on to the Columbia Icefield. It was every geographers dream. There were five glacial tongues retreating through valleys and two ice caves in the distance. In the summer, Brewster Travel Canada (link below) does a bus tour where you can actually go up onto the glacier. As we were visiting in the winter, we instead hiked to the ice caves to snap some pics. I’ve included my amateur pictures below but also a couple of Aaron’s way more professional pictures. Check him out on instagram for awesome wildlife pictures (@aaronrphotography). This guy chases bears. Insane.
Aaron’s amazing pictures (@aza_adventures):