Part of my journey camping in various Canadian national parks lead me to these beautiful area between Lake Louise and Jasper. Driving through the Icefields Parkway we stopped at this massive glacier called the Columbia Icefield, and do what I like best, HIKE. Sure there is an easier way to view these glaciers. I mean there is a special bus purposely made to drive up the ice fields and drop people off in the middle of nowhere to take a few pictures of the glacier. But why do things the easy way!
So it’s the end of July in Canada, which is possibly the warmest month of the year. Just the day before I was walking around in shorts, a sleeveless shirt and flip flops enjoying the summer warmth. Now, here I am covered head to toe, wearing my lucky tuque! Nature sure does have a way of messing with you. This area happens to be well preserved within the Rockies. Research states that these ice fields were created some 240,000 years ago. So yeah, a long long time ago. Unfortunately, these ice fields are melting away, at a quicker rate every year. Blame it on whatever you want, Natural heating of the globe, the earth at a degree closer to the sun, Global warming, etc etc. Either theory you want to believe in, the fact remains that slowly these magnificent ice fields are melting.
Time to throw in a little FACT OF THE DAY. So we all know how ice is formed. Basically the ice at the bottom of the fields is the oldest and the top layer is the newest. Air molecules get trapped within the ice. So seeing as the ice fields melt at a quicker rate then ice is created. These air molecules trapped in the ice get released as the ice melts. So given this activity, it is safe to say when standing on these ice fields we are in fact breathing prehistoric air. Air that has been trapped thousands of years. BOOM MIND EXPLOSION!
As I mentioned before, if you ever visit this area you can easily just grab the designated bus which will drive you to the middle of the glacier. But truth is you won’t appreciate its real beauty, its enormousness or its uniqueness as much as you would taking the time to hike up the glacier. The half day spent walking up, hearing the crispness of every step you take, watching the small canals of melted glacier water flow down. Viewing some of the ice holes created to truly see how deep and thick these glaciers are. It allows you to appreciate nature at a different level, and as much as I loved my experience there is one moment that made me the happiest. And that moment was taking a selfie with this gorgeous dog who followed us on our hike.
The day spent here at the Columbia Icefields is another example of how beautiful Canada is. I continue to recommend getting out there and visiting this beautiful country. MY COUNTRY. Thank you again for the read. Please click the follow button at the bottom to both follow my blog and encourage me to keep writing. Feel free to leave any comments and or questions you have about any aspect of travelling.