Scenery in the Canadian Rockies is spectacular, and my stays in Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay National Parks has made it incredibly accessible. Similar to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in Wyoming, they abut each other and numerous provincial parks in southern British Columbia and Alberta to create a huge, glorious wilderness! I commented to an observer one morning, “It’s pretty hard not to make a good painting with these great compositions to choose from!”
It makes me positively giddy that I’m just getting started. Four more National Parks, Glacier and Revelstoke to the west, Banff to the east and Waterton to the south extend the range of this protected area all the way to the border the USA’s Glacier National Park in Montana. Camping here typically means parking our RV without the benefit of electrical, sewer or water hookups, and cellphone and WiFi signals are nowhere to be found. But it’s well worth these sacrifices for the opportunity to touch so many of these glacier fed emerald lakes, forceful waterfalls, layers of mountain ranges, and deep canyons. We even boondocked one night in the Visitors Center parking lot at the base of the Athabasca Glacier on the Icefield Parkway and enjoyed front row seats of the beautiful sunset and sunrise on the ice.
We still have a bit of time left to explore Banff, Waterton and the USA Glacier National Parks, but then we have to dash across country so I can be home in time for the OPAS Plein Air Competition in September. How silly of me it was to think that four weeks would be enough time here… hah!