Days 51, 52, 53 August 15, 16 & 17, 2001
The first thing I did when I woke up in my van in the parking lot in Jasper, Alberta, was to walk over to the gas station restroom. Thankfully no one had locked it. I then drove to a quick stop and got a large cup of coffee and a muffin. More moments of gratitude when I got a tent site at the campgrounds, took a shower, and set up my bed back in the tent.
The next day, I realized why I needed reservations in Jasper. Not far away were The Columbian Icefields. They are a big tourist attraction, 2.3 square miles, 3.7 miles long and 1,200 feet deep. Formed between 238,000 and 126,000 BC. during the Great Glaciation, they lay astride of the Continental Divide where mountain waters flowed to The Pacific on one side and The Atlantic on the other.
Tourists from all over the world were brought to the site in snowcoaches from The Icefields Visitors Center.
This whole trip is based on the principle of serendipity. I had no idea this attraction existed. What a wonderful discovery.