Saturday morning I was off bright and early, coffee in hand, for a much-needed trip to the mountains to recharge my batteries. It was a gorgeous day to hit the road which made the early start worth it.
Our first stop was at the Glacier Discovery Centre, where we enjoyed lunch at the Altitude Restaurant overlooking the Athabasca Glacier. Altitude offers a lunch buffet with Canadian inspired and locally sourced offerings, and let me tell you, the Market Fresh Fried Fish was worth going back for seconds of. We took some time to explore the Discovery Centre, and browse the gift shop before checking in for our Glacier Adventure and Glacier Skywalk tour with Pursuit Banff Jasper Collection.
First stop, the Athabasca Glacier. A short bus ride took us to the loading terminal where we boarded the huge ice explorers which drove us right up onto the glacier. It was fun learning some facts about the climate in the area on the ride onto the glacier, like how the trees are hundreds of years old but don’t look it because the growing season is so short or that the glacier itself is as deep as the Eiffel tower is high! Once there, we had about half an hour to walk along the glacier, take photos and fill up our water bottles with fresh glacier water. I wish I had brought more than one water bottle along since nothing beats the taste of fresh glacier water right from the source.
Once our time was up, we loaded back onto the ice crawlers and then to the bus down the highway to the Glacier Skywalk. The Skywalk is a glass platform jutting over the Sunwapta Valley, offering stunning views of the valley below. The glass floor wasn’t as nerve-wracking as I might have expected it to, although I can see how it might make someone with a fear of heights a little bit nervous to step onto. It was definitely worth the views of the valley. We spent some time scouting for wildlife on the mountains and taking pictures before hopping back on the bus to the Discovery Centre.
(photo credit: Pursuit Banff Jasper Collection)
We were back on the road again to Jasper, where we stopped for a mouthwatering steak dinner at Embers Steakhouse. It had been awhile since I’ve been to an ala carte steakhouse and I think we made a great choice in sharing sides so we could try a couple different things. Stuffed to the max, we got back in the car for a trek to Hinton to stop in at Folding Mountian Brewing for a pint or two before calling it a night.
The following morning began with a coffee and breakfast from the Bears Paw bakery before heading out on a nice little walk around the Maligne Canyon. There’s nothing better than starting the day with mountain air filling your lungs. We worked up a sweat under the sun and decided to refuel and rehydrate at Jasper Brewing before making the long drive home.
With the mountains in the rearview mirror, we left tired but recharged. An adventure filled weekend was just what I needed. It was fun to play tourist in our own backyard and check out some of the iconic attractions that tourists from all over the world come to see.
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