We are staying in Banff for 3 days with a car. We plan to visit Lake Louise and experience the highway drive. Is it worth another long day driving to Colombia Icefield, bearing in mind we are going to visit Mendenhall glacier in Alaska following week? Is one glacier much like another?
I love the Canadian Rockies and have driven the Icefields Parkway twice in both directions to and from Banff to Jasper . It's one of my favorite drives, particularly by motorcycle. However, the Athabasca Glacier has retreated well back toward the Columbia Icefield in recent years. Mendenhall is really scenic and reasonably approachable. If you are pressed for time, so that you can't actually ride out onto the Athabasca Glacier, my personal preference would be to save the time to do something active at one of the many of sites in the area. For example, hike the waterfalls in Johnston Canyon, drive up to Moraine Lake outside Lake Louise, or hike the Bow Glacier Trail to the falls behind Bow Lake. These will all get you out of the car and all are in the Lake Louise area.
Yes! Not much at Lake Louise, consider skipping it if necessary. However restaurant in restored train station at LL a must see if in the area.
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