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  • Michelle Bucher | June 4, 2015 11:00 PM ET

    Glacier Trekking and a Road Trip to Lake Louise

    Glacier Trekking and a Road Trip to Lake Louise

    I'm always encouraging people to get out and road trip. If you can't get time off work, weekends still present enough time to log some miles. You don't need to take vacation days, and the memories that you make can help get you through the work week.

    We recently learned of a glacier between Jasper and Banff, in Alberta that you can trek on. This glacier is 10 hours from Vancouver, but we only had the weekend to make it to Alberta and back before work on Monday. 

    One of the big things that drew us to the Athabasca glacier was its receding ice sheet. Going back over 100 years, scientists have been tracking the glacier melt, and small markers line the road way leading to the glacier, each showing where the glacier’s edge once was. 

    Our Road Trip Journey

    We left Vancouver after work on a Friday, and drove 10 hours to Alberta. Since we were making such a long trek to Alberta in only a weekend, we chose to stop over at the beautiful Lake Louise before reaching the glacier. We were going to be out that way already, so why not.

    We drove all night and made it to Lake Louise around 6 a.m. The lake is just as beautiful as it looks in pictures. We spent a good hour lake side enjoying the view and munching on some breakfast. After our lake visit, we made our way up the Columbia Icefield towards Jasper. 

    If you drive along the Icefield Parkway between Banff and Jasper, you'll come across an old hotel - the Glacier View Inn. It's really the only thing you'll see along this roadway besides stunning mountain ranges. Across the street from the hotel is the Athabasca glacier. 

    We opted to book a trekking tour on the glacier with a guide rather than ride a bus to the top. This way we were able to learn a bit about the glacier and surrounding area. The guided tour cost around $60 and as a bonus feature, our guide looked exactly like Yukon Cornelius.

    We trekked three hours up the glacier, learning of different cracks, caves and surrounding glaciers that were also melting. After our trek, we made our way over to the hotel to eat some road trip spaghetti before making our way back.

    We opted to drive home right after the trek, rather than spending the night in the area. We chose this because there weren't many hotel options in the area, and the ones that were there were quite expensive. We left the icefield around 8 p.m. and made it back to Vancouver around breakfast time on Sunday morning. We spent most of Sunday sleeping, cleaning out the car, and looking back at amazing pictures from our road trip. 

    This was an amazing road trip, and as crazy as the time schedule was and how tired we were after, it was well worth the trek. 

    What’s the craziest road trip you’ve tackled? Leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from fellow road trippers. 

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Michelle Bucher Road Rules From the Road Trip Blogger

Michelle Bucher Michelle Bucher is an avid road tripper, travel writer and social media marketer from Vancouver, British Columbia. Michelle has spent the past six years on various road trip adventures around North America. She's road tripped through 48 states, 10 provinces and several other countries. Michelle runs a fun travel blog,, showcasing stories from her random road trip adventures.
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