The Canadian Rockies are not the same as the beautiful American Rockies. Although not as high, they appear so since the base elevations are lower. From Glacier National Park north, there are numerous glaciers, even though earlier visitors have remarked upon the rate of melting. We traveled in early April and even though Lake Louise (at the southern end of the parkway) was still frozen, the views are spectacular. We were able to take the Parkway on the single clear day during the week we were there and the roads were fine. One must watch the weather carefully prior to starting out on the trip. Not only is there snowstorms, warm days increase the probability of avalanches and we saw evidence of many along the way. Blowing snow is also a problem as it can create white-outs. Once you've determined the weather is good, the trip provides you with views you have only seen on National Geographic. We were also able to observe a couple of wolves and wildlife abounds. The weather was colder than normal and it snowed a lot during our stay so the mountains were completely snow-covered. The glaciers and what little water had melted were a wonderful glacier green - just gorgeous! This trip would be worth a day during the summer as well. If you are there during the winter, make sure to be prepared with snow chains and warm clothing and pay close attention to the weather forecasts.
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