GLACIER ADVENTURE

Prior to my actual vacation in Canada, my cousin send me a private message while I was still in Dubai about our plan to go on a glacier adventure. She direct me to website where I can browse the photos of the place and upon checking the link I was like a child who keep on wishing for days to pass by quickly so that I can see it personally.

Our glacier moment finally kick off. Our side plus two other families drove all the way to Jasper early in the morning. It will take 4 to 5 hours to reach our desired destination.

This is my very first weekend trip. My cousin told me to sleep since it will take more hours of driving but with this kind of scenery on both side of the road, I better be awake.

This is my very first weekend trip. My cousin told me to sleep since it will take more hours of driving but with this kind of scenery on both side of the road, I better be awake.

We have 2 activities on that day – visiting Columbia Ice Field and Glacier Skywalk. Some of them already experience the Skywalk many times but some has never been to ice exploration. If they are excited to come back, I am more than thrill to see both places for the first time.

Lots of visitor are coming back and forth inside the waiting area. Some of them buy their ticket. Some are waiting for their bus departure. Some are patiently waiting for their family/friends  that are gone for the actual trip. We thought we could get into a bus right away like what they been before. Things were different now. Maybe because of outnumber of people stand by for their turn.

Jasper National Park waiting area

Jasper National Park waiting area

 

We used our resting period to eat our potluck lunch and enjoy the mountain as our backdrop. The wind was so chilly that even some of us wear jacket they still felt the coldness. They keep on asking me if I’m okay as they knew I’m a newbie to that kind of weather. Thanks God I brought my shawl to use especially on this sudden drop of temperature.

 

Good to eat lunch while looking on this beautiful mountain

Good to eat lunch while looking on this beautiful mountain.

The weather forecast was supposed to be sunny but it is partly cloudy when we arrived. Thanks to Heaven fro not raining at all.

The weather forecast was supposed to be sunny but it is partly cloudy when we arrived. Thanks to Heaven for not raining at all.

w8ng-area

I saw the Athabasca Glacier from where we stand..can't wait to see it upclose.

I saw the Athabasca Glacier from where we stand..can’t wait to see it upclose.

After a couple of hours, the staff assisted us to our bus going to Columbia Icefield. I was surprised to see that our bus driver is a lady. Wow, she got all the skills of a man to drive a big bus load of people. Kudos to her.

This is our way to Columbia Ice Field

The road to Columbia Ice Field

I thought the lady driver will take us directly to glacier but it seems that her shift is limited to Discovery Center to waiting area 2 where another bus is waiting for us.

A snow coach especially designed for ice exploration.

A snow coach especially designed for ice exploration.

As we hop on this massive bus, another experienced driver is so excited to show us the beauty of Columbia Ice Field. He’s a good driver and a tour guide in one. The movement of bus is somehow slow but we never get bored because of much information shared by our driver and the snow-capped mountain that surrounds us.

Oh that bus..looks so small but the truth is we're just on higher ground to see it that way. We'll also pass the same route.

Oh that bus..looks so small but the truth is we’re just on higher ground to see it that way. We’ll also pass the same route.

It's so gorgeous to see an ice formation on top of a mountain.

It’s so gorgeous to see an ice formation on top of a mountain.

Finally, we saw the actual glacier.

Finally, we saw the actual glacier.

So sad we got only 15 minutes to experience the glacier. Taking photos with our group, doing selfie and trying to walk in a freezing snow is already time consuming. I think this is the only downside of this trip. I hope in the future they will be more considerate as some visitors are first timers and they want extra minutes to really savor the moment.

The cold never bothered us anyway...

The cold never bothered us anyway…

Though we feel a bit of ‘bitin‘ in this Columbia Ice Field, we tried to understand that we have another activity in line. We hurried back to bus and enjoy our next adventure.

My quote for that day: palakasan ng loob sa pagtapak sa salamin..Huwaw!!!!!

My quote for that day: palakasan ng loob sa pagtapak sa salamin..Huwaw!!!!!

After our much-awaited glacier walk, its time to conquer our fear on glacier skywalk. No need to explain why they used the word ‘sky’. The photo above shows what it means to hang out  above the mountain.

Our starting point: cliff-edged walkway where they offer a free hand-held audio guide so that we can hear the complete history while doing the skywalk.

Our starting point: cliff-edged walkway where they offer a free hand-held audio guide so that we can hear the complete history while doing the skywalk.

maybe the snow in this moutain is all-year round. Amazing!

maybe the snow in this mountain is all-year round. Amazing!

The finale, of course, is a glass-floor platform that is nerve-wracking to some but pleasure for others.

Discovery Vista - a 35m observation deck from the edge of the cliff that hovers 280m above valley.

Discovery Vista – a 35m observation deck from the edge of the cliff that hovers 280m above valley.

If you will ask me how I feel standing on a glass-floor with ‘bangin‘ at the bottom, I’m not afraid at all and never had dizziness in any instances. I know the skywalk is safe for everyone. It passes with safety standard so I’m pretty sure you’ll finish the trail worry-free.

The small girl who is not afraid of height. Minsan lang ito eh!

The small girl who is not afraid of height. Minsan lang ito eh!

The glacier skywalk gives me the opportunity to stand in the cliff of the mountain where I can stare at the glacier above and a great view of ecosystem when I look down.

Artful creation from Heaven

Artful creation from Heaven

Part of Sunwapta Valley

Part of Sunwapta Valley

When in Skywalk, walk, stand, sit and do wahtever you like. I don't know when I will see it again so better to take a picture that will serve as my lifetime memoirs.

When in Skywalk, walk, stand, sit and do whatever you like. I don’t know when I will see it again so better to take a picture that will serve as my lifetime memoirs.

When I first look at the photos of Columbia Ice Field and Glacier Skywalk on the internet, I was ecstatic to come over to Canada immediately. An elevated excitement sticks on me on my actual visit. Both places left me with a breathtaking view, something I will miss when I’m back to Middle East.

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