Slowly Melting - Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta

Crowfoot Glacier, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta

There is no question on how the Icefields Parkway got its name. Along the 140 miles that connects Banff and Jasper National Parks, there are no fewer than 100 glaciers along the road that traverses the Continental Divide in the Canadian Rockies. Some of the glaciers can be seen from the many parkway pullouts, while others require some serious hiking. The two most popular ones are the Athabasca Glacier, where you can actually be driven onto the glacier, and this one, Crowfoot Glacier.

The Crowfoot Glacier's runoff is the main source of water for Bow Lake, which can be seen between the parkway and the glacier, and it also feeds the Bow River. The glacier has retreated and has lost an entire "foot", so it no longer resembles the shape for which it was originally named. Even with its missing part, it is still magnificent and provides a breathtaking view, especially when seen in the glow of sunrise.