(Link to Day 4)
After a much needed rest we woke up quite late on Day 5. Our original plan was considerably delayed but considering what happened on Day 4 we just wanted to make sure we reached home safe and sound.
We left Edson at 1100 hrs and started for the second most famous town in the Rockies, Jasper. The first being Banff. We made a brief stop at Hinton which looked like a 'touristy' place. People usually prefer to stay here when they are looking for cheap accommodation as it gets quite expensive inside the Jasper and Banff National Parks.
Soon my casual jaunt had to be ended as I got a call to regroup near our car. It was time to leave.We left Jasper at 1700 Hrs. We were seriously late and I was sure that by the time we reached Lake Louise it would be dark and we will miss the views. Nevertheless I did not have much say in things so I just played along, happy to see whatever was coming my way.
The drive from Jasper to Banff is believed to be one of the most beautiful in the world and sure enough it threw up one spectacular landscape after another. The views were spellbinding. Nothing like I've ever seen. And I have been to the Himalayas multiple times. We made multiple stops on our way taking in the views. Our next major stop was the Athabasca Glacier. When I was a kid I had read a book called 'Athabasca' by Alistair MacLean. It was set in the regions surrounding these areas. To be near the setting of one of my favorite books was like a dream come true.
After spending some time here we resumed our journey. We made more stops including one at the Crawfoot Glacier. It was getting dark and the sky was giving off a bluish tint. With the glacier in front of me, the low hanging clouds which surrounded the mountains like a necklace and in that receding light the whole place had almost a surreal feel to it. It was magical.
We finally reached Lake Louise at 2300 Hrs when it was totally dark as I had suspected. There was no point going near the lake so we marched on and finally reached our Hotel in Invermere, the cheapest option we got near Banff. Thus ended the best day of the our trip so far.
(Note - This a deviation from my usual style of writing as its been almost 4 months since I went on this trip and I also have a backlog of posts to write. Hence keeping it short and brief.)