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Athabasca River, Icefields Parkway, near Jasper, Alberta, Canada by Adrian Paul

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This photo of the frozen Athabasca River was taken from the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff in the Canadian Rockies, Alberta, Canada

The Athabasca River as a whole is the longest river in Alberta, winding 1,538 km through mountains, prairies, forests and muskeg to Lake Athabasca in Wood Buffalo National Park. One of the major drainage conduits for western Canada, the Athabasca originates in the Columbia Icefield, a 325 square kilometre area along the Continental Divide, and flows across three of the major physiographic regions of Canada, namely the Rocky Mountains, the Interior Plains and the Canadian Shield.

The section of the Athabasca River nominated to the Canadian Heritage Rivers System is 168 km long and lies entirely within Jasper National Park. Here, the river flows swiftly through the mountains, sometimes through narrow, confined channels, with gorges, rapids and waterfalls; other times, in wide, open, braided river channels with alluvial flats more than a kilometre wide. (Source –

Camera – Nikon N80 SLR; Film – Fuji Reala 100

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  • Rick Playle
    Rick Playleover 4 years ago

    Thats one area I would love to visit Adrian trip of a lifetime and grand adventure
    looks mighty cold though
    cheers Rick

  • Sure was cold – probably somewhere between minus 10 and minus twenty that day. We were lucky to spend one whole year in Edmonton, about three hours East of Jasper so we were lucky to see the Rockies in all four seasons – just magnificent!

    – Adrian Paul

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured Adrian!
    Lucky you spending a year and seeing all seasons in that wonderful area!

  • Thanks Trish. It’s amazing we survived any road trip – we spent the entire year driving a rust-ridden old bomb of car that cost us only $1.00 to buy!

    – Adrian Paul

  • Karen E Camilleri
    Karen E Camillerialmost 4 years ago

    This is awesome Adrian, I bet you were rugged up for this shot!

  • Thanks Karen. Sure were rugged up. The temperature was somewhere between minus ten and minus twenty!

    – Adrian Paul

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