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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 – http://www.chrs.ca/Rivers/Athabasca/Athabasca_e...)
Camera – Nikon N80 SLR; Film – Fuji Reala 100