Back in 2010 I had finally got enough reward miles for my first frequent flyer ticket anywhere in the USA and Canada.
Naturally I booked one of the most expensive tickets that I could get my hands on, and ended up on a short trip to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.
Between the stunning vistas of Lake Louise and the gorgeous hikes near Banff National Park, I could easily see why this park is one my Canadian friends are most proud of.
While in Lake Louise, I decided to take a day trip further north, almost to the entrance of nearby Jasper National Park to explore the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier. After plunking down a serious chunk of change for a Columbia Icefield day trip I boarded the coach in the early morning to see what the icefield was all about.