The crystalline waters of Flathead Lake cover nearly 200 square miles of northwestern Montana, with depths of up to 300 feet. It’s a wonderful place to pause and visit loved ones.
The lakes in the region are a beautiful shade of turquoise, caused by suspended “rock flour” carried into the lakes from melting glaciers above. This glacial flour, generated by the mechanical grinding of bedrock by the glaciers, is so fine the particles don’t settle out.
We spent two nights in Yoho before making our way toward Jasper on the Icefields Parkway. It’s a north-south highway running 145 miles along the spine of the Canadian Rockies. The area is a “hydrological apex” so meltwater here - and plenty of it - flows to the Pacific, the Atlantic, or the Arctic Oceans. It’s easy to see why the road has been labeled one of the most scenic drives in the world.
The rock, water and sky of these dramatic parks all seem to compete for attention.