Icefields Parkway, Alberta, Canada

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The Icefields Parkway stretches 230 km (142 miles) between Lake Louise and the town of Jasper and travels through the heart of the Canadian Rockies.  The highway parallels the Main Ranges of the Canadian Rockies within Banff and Jasper National Parks.  The peaks of the mountains visible from the highway can reach an altitude of 3300 meters (11,000 feet).  Many glacially fed streams and lakes can be seen and visited along the way.  Pictured here is Lake Louise, a glacial lake located in Banff National Park.  The lake is named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria.  The emerald color of the water comes from rock flour carried into the lake by melt-water from the glaciers that overlook the lake.