Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park: Introduction

This is a guest post by Adam’s dad as Adam and his girlfriend, Anna Sutphen joined me and Adam’s mom, Cyndi on a 2-week summer camping vacation to the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park shortly after their year-long adventure in South America. I get to write for this section since we were thrilled to share this Traverse adventure with Adam and Anna.


Anna, Cyndi, Rich and Adam’s Glacier adventure

The Planning is Done and Away We Go!

After months of research and planning (mostly by Cyndi), we started the trip by hitching our pop-up camper to the rented Toyota Sequoia SUV the night before an early Saturday morning departure. We had 2 long days of driving from our Chicago suburb to Alberta, Canada.

Camper + Sequoia

Our plans included visiting Jasper National Park, the beautiful town of Lake Louise, the Columbia Icefields, Yoho National Park & its amazing Emerald Lake, the town of Banff, and Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, before returning to the U.S. parks of Glacier National in Montana and Custer State Park in South Dakota.


We knew that we would cover a lot of miles but felt it was worth the effort given the predicted loss of all glaciers in North America sometime in the next 20 to 30 years.

This is the first of several posts that will follow during this next week about the various stages of our trip.

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