Title: The Mighty Athabasca
Location & Date: Athabasca River, Jasper National Park | 2015
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ 16-35mm @ 17mm (Lee Big Stopper + Lee .6 Soft Edge ND Filter)
Shutter Speed: 25 seconds
The Athabasca River is not only the most iconic river in Jasper National Park, but also one of the most iconic and important rivers in Canada. Originating from a small lake at the toe of the Athabasca Glacier – part of the Columbia Icefield – it travels more than 1200 kilometers to Fort Chipewyan, where it merges with the Peace River and eventually feeds Slave River and the Mackenzie, before reaching the Arctic Ocean. Its massive drainage spans 95,300 square kilometers, with every inch critical to people and animals. And a few kilometers north of Athabasca Falls in Jasper, Highway 93 crosses the river, offering one of my favorite views of the river, framed by fir trees, Pyramid Mountain and that wild Alberta sky.