The Icefields Parkway – A Journey through Banff National Park and Jasper National Park
Linking Lake Louise with Jasper, Alberta is one of the most beautiful journeys on the planet – the Icefields Parkway. Rated as one of the top drives in the world by Condé Nast Traveller, the Icefield Parkway is a 232 km stretch of double-lane highway winding along the Continental Divide through soaring rocky mountain peaks, icefields and vast sweeping valleys.
The Icefields Parkways, known as Highway 93 North, offers spectacular sightseeing of pristine turquoise lakes, tumbling waterfalls, ancient glaciers and the Columbia Icefields. Along the stretch, big horn sheep, deer, black bears, and coyotes are frequently spotted. Wolves, grizzlies, and goats less so. But witnessing a truly wild sight, like a trio of infant bear cubs under the protection of their mother, is not unlikely.
More than a drive, the Icefield Parkway is a journey through natural history and captivating landscapes. It is rated as the #1 attraction in Banff National on TripAdvisor with the Columbia Icefield Tour as the #6 most popular activity. It is possible to travel this route in 3 hours but it is a crime to do so because of the jaw-dropping scenery. Needless to say, a visit to the Canadian Rockies would be incomplete without experiencing the splendour of the Icefields Parkway and the Columbia Icefields.
Whether you are visiting the Icefields Parkway for the first time or travel it several times a year, there are so many amazing icefields parkway tour and sightseeing opportunities, photographs and discoveries to be had. You can pull over on the Icefield Parkway roadside and at the Columbia Icefield or park in the many trailhead parking areas to really venture into this spectacular wilderness of the Canadian Rockies.
Start planning your Icefields Parkway tour through the Canadian Rockies from Jasper, Alberta to Lake Louise, Alberta. This site has been designed as a resource tool for travelers to make the most of their Canadian Rockies vacation by the Mount Robson Inn, Jasper Alberta and Mountaineer Lodge, Lake Louise Alberta.