Your park pass is your passport to adventure in Banff National Park and Jasper National Park.
It's your access to explore the heights of soaring peaks to the woodland valleys with winding glacier-fed rivers, and everything in between.
You need a National Park Pass if:
Yes, absolutely. The Icefields Parkway is open in the winter for travel and sightseeing.
Frozen waterfalls and snow laden-peaks make the Icefields Parkway a stunning winter experience.
Parks Canada does a great job of keeping the roads clear. However, you should pack extra winter gear (coats, snow pants, blankets, mitts, toques) and a shovel as a precautionary measure.
Stay within the posted speed limit as many animals, like big horn sheep and mountain goats, come down to the roadway.
Snow can be expected at any time of year and extreme weather is common in winter.
Worth it? The Icefields Parkway has been named One of the World's Most Scenic Drives by National Geographic and Conde Nast Traveler. Those are pretty solid endorsements!
If you want to hear some traveler's reviews, visit the Icefields Parkway on TripAdvisor.
A great swath of sensational country awaits you between Jasper, Alberta and Lake Louise, Alberta along the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) - the spine of the Canadian Rockies Mountain range.
Named for the Columbia Icefield and the density of glaciers visible along the route, the parkway bowls along for 232 kms (144 miles), passing through long, forested river valleys cradled by walls of dazzling peaks
Before you embark on your Icefields Parkway journey, a little bit of planning is recommended.
The Icefields Parkway starts a few kilometres past Lake Louise, 45 minutes west of the town of Banff traveling west on the Trans Canada highway #1. When you pass the village of Lake Louise, you will turn off on Highway 93 north, the Icefields Parkway.
Everyone who travels the Icefields Parkway is seeking a different experience.
Are you into hiking? check out the best hiking information
Looking for the most popular stops? check out these popular stops on the Icefields Parkway
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Interested in wildlife viewing? check out wildlife
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. Known as highway #93, it links Lake Louise and Jasper.
Traveling the Icefields Parkway is best done by taking it slow. Staying
in Jasper, Lake Louise or Valemount, BC, is the best way to make the
most of your Icefields road trip.
It's even better when you can save big on hotel stays by booking through this collection of Rocky Mountain hotels at either end of the Icefields Parkway.
Click here for hotels in Jasper, Lake Louise, and if you are traveling west to Valemount, BC
The Icefields Parkway is part of the highway system and it is open year round.
It is not open to transport trucks or large commercial vehicles.
The Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre offers many components to help you discover the Icefields, as well as refresh mid-way on your Icefields Parkway journey.
There is a restaurant, cafe, ticket sales for the Icefield Explorer tour bus, the Glacier skywalk attraction, a Starbucks, and interpretive centre detailing the history and geological aspects of the Icefields.
Our Guide Map includes comprehensive travel information to reference along the way.