The breathtaking stretch of road between Jasper and Lake Louise serves up many of the most rewarding travel experiences in the Canadian Rockies.
Unlike any other, the stretch of road from Jasper to Lake Louise known as the Icefields Parkway is dotted with more than 100 ancient glaciers, cascading waterfalls, dramatic rock spires, and emerald lakes set in sweeping valleys of thick pine and larch forests.
The abundance of wildlife in Jasper National Park and Banff National Park will have you peering around every turn. So take your time, stop for a hike to a breath-taking view point, capture that stunning photo to share with friends and enjoy a roadside picnic amidst the splendour of the Canadian Rockies pristine wilderness.
No drive is ever the same on the Icefields and that is especially true when one of the world's most scenic drives turns into a winter wonderland. A compelling stillness settles in on the Icefields Parkway in winter as it transforms in a beautiful drive of solitude and wonder. Roadside stops reveal ancient glaciers shifting and growling, and cascading waterfalls become icefalls. Snow-covered trails entice you to pull over and don snowshoes or skis for a peaceful winter adventure. It calls to winter's outdoor enthusiasts.
Around every turn on the Icefields Parkway reveals the bounty of nature's splendour; from the ancient glaciers at the Columbia Icefields to the mind-blowing colour of Peyto Lake, thundering waterfalls and viewpoints that extend for miles. The tough part will be choosing where to stop to take it all in. Click below for some suggestions.
Ranging from short walks on wide paths to four-hour half day excursions, some of the best hikes along the Icefields Parkway are just off the highway. Hike to a tea house for a refreshing cup of tea or enjoy a leisurely stroll to an alpine lake. These short hikes have been chosen for you to enjoy and allows you to jump back in the car and carry on. In the winter time, snowshoeing is a favored activity along many hiking trails.
Every moment spent on the Icefields Parkway offers a photographic driving tour through your windshield with stunning opportunities to capture the perfect photo. We have chosen some of our favorite photography spots but you never know when that big bull elk will appear or a band of bighorn sheep will be roadside. Have your camera ready and respect the environment.
Seeing wildlife up close and personal is often the highlight of a visit to the Canadian Rockies. There is something magnificent about seeing a mother bear with her cubs, or a band of bighorn sheep gathered together. Wildlife are often moving about in the early morning and later in the day. Please remember to give wildlife their space – for your protection and their survival.