The Icefields Parkway is 227 km of mountain road built almost parallel with the Continental Divide. That’s why they say a drive on the Parkway is like driving on the backbone of the North American continent. The Icefields Parkway, named after the Columbia Icefields, is also known as Highway 93. From the TransCanada (Hwy #1) /Highway 93 interchange just outside of Lake Louise, the highway travels through Banff National Park for 122 kilometres. The rest of the Icefields Parkway traveling north, including the Columbia Icefield, is situated in Jasper National Park, Alberta.
Highway 93 is a north south route that travels through the western Unites States, into eastern Canadian Rockies of British Columbia, traverses the Continental Divide and ends in Jasper, Alberta. But did you know that Highway 93 boasts the Icefields Parkway but also shares its route with famous tourist destinations in the United States such as the Hoover Dam and Freemont Street in Las Vegas?