Icefields Parkway Touring
The breathtaking stretch of road between Jasper and Lake Louise serves up many of the most rewarding travel experiences in the Canadian Rockies, many say; in the world. Many people start their journey in Jasper, Alberta in Jasper National Park and head south to Lake Louise, Alberta in Banff National Park, via Highway 93. It is often said that touring the Icefields Parkway in both directions, north and south, offers the best experience with different views and increased opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Start planning your Icefields Parkway sightseeing experience and visit the Highlights page for information on the best Icefields Parkway photos, hikes, points of interest and learn about the wildlife you will see.
Get to know the iconic Rocky Mountain communities of Jasper and Lake Louise on this site as well as the Columbia Icefields. If you intend to bookend your Icefields Parkway tour by visiting both Jasper and Lake Louise check out these Tour Itineraries for special offers and packages on Jasper and Lake Louise hotels.
The Gentle Giant of the Rockies
As a mountain town, Jasper is relaxed and unpretentious with good food and drink, as well as endless outdoor wilderness at your doorstep. It's an outdoor sports lover's playground, with hiking and golfing in the summer and skiing and ice canyon walks in the winter. Jasper is the world’s largest dark sky preserve making for stunning star gazing. Year round festivals and events celebrate the diversity of Jasper National Park, its heritage and mountain culture.
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.
Pure Alpine Awe
Lake Louise is for those seeking the purest of mountain experiences. It is a special place to connect with nature and the Canadian Rockies landscapes. 40 minutes west of Banff, Lake Louise offers majestic wilderness without big crowds, as well as independent and locally owned restaurants, shops and boutiques. In addition to famous Lake Louise, the areas mountain side tea houses are a must visit in the summer. Winter time sees the popular Ice Carving Festival in January and World Cup skiing at Lake Louise Ski Area.
Prepare To Be Amazed
A stunning and timeless span of Banff National Park and Jasper National Park wilderness await you along the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93). Named for the Columbia Icefield and the density of glaciers visible along the route, the parkway bowls along for 232 kms (144 miles) and is book-ended by the iconic Canadian Rockies destinations of Lake Louise and Jasper. One of the world’s most spectacular drives deserves extra time and a bit of planning. We have composed some great summer and winter itineraries for you to make the most of your sightseeing visit to Icefields Parkway.