Icefields Parkway
Travel Tips

A great swath of sensational country awaits you between Jasper, Alberta and Lake Louise, Alberta 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), 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. We suggest heading out early to avoid the traffic and improve your chances of seeing wildlife. Follow our tips below and be sure to download the Icefields Parkway Planner.

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Mountaineer Lodge, Lake Louise

A great location in downtown Lake Louise, free hot breakfast and comfy rooms, are a few reasons why the Mountaineer Lodge is a hotel of choice. Offering a great selection of rooms and spacious suites, each accommodation includes pillow-top mattresses, duvets, flat screen TVs, fridge, microwave and free Wi-Fi.  Onsite you will enjoy the indoor hot tub, steam room, guest laundry area, ski waxing room and ski storage. At the Mountaineer Lodge, you are surrounded by Banff National Park’s spectacular wilderness.

Take Your Time

The Icefields Parkway is more than a drive, it’s a journey of a lifetime that deserves discovery. You can plan your trip in advance, since mobile service is not available, or you can be completely spontaneous and let the landscapes guide you. Download “The Parkway Planner” for comprehensive travel information to reference along the way.

Plan a Meal

There are few places to stop so pack a lunch or snacks before leaving. Lake Louise and Jasper have great bakeries that offer boxed lunches and fresh baked goodies. There are many fantastic picnic locations to enjoy a meal amidst outstanding vistas.

Food in Lake Louise

Food in Jasper

Fuel Up

Fuel up in Jasper or Lake Louise before starting out on the Icefields Parkway. There is one gas station at the Saskatchewan River Crossing Resort but prices are typically higher than in Jasper and Lake Louise. During the peak summer months there may be delays at the pump due to demand.

Bio Breaks

There are a number of locations en route for a bathroom break.  Most viewpoints along the Icefields Parkway offer a pull out area or parking lot with outhouse facilities for men and women.  The only facilities with running water are at the Icefields Centre and Saskatchewan River Crossing Resort.

UnPlug

There is no cell phone reception along the Icefields Parkway.  Banff National Park and Jasper National Park wilderness areas do not have cell phone towers.  Turn off your device and enjoy the views.  Download “The Parkway Planner” as your reference guide for the drive.

Safety / Winter Travel

The parkway is busy in July and August with up to 100,000 vehicles a month. It is mainly two lanes with occasional passing lanes. It minimizes grades and hairpin turns but you should look out for wildlife, and vehicles stopped on the shoulder.  Snow can be expected at any time of year and extreme weather is common in winter.  Check the road reports, pack extra clothing and drive within the speed limits.

Mount Robson Inn, Jasper

The Mount Robson Inn, a top-10 rated hotel on TripAdvisor, is a popular choice offering free hot breakfast and incredibly comfortable rooms.  All rooms and suites include pillow top mattresses, flat screen TVs, fridge, microwave, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. Make yourself at home and enjoy the year-round outdoor hot tubs, free hot breakfast, guest laundry facility, and ski storage. Located at the south end of Jasper’s main street, you can enjoy a short stroll to downtown for shopping and dining, and take in the majesty of Jasper National Park on your doorstep.