The Icefields Parkway - Canadian Rockies

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.

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.

Extend Your Stay

The best way to experience all of the wonders of the Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise and Jasper, Alberta is to make it a multi-day journey.  Book a stay at the Mountaineer Lodge in Lake Louise and a stay at the Mount Robson Inn in Jasper and save 20% on your reservations.  All stays include breakfast, Wifi and other hotel amenities.

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Mount Robson Inn, Jasper & Mountaineer Lodge, Lake Louise

Mount Robson Inn, Jasper

Mountaineer Lodge, Lake Louise