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Icefields Parkway
Every twist and turn of the spectacular 143-mile (230-kilometer) Icefields Parkway reveals cloud-piercing peaks, valley-carving glaciers, teal lakes, and dense forests. Running from Jasper to Lake Louise, this scenic Alberta drive offers stunning views of the Canadian Rockies, with lots of roadside lookouts and trailheads along the way. 

The Basics
While it’s possible to drive the whole route, from Jasper in Jasper National Park to Lake Louise in Banff National Park, in just over three hours, the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountain peaks inspire most visitors to spend a lot longer exploring the Icefields Parkway (also known by the generic name of Highway 93). Guided tours—which run from Jasper, Banff, and Lake Louise—allow you to forget about navigating and driving, and to focus entirely on the show-stopping scenery. Organized excursions along the parkway often include a tour of the Athabasca Glacier on the all-terrain Ice Explorer; visits to the glass-bottomed Glacier Skywalk; sightseeing stops at lakes, waterfalls, and glaciers; and, in some instances, guided hikes and walks. For a more novel way to explore the route, opt for a tour by motorcycle sidecar, or perhaps a helicopter flight that carries sightseers above the immense craggy peaks.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • If you’re up for a long but memorable ride, note that bicycles are permitted on the Icefields Parkway. 
  • In winter, the Icefields Parkway can become icy and treacherous.
  • Fill up your tank before departing Jasper or Lake Louise. The lone gas station on the road is open only during the summer season. 
  • There is no cellphone coverage along parts of the highway. 

How to Get There
The Icefields Parkway runs from Jasper to Lake Louise in Alberta. If you’re coming from Banff, take the Trans-Canada Highway 1 West and exit onto Highway 93 at Lake Louise.

When to Get There
Avoid the Icefields Parkway in winter, when conditions can be hazardous and facilities along the route are closed. Summer months are the busiest period, though even then, the route is rarely congested.

What to See Along the Icefields Parkway
The Icefields Parkway, which traverses parts of both Jasper and Banff National Parks, has tons of vistas and lookout points worth pulling over for. Among the many highlights are the Weeping Wall of Cirrus Mountain, where thin cascades trickle down like teardrops; the bright blue Peyto Lake; and the Columbia Icefield, after which the road is named. This colossal mass of ice and snow comprises several glaciers, and is the largest icefield south of the Arctic Circle. The Columbia Icefield Center offers the best views.
Address: Icefields Parkway, Banff T1W 1J2, Canada
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Rockies Classic 4-day Summer Tour

See Canada’s Rocky Mountains on a four-day tour. Starting in Vancouver, you’ll visit some of the top sights in the Rockies, including the Alberta mountain towns of Banff and Jasper, the Columbia Icefields, and gorgeous natural lakes and landmarks. Spend your traveling time playing games with your host, or choose to quietly take in the majesty of the mountains through the window of the coach.
  • Duration: 4 days
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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Jasper

Take an outdoor-lover’s odyssey along Alberta’s famous Columbia Icefields Parkway, stopping to enjoy incredible scenery and a ride on the Athabasca glacier, during this 5.5-hour excursion from Jasper. Drive along this incredible roadway, set among two incredible national parks, admiring glacier-fed streams, iconic mountains and local wildlife as you go. Then make a stop for a ride aboard the all-terrain Ice Explorer on the surface of the Athabasca glacier. This Columbia Icefields excursion also includes admission to the Glacier Skywalk attraction, buffet lunch and round-trip transport from select hotels in Jasper.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Premium 5-Day Rocky Mountains Tour from Vancouver

Let a professional coach driver do the navigating into the heart of the Canadian Rockies as you sit back and take in the glorious mountain views. On this four-night trip that departs from and returns to a convenient location in downtown Vancouver (near the cruise-ship dock), all of your overnight accommodations are included. Daily breakfast is also included, and your itinerary features plenty of free time to spend just the way you like.
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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

Enjoy this full-day tour from Banff, visiting the Athabasca Glacier and the stunning scenery lining the breathtaking Icefields Parkway. This tour travels halfway along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, recognized as one of the top drives in the world passing numerous Rocky Mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and emerald lakes. Your tour also includes round-trip transport from Banff, a mountain picnic lunch, Glacier Skywalk, and an all-terrain Ice Explorer tour.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Rocky Mountain Summer Explorer 4-Days

Getting around the Canadian Rockies on your own can be cumbersome, but a multi-day trip with a guide on hand makes it hassle-free. With an overnight stay at a rustic mountain cabin plus a night in Valemount and the charming town of Banff, this 4-day tour by deluxe coach takes care of your trip planning. Depart from Vancouver and return through Glacier National Park, with discounts on optional activities.
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Jasper to Banff One-Way Tour

Traverse the wilderness of western Alberta on this 10-hour Jasper to Banff one-way tour. Travel the famous Icefields Parkway with your guide and learn of the region’s colorful past. Discover top attractions including Athabasca Falls, Bow Lake, Crowfoot Glacier and the Weeping Wall. Take part in the Glacier Adventure tour on the Athabasca Glacier or ride the Glacier SkyWalk over Sunwapta Valley. Gain insight into Alberta’s geology at the Columbia Icefield Centre. Take a short walk to a scenic viewpoint for panoramic views, then conclude your tour in Banff.
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Jasper to Lake Louise One-Way Tour

Experience the best of the Canadian Rockies on this 10-hour Jasper to Lake Louise one-way tour. Travel along the famous Icefields Parkway with your guide and enjoy panoramic views over mighty glaciers, magnificent waterfalls and sparkling mountain lakes. Stop at top attractions such as Athabasca Falls, the Weeping Wall, Bow Lake and Crowfoot Glacier. Explore the Athabasca Glacier or take the skywalk over Sunwapta Valley. Discover the breathtaking beauty of Banff and Jasper, and finish your Canadian adventure near the rolling shores of magical Lake Louise.
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Athabasca Glacier Full-Day Tour

Discover the scenic beauty of the Icefields Parkway on this full-day tour to the Athabasca Glacier in the Canadian Rockies. Travel from Jasper en route to the famous Columbia Ice Fields. Walk through snow and ice on the glacier while your guide navigates crevasses and keeps you safe. Experience is not necessary on this alpine walk, perfect for beginners. All gear and transportation is included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Icefields Parkway Sidecar Ride and Champagne Helicopter Flight

The Jasper National Park boasts some of Canada’s most impressive natural scenery, but the only way to truly appreciate the views is from the air. On this tour, take to the skies for a helicopter flight and gaze out over the forests, lakes, and rivers with a glass of Champagne in hand. Capture the scenery on camera before your second adventure—a thrilling side-car ride through the Icefields Parkway.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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