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Icefields Parkway

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Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Jasper
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Scenic highway cutting through breathtakingly beautiful mountain passes.
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“beautiful drive” (89 reviews)
“peyto lake” (133 reviews)
“gas station” (16 reviews)
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 27 May 2011

As part of tree days stay in Banff National park we went on a day trip to the Columbia Icefield. We drove to Lake Louise (about 40 min) and stopped there only to get some advice and very useful brochures from the Info center. From...More

6  Thank Ottawa2008
Reviewed 8 October 2010

If visiting Banff, this trip is worth the day it takes to complete! Bow & Peyto Lake, & Athabasca Falls are beautiful beyond belief. if you don't have a full day, go at least as far as Peyto Lake and maybe the Athabasca glacier. The...More

8  Thank heidiho
Reviewed 27 September 2010

Icefields Parkway is the road between Jasper and Lake Louise and a little further on, to Banff. Jasper to Lake Louise is 233km and banff is another 60 on top. If you stuck to the speed limit and didn't stop then you could do the...More

23  Thank Travellover6128
Reviewed 19 August 2010

Can't say enough about the drive from Banff to Jasper. Incredible mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, wildlife, etc. Take your time. Allow time for stopping at the pullouts and maybe a short walk on some of the many trails.

2  Thank CrankyRob
Reviewed 17 August 2010

We just came back from a 12 day trip to the Canadian Rockies and this drive was clearly a highlight. Crazy wonderful views all up and down the parkway. Do yourself a favor if you're going to be driving it in the reverse direction and...More

12  Thank mjneenan
Reviewed 17 July 2010

Unbelievably beautiful country. The views along this stretch of highway were stunning. If you are staying at a hotel in Banff, book one night up in Jasper area. This highway is a days drive. We eventually turned around and went back to Banff because it...More

6  Thank Postalsaint
Reviewed 6 June 2010

This drive had some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever been lucky enough to see, and I would gladly do it every time I visit Canada. The mountains are spectacular, and the lakes have to be seen to be believed. Perfect mirrored reflections...More

5  Thank stuartg83
Reviewed 4 June 2010

The distance can be driven one-way in three hours, even with all the bends and low speed limits. Doing this would be absolutely tragic though; there is a different spectacular view around every corner and many many handy roadside view spots to enjoy them from....More

7  Thank BadgerCT
Reviewed 13 May 2010

The Icefields Parkway is one of the most interesting and incredibly beautiful drives we've ever done. We entered Alberta, Canada, then on to Banff National Park and Lake Louise. We left our motorhome at the RV Park and took off up the Parkway in our...More

17  Thank Sailorsgirl
Reviewed 28 April 2010

We have just returned from our holiday in Banff,we had heard so much about the Icefield Parkway that we felt we had to hire a car and do this drive. We are so pleased that we did... it was fantastic it was a perfect day...More

5  Thank tich
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8 August 2017|
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Response from Steve A | Reviewed this property |
No, not to get to the Icefields visitors center or the walking/hiking paths. As for seeing the icefields themselves, I believe you have to take a bus and can't do it yourself. But I would check with the park people to... More
Shell R
20 July 2017|
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Response from leonlafreniere | Reviewed this property |
The Trans Canada Hwy has fences along the sides and special crossover bridges to keep the wildlife off the highway to avoid accidents with vehicles. Consequently you won't see wildlife on the Trans Canada between Banff and... More
Sally F
6 June 2017|
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Response from Jeffrey D | Reviewed this property |
I love the Canadian Rockies and have driven the Icefields Parkway twice in both directions to and from Banff to Jasper . It's one of my favorite drives, particularly by motorcycle. However, the Athabasca Glacier has... More