Icefields Parkway Lake Louise to Jasper, Alberta

Lake Louise, Alberta

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The Icefields Parkway, stretching 230 kilometers (138 miles) between Lake Louise and Jasper through the heart of two world-famous Rocky Mountain national parks, is one of the premier mountain drives on earth. Once you’ve completed this drive it will be forever etched into your memory and most likely you’ll dream of returning again and again. As a bonus, the drive is easy and relaxing, unlike most mountain drives elsewhere in BC. Special attractions: Nonstop postcard-like scenery, the Columbia Icefield, Bow Summit, Peyto Lake, Mount Edith Cavell, frequent wildlife sightings, fully protected wilderness, and an excellent network of hiking trails and campgrounds. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Icefields Parkway: Lake Louise to Jasper, Alberta Professional Review and Guide

"The Icefields Parkway, stretching 230 kilometers (138 miles) between Lake Louise and Jasper through the heart of two world-famous Rocky Mountain national parks, is one of the premier mountain drives on earth. Once you’ve completed this drive it will be forever etched into your memory and most likely you’ll dream of returning again and again. As a bonus, the drive is easy and relaxing, unlike most mountain drives elsewhere in BC.

Special attractions: Nonstop postcard-like scenery, the Columbia Icefield, Bow Summit, Peyto Lake, Mount Edith Cavell, frequent wildlife sightings, fully protected wilderness, and an excellent network of hiking trails and campgrounds. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Lake Louise
Distance: 138
Season: Year-round, although winter can be hazardous
Local Contacts: Banff National Park, Jasper National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Icefields Parkway: Lake Louise to Jasper, Alberta

Recent Trail Reviews

7/2/2009
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This is one of our favorite hikes in Canada -- still a little snow in July. Amazing views/changes and scenery and overall top notch. This is our second year traveling to Yoho to do it. If you do the loop in 1 day -- the last 2 miles seem to last forever, but it's worth it.


8/16/2006
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Such a beautiful drive - and a plethora of incredible scenes along the way. All the stories you've heard about the beauty of this drive are true. There are so many scenic lakes just on the drive - however, a stop at Peyto lake is very worth the short jaunt off the parkway; you can't believe the view. Athabasca Falls near Jasper is a sight to behold; we made the trip from Canmore to Jasper and back easily in a day, and still had time for stop-offs... however, the more time you can exploring this area the better. We missed seeing so many things.


8/26/2004
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6/20/2004
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This road was the high point of my 2 week cross country motorcycle ride. The simple pleasure of the scenic road itself on the bike(plenty of opportunities to pass the RV's) alone made this a memorable experience. Along the road are diversions & distractions: the absolutely stunning Canadian Rockies with campgrounds, trails, wildlife and even a walk on a glacier right off the road. Watch out for elk and moose, especially up around Jasper. If you haven't had the pleasure of the Canadian Rockies yet, you owe yourself this ride.



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