Icefields Parkway
Icefields Parkway
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Scenic highway cutting through breathtakingly beautiful mountain passes.
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  • johnnnita
    Napa, California2,470 contributions
    DRIVING ON THE ICEFIELDS PKWY FROM EDMONTON AIRPORT
    Our drive initially was from Calgary Intl airport to Jasper our first day visiting the Canadian Rockies. Truth be told, there's way too much to stop and see along the way. So, it's better to spend time in both Banff and Jasper and take it all in with small group tours. THAT'S WHAT WE DID. That way, we could just take our time, enjoy the ride, and reach our initial destination in Jasper in reasonable time. We still were able to take in the beautiful lakes, streams, mountain ranges as we drove north. Luckily on this day (as well as all the rest) the skies were clear, the air was crisp, and a great start to our trip. We only stopped once for gas. Still, it was a great introduction to our Canadian Rockies road trip.
    Visited October 2022
    Written December 11, 2022
  • Ken B
    5 contributions
    Icefield Parkway Highlights
    The whole day was filled with new sights and sounds. After my wife and I boarded the Brewster's coach, Rob our excellent Tour Guide gave us a rundown of what we would be seeing during the day. He continued to highlight points of interest along the way. Brian our coach captain even squeezed in a few side trips to points of interest not originally listed in the itinerary. The lunch when we arrived at the glazier was delicious with plenty of food options. The Skywalk was a sight to behold hanging out over the canyon. We even saw some goats down below us. Next onto the Ice Explorer and up the glacier. What magic machines these vehicles are. The weather was very sunny with little wind, perfect for our visit. After re-boarding our coach we continued onwards to our arrange accommodation. I honestly could not find anything to complain about.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 3, 2023
  • Soumitra
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India5 contributions
    A must do trip on Paradise !
    Icefield Parkway on car is a trip of a lifetime. We got a clear day blue sky and early morning set off from Banff to cover Icefield Parkway till Athabasca Falls . Bow Lake, Peyto lake were stunning including Parkers ridge and Athabasca Glacier . Ideally one should stay a couple of nights at Jasper to make it more relaxing . Stunning views and pictures and memories of a lifetime .
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 5, 2023
  • Tavis444
    10 contributions
    One of the most beautiful places in the world: Lake Louise, Canada.
    Exquisitely turquoise Lake Louise with the mountains behind is one of the most beautiful places on earth. You can take a hike around the lake, and have dinner at Château Lake Louise. It was one of the most memorable vacations we have ever taken short of the Himalayas in Nepal.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 3, 2023
  • TennisStar602
    New Jersey611 contributions
    I drove almost this entire road except for the last eleven (11) miles. The views were out of a movie.
    Nearly all of the significant attractions of Banff National Park and Jasper National Park were off of the Icefields Parkway. In order to take a drive on this road, individuals had to purchase a cheap park pass for access. Both national parks were covered under the park pass. The money spent to ride this road was definitely worth the cost. I almost drove the entire road from Lake Louise to Jasper, but I had to avoid the last eleven (11) miles insofar as I needed to make my reservation at the Columbia Icefield! While this road was very long and time-consuming, I would definitely encourage people to take their time with the drives. The scenery could only be described as breathtaking, so I made many stops, and I took many small hikes.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 13, 2023
  • ldgp14
    Walsall, United Kingdom2,804 contributions
    Unbelievable road
    The Icefields Parkway is quite simply one of the best drives in the world, the views on the drive are stunning. We started at Lake Louise at spent 2 days on the road stopping off at Crowsfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Waterfowl Lakes, Mistaya Canyon on the way through to our overnight at Rampart Creek Campground. Day 2 we took in the Weeping Wall, The Big Bend, Columbia Icefields, Goats & Glacier View and Athabasca Falls before arriving in Jasper. Everyone should experience this road at least once in their lifetime!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 19, 2023
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California1,883 contributions
    A lot to stop off and see
    This is a road between Lake Louise and Jasper. We were on a tour and the bus went as far as Peyto Lake. It is well worth the drive as there is a lot to see even in the smaller stretch that we were on. The bus stopped at Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake and Peyto Lake, all very much worth seeing.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Steve R
    Bolton, United Kingdom466 contributions
    One of the most stunning drives in the world, not to be missed
    One of the most stunningly beautiful drives you could ever do. This trip is not to be rushed and if you can split it over three days that's ideal. It's a half day drive south to north but you will be stopping time after time to soak in the serenity and breathtaking views. Their are many places to park and go for short walks or hikes through the surrounding countryside each of which is more amazing than the last. The views are some of the most beautiful of any on the planet,  you will be left open-jawed and saying WOW at every turn. Picture this - the most beautiful countryside with an opaque turquoise glacial river winding through it, then add the ominous backdrop of jagged peaks and mountain top glaciers. You will never forget this route,  it's so beautiful that your time here will be a truly emotional experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written October 10, 2023
  • Phil N
    Cootamundra, Australia280 contributions
    A truly memorable trip with scenery second to none.
    We travelled along the Icefields Parkway with an organised trip with Brewsters buses. The trip included a walk on the Athabasca Glacier and lunch at the Altitude restaurant. Scenery was out of this world. Overall an experience to recommend to all our friends.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 11, 2023
  • RothburyLady
    Rothbury, United Kingdom159 contributions
    Sad to see the demise of a mighty glacier
    An astonishing natural feature that is fading fast. The informative signage was quite sobering showing the fast retreat of this once magnificent glacier. You can park quite close to the face of the glacier and walk to get great views, even though some of it is covered in dirt at the sides which isn't immediately obvious. Afterwards, go to the Chalet for a hot chocolate and a warming home made soup. For a captive audience, these cooks put on tasty food and good value too.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
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luv4phood
Marietta, GA810 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
This is a really beautiful drive through the Canadian Rockies. However, every viewpoint along the way is very crowded with visitors, even in September. There are lots of places to stop along the parkway to enjoy a quick view of a waterfall or a glacier. I would recommend picking one hike that allows one to get away from the crowded lookout points.
Written November 17, 2023
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,199 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
The Parkway encompasses a lot, overviews, trails, pullouts, the ice centre, glaciers and tourist spots. As a whole it is an experience that should not be rushed. Take it as it comes, with a plan because there are so many stops and "distractions" that you may not see all you like if you don't plan.
Written November 13, 2023
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CdnMink
Manitoba, Canada145 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Family
This was the 3rd time for us on the parkway, the first in 8 yrs. Besides some interesting waysides we enjoyed Athabasca and Sunwapta Falls, Athabasca Glacier, and Peyto Lookout in the day long drive through the parkway. You never tire of the raw beauty and it was noticeable how much the glacier had melted back in 8 yrs. This is a must see for nature lovers if anywhere near this area. I do look forward to a return visit in the future. It was amazing how many people were visiting in mid Sept, it felt like summer! The scenery is awesome with countless photographic opportunities.
Written October 15, 2023
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RothburyLady
Rothbury, UK159 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
An astonishing natural feature that is fading fast. The informative signage was quite sobering showing the fast retreat of this once magnificent glacier. You can park quite close to the face of the glacier and walk to get great views, even though some of it is covered in dirt at the sides which isn't immediately obvious.
Afterwards, go to the Chalet for a hot chocolate and a warming home made soup. For a captive audience, these cooks put on tasty food and good value too.
Written October 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Phil N
Cootamundra, Australia280 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Friends
We travelled along the Icefields Parkway with an organised trip with Brewsters buses. The trip included a walk on the Athabasca Glacier and lunch at the Altitude restaurant.
Scenery was out of this world.
Overall an experience to recommend to all our friends.
Written October 11, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Steve R
Bolton, UK466 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Solo
One of the most stunningly beautiful drives you could ever do.
This trip is not to be rushed and if you can split it over three days that's ideal. It's a half day drive south to north but you will be stopping time after time to soak in the serenity and breathtaking views. Their are many places to park and go for short walks or hikes through the surrounding countryside each of which is more amazing than the last. The views are some of the most beautiful of any on the planet,  you will be left open-jawed and saying WOW at every turn. Picture this - the most beautiful countryside with an opaque turquoise glacial river winding through it, then add the ominous backdrop of jagged peaks and mountain top glaciers. You will never forget this route,  it's so beautiful that your time here will be a truly emotional experience.
Written October 10, 2023
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Scott M
Sydney, Australia477 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
This was the highlight of the Rockies. Do all the main stops and on a clear day there is not a stretch of road on earth that is better.
Written October 5, 2023
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bdodan
Grand Rapids, Michigan48 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Family
A beautiful, easy drive with many places to stop and see nature or hike. I have traveled many places and this is one of the most breathtaking drives!
Written September 30, 2023
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,883 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
This is a road between Lake Louise and Jasper. We were on a tour and the bus went as far as Peyto Lake. It is well worth the drive as there is a lot to see even in the smaller stretch that we were on. The bus stopped at Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake and Peyto Lake, all very much worth seeing.
Written September 10, 2023
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WashingtonianNative
Fairfax, VA200 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Family
I strongly recommend doing this drive for the beauty of the drive itself but also as a means to getting to beautiful Jasper National Park. We stopped at the stops recommend to us: Bow Lake-beautiful; Columbia Icefield-meh; Glacier Skywalk-cool; Peyto Lake Viewpoint-so stunning but we did not hike to the summit. Too strenuous looking for us; Sadly missed Sunwapta and Athbasca Falls-somehow missed signs for these falls on our way to Jasper.
We expected to see wildlife but saw none. Make sure you have a full tank of gas and some snacks before doing the drive.
Written August 29, 2023
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