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Parker Ridge Trail

Icefields Parkway 93, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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Short hike to a beautiful view.

This is a short hike off the Icefields Parkway we did as a break between the Banff to Jasper drive... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sarah W
Top of the world feeling

Since this is a highly rated attraction, I made this as a 'must do' on my Rockies trip. On the way... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2017
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Icefields Parkway 93, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a short hike off the Icefields Parkway we did as a break between the Banff to Jasper drive. Pleasant walk to stretch your legs, and you get a beautiful view of the parkway and several glaciers from the plateau at the top.

1  Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Since this is a highly rated attraction, I made this as a 'must do' on my Rockies trip. On the way from Banff to Jasper, it snowed quite heavily so while I had a beautiful snow-covered view of the Icefields Parkway, hikes were off. Fortunately,...More

1  Thank catesoo
Reviewed 19 October 2017

The Parker Ridge trail is easily accessible from the Icefields Parkway, and a moderate climb. I didn't spend a lot of time getting to the top, but the ridge views are well worth pulling over for. Do it!

1  Thank Laura N
Reviewed 16 October 2017

We hiked the Parker Ridge Trail with my wife last September. Beautiful trail, beautiful view and the reward to be able to observe the glacier is really unique! We didn't know which trail to hike around the Colombia Ice field and it turns out to...More

1  Thank Tommy-Nature-Guide
Reviewed 10 October 2017

This had to be one of the highlights on our three week family vacation out west. Our family of five ( 10,12,14,43,50) made it up and back down in well under two hours. The view at the top is absolutely why you came to Western...More

3  Thank Lori034
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

The climb was short and not too difficult. It had snowed when we were here, so it took us a bit of time to make it up here. The wind was brutal above the tree line yet it was absolutely amazing. Really a must hike...More

Thank Immerenga
Reviewed 6 October 2017

The Parker Ridge Trail was a nice straightforward hike and did offer a great view of the Saskatchewan Glacier in the end stretch. it took us about 2.5 hours and the trail has great spots to relax and make it sort of like a picnic...More

1  Thank Chaitanya S
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Beautiful, breathtaking !! Go slow to avoid a speed violation ( 100 instead of 90 and 205 CAD fine) no mercy

2  Thank gokeAntwerp
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Amazing, relatively easy hike to a ridgeline overlooking the Columbia Icefields. The view of Saskatchewan glacier and the surrounding mountains was jaw-dropping... Definitely be prepared for whipping winds and even snow as you get to the top! Was definitely a highlight during our 10 day...More

1  Thank jaimesteffen24
Reviewed 1 October 2017

We nearly didn't do this trail but we met another couple who had done it and they couldn't recommend it enough. It had snowed overnight so this made the climb extra beautiful but also a little slippy and muddy in places. The views at the...More

1  Thank lolly888
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5 November 2017|
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Response from runsuerun60 | Reviewed this property |
It would be covered with snow. I️ believe they even close the road so it’s inaccessible.
23 August 2017|
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Response from Canada1vli | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see anything. And there were a lot of people using the trail. I didn't have bear spray with me either.
23 July 2017|
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Response from JML02118 | Reviewed this property |
It's about 180km from downtown Banff to the Parker Ridge trailhead. The official speed limit is 90km on that section of road, so depending on how you drive, it should take you at most two hours to get there if you don't make... More