Sometimes it’s hard to estimate driving time by just looking at a two-dimensional map.  It doesn’t take into consideration topography, traffic, climatic conditions and so on.  Here are some approximate driving times for some of the more popular routes in Western Canada:

  1. Calgary to Banff:  1.5 hours

  2. Calgary Airport to Banff: 2 hours

  3. Banff to Lake Louise: 45 minutes on the TransCanada Highway;  60 minutes via the Bow Valley Parkway (Hwy 1A)

  4. Lake Louise to the Columbia Icefields: 1.5 hrs

  5. Columbia Icefields to Jasper: 1.5 hours. 

  6. Jasper to Clearwater: 4 hours

  7. Clearwater to Kamloops: 2 hours

  8. Kamloops to Whistler, using the northern route, (hwy #1 to 97 to 99 and then south), would take about 4.5 hours. This is some serious mountain driving and there are very limited facilities on this route.

  9. Whistler to Horse Shoe Bay Ferry: 2 hours

Plan on some extra time when driving along the Icefields Parkway; there are lots of beautiful sights along the way and wildlife on the side of the road.  The nominal 3-hour drive from Lake Louise to Jasper easily can take the better part of a day.

Wherever you go add an extra 15 to 30 minutes if you’re planning on traveling during peak season (July and August).  Highway 1 especially can get pretty crowded as you approach Lake Louise, and the road narrows down to two lanes.

** Note:  The original information for this thread came from the following forum thread:  http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...