We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Picturesque drive through the Rockies”
Review of Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway
Book In Advance
More Info
US$211.44*
and up
Jasper to Banff One-Way Tour
More Info
US$1,054.50*
and up
Icefields Parkway Sidecar Ride and Champagne Helicopter Flight
More Info
US$184.93*
and up
Athabasca Glacier Full-Day Tour
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Scenic highway cutting through breathtakingly beautiful mountain passes.
Reviewed 8 July 2014

We took the Icefield Parkway on our way to Jasper National Park and it was stunning. There are also multiple lakes and canyons along the way for some incredible photo ops. If you're interested in seeing wildlife, you'll most certainly see some along this parkway - we saw a black bear, multiple species of deer and some mountain goats!

If you are driving, please pay attention to the road and don't speed! Due to the abundance of wildlife it is particularly dangerous to speed, so slow down, enjoy the view and stay safe!

Thank RN240134
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (1,440)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

730 - 734 of 1,440 reviews

Reviewed 8 July 2014

We camp every year along the Icefields Parkway, and although I have traveled extensively, I must say this is one of my favorite places in the world. Every year I lose track of how many times I say "wow"! If you only have time to drive from Lake Louise to Jasper, do it, the scenery is spectacular! There are many well placed pull outs, show casing the incredible lakes, glaciers and mountains, great spots for photos. There are also many well marked picnic areas, again, beside beautiful emerald and aqua coloured lakes, so peaceful! The Banff Park fees are just under $20.00 for the day, but well worth it.
I highly recommend that you take a couple of days though. There are so many incredible hikes, some are fairly easy, some are more difficult. There are hiking books available everywhere, well worth the purchase. Most give a very descriptive account of the hike, elevation gain, length etc., so it's easy to choose something well suited to your ability. Bear in mind, that even in July, some of the higher trails still have some snow, so wear good boots, and take a warm jacket!
There is a hotel at Saskatchewan Crossing, and hotels in Lake Louise and Jasper at either end. We camp, and there are many campsites along the road. Our favorites are Waterfowl Lake and Mosquito Creek. All have fire pits, wood, water and very clean pit toilets. There are no shower facilities or electric hookups to my knowledge. Lots of tourists rent motor homes in Calgary or Edmonton.
Some must see points of interest are Bow Lake and falls, Peyto Lake, Mistaya Canyon, Crowfoot Glacier, Athabasca Glacier, Athabasca Falls, and Sunwapta Falls. If you stop at the very crowded Columbia Icefield Interpretive Centre, you can take a ride up on to the glacier itself, or try the new glass bottom walk out over the glacier.
This past weekend we saw 1 moose and for the first time, no bears. That isn't typical. Usually the wildlife is plentiful. Be prepared to take lots of photos, but remember the wildlife can be very dangerous so keep your distance, or take pictures from the safety of your vehicle.
If you want a little peace and quiet away from the crowds in Banff and Jasper, take this drive. You will love it!

6  Thank Carolinetravels2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 6 July 2014

As part of our Rocky Mountaineer trip we bussed from Jasper to Banff. I don't need to repeat what other reviewers have said. Awesome is the right word correctly used (ie inspiring feelings of awe at the beauty and power of nature). We were blessed to have Al as our driver; he combines witty banter with a deep love of the mountains and enhanced the overall experience. In the words of Clarkson J. "achingly beautiful".

2  Thank thegrayghost
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 July 2014

Dont cheat yourself and miss this drive! Give yourself double the time Google says to allow yourself to stop at every pull off. Views are out of this world, tons of wildlife, and so many easy to difficult hikes to choose from to fit your ability. Make sure you stop everytime you see anything that perks your interest...along the riverbeds, down small winding trails...Pass up time in Lk Louise or Banff and give yourself a day to do this drive, you won't regret it!

4  Thank Cori N
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 July 2014

You drive on this parkway from Lake Louis to Jasper. We liked it so much that we backtracked and went back to see the things we didn't have time to see on the way up, I would even recommend going about halfway in one day if you have the time and stay in a nice lodge at the midway point. Walk up to the Althabasca Glacier but don't bother taking the Brewster Glacier walk. I would only do that if I couldn't walk to the glacier. See the Althabasca Falls . Peyote Lake is gorgeous with a fabulous scenic view. DO NOT miss the Glacier walk to Angel and Ghost Glacier. It is an easy trail and one of the most beautiful places on earth. The parkway has plenty of turn offs to see the views. You see unbelievable mountains the whole way, At every turn its hard to believe that there is one mountain even more beautiful than the last. And it goes on for miles and miles.

8  Thank Thorspecken
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Icefields Parkway also viewed

Lake Louise, Banff National Park
Lake Louise, Banff National Park
 
Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies
Banff, Banff National Park
 

Been to Icefields Parkway? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing