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Icefields Parkway Scenic Drive

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Banff National Park

Icefields Parkway Scenic Drive is a 141.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, road biking, and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length141.5 miElevation gain12847 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashKid friendlyNature tripsRoad bikingScenic drivingForestRiverViewsWildflowersSnow
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Beautiful drive with many places to stop along the way. Make sure your camera is fully charged - there will be lots of photo opportunities!

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Naga Darshan
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Scenic driving

One the best scenic routes!! Love it

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Selene B
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Scenic drivingSnow

Absolutely beautiful! Drove along this on Nov 06 in sunny and clear conditions, and Nov 07 in snowy conditions. Both times incredible, but of course the clear skies helps see the mountains better. On both days passed snowplows around 9am that were clearing up the roads. For most of the drive there is no signal (data or phone), so if you want to make stops along the way, I suggest downloading maps.me so you can still find scenic spots on the map.

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Rishi Bhatt
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Scenic drivingGreat!No shade

Latest Completion: September 4, 2020 The best and most scenic Highway/Parkway in the Canadian Rockies! So many gorgeous places to stop and many great hikes along the Parkway. It's the main way to travel through Jasper NP, and let's you explore Banff NP beyond Banff and Lake Louise. Seen bears here all 10 times I've been here. A drive that anyone who visits has to do!

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Pamela Dinh
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Scenic driving

I was stunned!!! Lots of wild life. A co-worker of mine suggested to take this route on our way to Calgary in 2016, so we did! If you are planning to go on a road trip to Calgary this summer, start from Jasper National Park-Banff National Park. A drive of a lifetime.

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Kandice Code
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Beautiful drive!! Even in the rain! Highly recommend. So many places to stop on the way! Lots of picture ops and hikes.

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Cheryl Trott
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Nature trips

Beautiful drive!

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Pamela Drews
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Scenic driving

Stunning views from low in the valley as you follow the river. Many sights to see! Best drive we have done yet!

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Gilbert Lee
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Scenic driving

Absolutely beautiful, lots of pit stops with magnificent sights and views

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Ryan Kole
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Scenic driving

I've driven it hundreds of times. I never tire of the views. Many places to stop along the way as well.

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Michelle Devereaux
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Hiking

This is an incredible drive, non stop stunning scenery, Lots of beautiful stops along the way. Do not miss this drive if you are visiting Banff/ Jasper.

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Vanessa Giron
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Hiking

Take as many opportunities to stop and see all the points of interest. You won’t regret it!

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Lauren Harkins
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Scenic driving

This is not a trail but a drive. If you plan on stopping at places allow for at least 12 hours. If you enjoy being in the car for a really long time this is for you. If you have seen the other big lakes in area and are able to do moderate or strenuous hikes I highly recommend spending your time elsewhere. It would be a good drive to do if you were staying in Jasper for a few days and then heading to Banff or Canmore.

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Ryan Driscoll
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Scenic driving

One of the best drives in the country and maybe the world. Make sure you fill up your tank when you get a chance. Its a long drive and there aren't many opportunities along the way.

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Anna Vafadar
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Scenic driving

mind-blowing drive! beautiful beginning to end, allow at least 10 hours to stop at the waterfalls and viewpoints on your way to Jasper!

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Mark Burrell
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Hiking

The nicest drive on the planet

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Niklas Nxploring
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Nature trips

One of the most scenic routes of the world! Definitely worth stopping at several lakes or view points like Bow lake, Peyto lake and many other small lakes.

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Pascal Adyns
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Nicest road ever

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Alex Graham
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This is too long to hike

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Jordan Petersen
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One of the most fulfilling and breathtakingly stunning drives of my life. A memory from 2016 I will always cherish.

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Vish VK
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One of the most beautiful drives with plenty of stops and activities throughout.

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Edward B
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Scenic driving

One of the most scenic drives in all of Canada.

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Mike Takes
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Road biking

Did this pkwy (+Bow River) over 4 days on my cyclocross bicycle. Started in Banff and finished in Jasper, staying at Morraine Lake Lodge, Num Ti Je lodge, Glacier lodge and Jasper Park lodge. Phenomenal ride. If you think the scenery is gorgeous in a car, plan doing it on a bike and enjoy a trip of a lifetime. Even Sunwapta Pass was enjoyable (looking back!).

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Gary Myers
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Hiking

Take the guided hike on Athabasca Glacier. It is awesome. Dress warm and tread lightly. Glad they gave us crampons. My profile pic is of my wife and me on this glacier.

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Dan Hale
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Some of the most stunning scenery in the whole world!

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Brian Bennett
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A beautiful drive with so many places to stop and see along the way!!

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Crysta Trask
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Wow! Gorgeous!!

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Bill Watson
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Scenic driving

Alberta’s Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North) is a world-class not to miss experience and one of Canada's national treasures. We traveled from Banff National Park through the heart of this Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, passing crystal blue turquoise mountain lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, and broad sweeping valleys. The parkway links Lake Louise with Jasper and you should expect to spend a minimum of three hours each way. One of the most beautiful journeys on the planet, this double-lane highway follows along the Continental Divide between towering rocky mountain peaks, and you might see big horn sheep, deer, black bears, and coyotes along the route. We saw a black bear run across the road in front of us. We also stopped at jaw-dropping Peyto Lake, where a short walk takes you to breath-taking views. At the Columbia Icefields just inside Jasper National Park is the Athabasca Glacier, where we walked on the glacier upwind against a driving, freezing sleet. You can also take a tour using a big snow cat further up onto the glacier and can purchase tickets at the visitor center. The Parkway is something you just can’t pass up if you visit Banff and the road is open. Enjoy!

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Gary Leck
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Jo F
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