Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park

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Take a drive on Icefields Parkway, a scenic Albertan road that connects Lake Louise with the town of Jasper. Built in 1940 and stretching for 230 km (140 mi), the highway runs along the Continental Divide and boasts stunning natural scenery. Among many scenic vistas, you can admire the vast Columbia Icefield and its array of glaciers, as well as the vibrant turquoise waters of lakes Bow and Peyto. Enjoy the views of imposing mountaintops, stop to see two picturesque cascades, and even spot a bear, elk, or moose along the way. Plan to see Icefields Parkway and other attractions that appeal to you using our Banff National Park online day trip planner .
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  • The drive from Lake Louise to Jasper is a two-lane highway through glaciated mountains with stunning views. We drove it north and south and were equally amazed going each direction, though most of the...  more »
  • I had not driven the Icefields route 93 North from Lake Louis towards Jasper for >30 years. The road is rough in many areas, but the scenery is first rate. We saw Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep on the s...  more »
  • Because of all the reviews I read on TripAdvisor about this road, we hired a vehicle so that we could take our time & see it all. Spring was late in Canada this year so all the many beautiful lakes we...  more »
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