Icefields parkway connects Jasper and Lake Louise. The highway is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, wide glaciers and impressive valleys.
It is one of the most beautiful and famous roads worldwide: Icefields Parkway. Also known as Highway 93 North the route passes azure lakes, glaciers, waterfalls and the Columbia Icefield. The two national parks Banff and Jasper are crossed by the road, therefore many wild animals can be watched at the roadside. It is possible to pass the 232 km (144 miles) in three hours but it is worth taking some more time to enjoy all the highlights of the tour. It makes sense to plan one day for the trip. Offside the road there are many viewpoints, hiking trails or other points of interest which should be visited.
There are many deers, coyotes or black bears at the roadside. Wolves and grizzlies are rarer, so keep your eyes opened.
Rest StopSimpson's Num-Ti-Jah Lodge
Lake Agnes Teahouse
Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse
- Restaurants, accommodations and the only patrol station are closed between November and April.
- Check the road conditions in advance.
Tips, hints and links
A special Nature park pass is needed to drive on the Icefields Parkway, even if you don’t disembark the car.
- Coming from the east (direction Edmonton) follow AB-16 until Jasper.
- Coming from the west follow Trans-Canada/BC-1 E and take AB-16A from Connaught to Jasper.
Parking lots in Jasper