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Icefields Parkway

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Driving, Biking
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Owner description: Scenic highway cutting through breathtakingly beautiful mountain passes.
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Richmond Hill, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Although we saw many beautiful places on our trip from Toronto through NW United States to Victoria BC and return through western Canada, this was by far the best. We drove from Banff to Jasper and back over 2 days. This road is amazing with it's mountains, glaciers and incredible blue green lakes. Each mountain is a different shape and... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

good experience to drive there but you don't have to drive all the way from Banff to Jasper. Good part is between Banff and Lake Luise. Spend time at these places.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We have been on this highway once before going from Banff to Jasper. We reversed it this time and we were not disappointed. The day we traveled there were clear skies and all the mountains were out and ready to be admired. This is a beautiful trip and lets you enjoy the beautiful areas of this park in Canada. This... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This trip was overblown. the journey to the ice field is done on a strange big wheeled bus specially made to do the trip and you are taken to this bus via a standard coach. But the icefield journey does not seem worth all the effort! Standing on an ice pack only half way up a snow slope and able... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

There are just so many stunning natural attractions and places to stop along the Icefields Parkway it's almost difficult to understand it's all natural and not some manmade tourist strip. How you can just drive along an almost straight road and have so many beautiful attractions on both sides of the road the whole way is mind-blowing. The road itself... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We couldn't imagine how this drive could possibly live up to the hype, and as we drove it at the end of our 15 day trip we thought we'd already seen the best scenery the area had to offer. The drive completely surpassed our expectations - it is absolutely spectacular and we loved every minute. Given that it was August... More

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Pecatonica, Illinois
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142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

You really can't explain how spectaular this drive is, but it is scenery to enjoy and treasure. Don't rush it, and stop often to view, hike, and savor. The day we drove from Calgary to Jasper, views were foggy and there was lots of rain. The next day, we saw turquoise lakes, snow capped mountains, bears, and amazing scenery. This... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

It's just one beautiful lake after beautiful mountain after beautiful river, etc. Plan for numerous stops.

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180 reviews 180 reviews
93 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I know the presenters of the BBC's Top Gear show are always prattling on about the best roads to drive but they are more concerned about the 'big-boy-toys' they are driving rather than the scenery. This road is absolutely fabulous but one that you should take your time with and enjoy the myriad of changing panorama's that flood your senses.... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Around every corner is another magnificent vista. We took the time to stop at Honeymoon lake as well a to take many photos. I remember commenting at the end of the day that I thought my eyes were hurting from all the staring at the magnificent mountains, lakes and glaciers. Highly recommended! Got the last of the good weather I... More

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