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Address: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Activities: Driving, Biking
Description: Scenic highway cutting through breathtakingly beautiful mountain passes.
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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff

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Animals Abound

Allow plenty of time for this run and drive slowly as you never know what may be waiting to have their photo opportunity, we say Black Bears a Grizzly Bear dining on the dandelion... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2013
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Hyde, United Kingdom
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Hyde, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Allow plenty of time for this run and drive slowly as you never know what may be waiting to have their photo opportunity, we say Black Bears a Grizzly Bear dining on the dandelion heads five yards from the road, Elk, Deer and Bald Eagles what a great journey, once in a lifetime viewing, keep your eyes peeled, there is... More 

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auckland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

The trouble with this drive is that you just want to take pictures constantly. It is well worth the effort . We drove from south to north.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

When in the Rockies there is fantastic scenery everywhere - but this drive is a different league. This is a section between Banff & Jasper and does require some extra time for stops like the Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, a very high chance to see the Bears - depending on the season. besides these stops you see spectacular sights like... More 

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San Francisco
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

I never saw so many snow-covered mountain peaks one after another. Make sure you go when the weather is clear or you will miss the sight. If you are aware of one snow-covered peak as I am (Mount Shasta in California), picture a thousand of them, one after another and you will begin to understand what you will see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

A very scenic drive through the heart of the Rocky Mountains. We didn't see any wildlife though. The day before we drove from banff to radium and saw 3 grizzly bears and 4 black bears but maybe that was just luck... We have done the ice fields drive twice now once in October and once in June. The snow capped... More 

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San Francisco, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We made this drive in the rain all the way from Banff to The Columbia Icefiels. It took about 3 hours with one stop. The gorgeous mountain scenery was outstanding. The drive is worth it if heading to Lake Louise or further on to the glaciers. I was told to point out in my review that I missed approx 1... More 

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South Coast England
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

The icefields parkway is spectacular and definitely one of the worlds greatest drives but the park fees at the toll booth left us flabbergasted as they charge nearly $20 per day (I think for 2 or more people) so as we were travelling around the parks in the area for a few days was very expensive. We have travelled in... More 

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Lennox Head, Australia
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190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I was awestruck by the stunning beauty of this trip and I've been to Canada, including the Rockies, about half a dozen times. This must be one of the most beautiful drives in the world. And it looks quite different both ways so don't be concerned if you decide to return via the same route. Take a camera and your... More 

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Houston, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

The scenery was fantastic. Pack something to eat and make sure you have a full tank of gas because there is nowhere to stop for many miles. Make sure to bring your camera and plan to stop often to view the sights.

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Chennai
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

There are many breathtaking sights in the world but this highway has many of them packed into a single road - Highway 93 or the Icefields Parkway. Take the trip with Brewster; they have driver guides who are well informed and do their job well. Of the many moments that make this trip special are standing atop the Athabasca glacier... More 

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