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Icefields Parkway

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Scenic highway cutting through breathtakingly beautiful mountain passes.
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  • Very good11%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We spent a day driving from Banff to Jasper, then Jasper to Banff. The views from the road seemed COMPLETELY different when driving up, then driving back down! Definitely read through the other reviews for suggestions to see, but Moraine Lake and Bow Lake were...More

Thank Cecilia P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not only was the driving horrible we could not see more than 10 feet in any direction. What a bust. Supposed to be the best trip in the world but it was a disaster. Beware the accommodations in Jasper the park is huge and just...More

1  Thank Robin M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After reading some of the forums on TA about how much time to spend on Icefields Parkway, I feel sorry for some travelers who think a half of a day is enough. Are you kidding me? I've traveled some of the greatest drives in the...More

6  Thank Tigerman777
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We my family and I, stayed 3 nights in Jasper and drove down the Icefield Parkway to Banff. Firstly it is quite a long way and there are certain stops like falls etc you can stop off at, but apart from that quite boring )...More

2  Thank Dave M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful, fantastic scenic drive! The parkway is single-lane and not twinned, but it offers wide shoulders, and there are ample stretches with dotted lines to pass (though why would you? You're here for the scenery!). The elevation ranges from 1,200 m. to...More

2  Thank Keith-B-Robinson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have a day to spare when visiting the Banff and Jasper, be sure to do the Icefields Parkway. Stop at gorgeous lakes green with glacial flour, at streams tumbling through meadows, or roaring waterfalls all framed by breathtaking jagged peaks piercing the skies....More

1  Thank Carpediemsollasollew
Reviewed October 30, 2017

We drove down the Icefields Parkway in October 2017. The views are awesome and the route is great. But when the snow starts falling during the winter, the roads can become literaly an icefield. So, be carefull. However, it was totally worth the drive and...More

2  Thank Mike S
Reviewed October 24, 2017

This road should be on most people's bucket list, it's so scenic and fascinating. It can be driven in as few as 3 hours, starting in Banff, but a person really could spend a week or more exploring all the viewpoints and trails, so you...More

4  Thank BenLar137
Reviewed October 23, 2017

Whilst staying in Jasper, we decided to book with Brewsters on their Athabasca Glacier trip, as we wanted to spend time looking at the scenery rather than driving and queuing for tickets. We booked for a tour to the Athabasca Glacier from Jasper which we...More

2  Thank EatScouse
Reviewed October 19, 2017

Truly one of the most stunning drives you can take on earth! If you only have a few hours (or even 1-2 hours), it's worth venturing on the Icefields Parkway to take in the experience. Tough to photograph, and tougher to put into words – just...More

2  Thank Laura N
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August 8, 2017|
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Response from Steve A | Reviewed this property |
No, not to get to the Icefields visitors center or the walking/hiking paths. As for seeing the icefields themselves, I believe you have to take a bus and can't do it yourself. But I would check with the park people to... More
Shell R
July 19, 2017|
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Response from leonlafreniere | Reviewed this property |
The Trans Canada Hwy has fences along the sides and special crossover bridges to keep the wildlife off the highway to avoid accidents with vehicles. Consequently you won't see wildlife on the Trans Canada between Banff and... More
Sally F
June 5, 2017|
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Response from Jeffrey D | Reviewed this property |
I love the Canadian Rockies and have driven the Icefields Parkway twice in both directions to and from Banff to Jasper . It's one of my favorite drives, particularly by motorcycle. However, the Athabasca Glacier has... More