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“Memorable in every way”
Review of Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway
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Owner description: Scenic highway cutting through breathtakingly beautiful mountain passes.
Reviewed December 9, 2012

Highly informative, educational and unique (for us as South Africans). We did not have too much time to explore the The Icefields Information Centre as we arrived just in time to get one of the last snowcoach tours for the day, up and onto the glacier. Although expensive we saved a small amount by buying a combo-ticket to do the Sulphur Mntn Gondola ride in Banff, and the Icefields tour. Highlight was the unique 'vehicle' custom built for these rides, and the incredibly personal, personable and informative tour guide in our snowcoach. Other highlight was walking around, in icy weather, feeling like intrepid (fake!) explorers. Great photos. Visibility was poor by our standards but they assured us it was good for them! Geographically-speaking a must see, and a superb experience.

8  Thank SeadogCapeTown
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

We drove from the Lake Louise campsite in the early morning and enjoyed the view and drive along the way to Jasper NP. Don't miss the hike at the Parker Ridge trail just before the Icefield center. A herd of big-horn sheep was spotted at the end of the trail. Another place to meet the wild animals is along the driveway to the Maligne Lake in Jasper NP. Other highlights include Peyto Lake, Bow lake, Saskatchewan glacier, Mt. Edith Cavell and Athabasca Falls. It's been a long day since we have to head back to Lake Louise. The sunset at the Icefileds Parkway is awesome!

6  Thank Pipilin
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

we hired a motorhome as part of a month long holiday and travelled from Banff to lake louise and jasper. the whole trip was excellent. we didnt see as much wildlife as we expected but it was still amazing. we hadnt booked any camp sites as we didnt want to be rushed, but found you could stay in the overflow car parks and lay bye's if you could manage without hook ups for a night or two. we actually stayed at the Icefield visitor center overnight in the car park and woke up to the sight of the glacier. Awesome ! we took the trip up the glacier on the 6 wheeled buses which was amazing (take an empty water bottle and fill it up with pure Glacial water running through the ice) Mosquitoes were a problem for me, got bitten to death, so long trousers, tops and mozzie repellant were essential wear. plan to do it again though next year.

8  Thank sallyslapcabbage54
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

Wonderful, literally every mile a world class view. Summer driving was a pleasure and well worth it. Plenty of places for scenic stops but make sure you have provisions with you, especially if like us you were taking young children, as quite rightly so there are no shops or garages on the way!

3  Thank VARH
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

We drove from Banff up to the Icefield Center and back and really enjoyed the drive. The road is popular and when we visited in summer was fairly busy with tour buses but it was still really pleasant and the number of stops along the way offer some great views. Some of our favourite stops which we would recommend are:

• Crowfoot Glacier – Viewpoint on the roadside to the stunning glacier.
• Bow Lake – Attractive lake near to the road, here you can drive down to the Lodge and take a short walk along the waters edge.
• Peyto Lake - Stunning Lake, a short walk to the viewpoint is well worth it
• Mistaya Canyon – a 15 minute walk down to the Bridge from which you get great views of the Canyon.
• 93km – Sunset Pass and Sunset Lookout - Trailheads
• Weeping Wall – this is on the roadside and is very pretty at the right time of the year.
• Bridal Veil Falls – Viewpoint on the roadside to the waterfalls on the other side of the valley.

The views along the whole drive are stunning and if you don’t want to take any walks then the drive alone with the roadside viewpoints is really worth it. Take your time and enjoy.

6  Thank Sara_and_Paul
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