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“Great scenic drive and amazing lakes”
Review of Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway
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Owner description: Scenic highway cutting through breathtakingly beautiful mountain passes.
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 mtns in October were probably more spectacular then the mtns looked in June. But if you don't have the luxury of choosing it is still a must do drive while in Canada.

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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 hour of this awesome drive because I am embarrassed to say I feel asleep! We had been on the road quite a bit by this point, but I definitely took in all the highlights! Well worth the $20 park entrance fee.

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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 many US national parks and this was way more than even the 7 day pass for the Grand Canyon which has been the most expensive US national park weve visited. Im glad we saw the Icefields Parkway but if Canada charge this much for their national parks we would rather go south of border next vacation if we want to tour national parks which are just as spectacular!

Thank AJS1066
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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 binoculars if you're interested in wildlife as you'll see interesting water birds and raptors en route as well as bears, sheep, goats, and elk.

Stop often and enjoy the stunning scenery. Don't rush. Take a flask of tea/coffee and some snacks and enjoy it at one of the many magnificent places en route.

To be safe, as a precaution, fill up with petrol often and take warm clothes, food, water and a torch or candles if travelling at a time when it may snow, even if it's Spring.

Enjoy!

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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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