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Icefields Parkway (Highway 93)
Icefields Parkway (Highway 93)

Icefields Parkway (Highway 93)

Free admission
Icefields Parkway, Banff, T1W 1J2

The Basics

While it’s possible to drive the whole route, from Jasper in Jasper National Park to Lake Louise in Banff National Park, in just over three hours, the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountain peaks inspire most visitors to spend a lot longer exploring the Icefields Parkway. Guided tours—which run from Jasper, Banff, and Lake Louise—allow you to forget about navigating and driving, and to focus entirely on the show-stopping scenery. Organized excursions along the parkway often include a tour of the Athabasca Glacier on the all-terrain Ice Explorer; visits to the glass-bottomed Glacier Skywalk; sightseeing stops at lakes, waterfalls, and glaciers; and, in some instances, guided hikes and walks. For a more novel way to explore the route, opt for a tour by motorcycle sidecar, or perhaps a helicopter flight that carries sightseers above the immense craggy peaks.

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Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
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Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
$142.80 per adult
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Introduction to the Rockies
Our tour guide, Robbie, was a delight. Very informative tour. Amazing views of the lakes and mountains. The time spent in each spot was sufficient. I recommend this tour.
Mary_C, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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Highly recommend the Lake Louise and Icefields Parkway trip!
Chantal_S, Aug 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
The scenery is spectacular! A wonderful and stunning trip! Our driver was great and very accommodating!
star-5
Great Tour with Amazing Views!
JOHN_W, Aug 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
We completely enjoyed our tour with Robbie! He is very knowledgeable and we felt safe as he expertly maneuvered our bus through mountain roads and tight parking lots. Robbie took us to several places with amazing views! Great way to spend a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains!
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Rob our tour guide and...
LAURA_B, Jul 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Rob our tour guide and driver was great. Super informative. Great personality. Felt completely comfortable on the tour
star-5
More than just Banff and...
Mike_B, Jul 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
More than just Banff and Lake Louise. We covered other lakes and glaciers with the expert guide Robb. Full day that set us up for the rest of our trip. Awesome!
star-5
Worth it!
Chris_L, Jul 2022
Icefields Parkway: a Smartphone Audio Driving Tour
A great addition to our mountain drive! The audio tour was informative and engaging. Jefferson was a fun personality.
star-5
Excellent narration for a beautiful drive.
James_L, Jul 2022
Icefields Parkway: a Smartphone Audio Driving Tour
Excellent product. Interesting topics, good historical and geographical information, and made the drive more enjoyable. We liked the multiple choice questions and it made the listening more interactive. Great use of GPS to trigger the narration at different locations. Very worthwhile and a great value for the price.
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Fun day trip
Trina_R, Jun 2022
Banff & The Icefields Parkway | Small Group Active Full Day Adventure Tour
Had fun in this tour. Tia our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and gave us a lot of information on the trip. The time at each site was quick but it was enough to see main sites in just one day.. and our guide was flexible to see if we needed more time to stay.
star-5
Beautiful Excursion
Mary_P, Jul 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
The driving points between the lakes was short and there was plenty of time at each stop for some hiking and photo opportunities. Our driver and guide, Rob and Robbie, were interesting characters and provided a wonderful small group experience of the Bow Valley highlights. I highly recommend this tour
star-5
Beautiful views
Kathy_S, Jul 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
It was a very nice day. The views were spectacular. The tour guide was fruendly and knowledgeable about the area.
star-5
Love all the lakes
Mackenzie_B, Mar 2022
Banff & The Icefields Parkway | Small Group Active Full Day Adventure Tour
We had a great time with our guide, Dale. We were able to see a ton of sights in the 8 hours, and even beat the crowds to Lake Louise. Loved it overall, highly recommend
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Wonderful guides to amazing sights!
Mindy_B, Jul 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
We loved getting to see all the beautiful lakes with such informative guides. Robby and his Dad are so knowledgeable about the area! Our day was wonderful, organized, and we took amazing photos that look like paintings! Would highly recommend this tour while you are in this area! It was Fantastic!
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Great experience the...
Herman_G, Jul 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Great experience the guides were great and very informative the sight were breath taking loved the trip
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • If you’re up for a long but memorable ride, note that bicycles are permitted on the Icefields Parkway.

  • In winter, the Icefields Parkway can become icy and treacherous.

  • Fill up your tank before departing Jasper or Lake Louise. The lone gas station on the road is open only during the summer season.

  • There is no cellphone coverage along parts of the highway.

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How to Get There

The Icefields Parkway runs from Jasper to Lake Louise in Alberta. If you’re coming from Banff, take the Trans-Canada Highway 1 West and exit onto Highway 93 at Lake Louise.

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When to Get There

Avoid the Icefields Parkway in winter, when conditions can be hazardous and facilities along the route are closed. Summer months are the busiest period, though even then, the route is rarely congested.

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What to See Along the Icefields Parkway

The Icefields Parkway, which traverses parts of both Jasper and Banff National Parks, has tons of vistas and lookout points worth pulling over for. Among the many highlights are the Weeping Wall of Cirrus Mountain, where thin cascades trickle down like teardrops; the bright blue Peyto Lake; and the Columbia Icefield, after which the road is named. This colossal mass of ice and snow comprises several glaciers, and is the largest icefield south of the Arctic Circle. The Columbia Icefield Center offers the best views.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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