Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) Tours
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Every twist and turn of the spectacular 143-mile (230-kilometer) Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) reveals cloud-piercing peaks, valley-carving glaciers, teal lakes, and dense forests. Running from Jasper to Lake Louise, this scenic Alberta drive offers stunning views of the Canadian Rockies, with lots of roadside lookouts and trailheads along the way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Address: Icefields Parkway, Banff T1W 1J2, Canada
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Icefields Parkway (Highway 93)
The Rockies boast some of Canada’s most spectacular scenery, but the rugged mountain terrain poses a unique set of challenges. On this full-day sightseeing tour, enjoy round-trip travel from Banff and reach far-flung attractions including Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway in comfort. Stop at picturesque spots including Bow Falls and Moraine Lake, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 15 people.
Enjoy this full-day tour from Banff, visiting the Athabasca Glacier and the stunning scenery lining the breathtaking Icefields Parkway. This tour travels halfway along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, recognized as one of the top drives in the world passing numerous Rocky Mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, and emerald lakes. Your tour also includes round-trip transport from Banff, a mountain picnic lunch, Glacier Skywalk, and an all-terrain Ice Explorer tour.
Private Sightseeing Tours
See the vast landscapes, soaring mountains, and baby blue Lake Louise during this small-group, full-day, guided tour of Banff onboard a mini-bus. Experience driving on the Ice Field Parkway and make a stop at Lake Minnewanka keeping an eye out for elks and bighorn sheep. Lookout over the mountain town of Banff from high above at the Mount Norquay from lookout before stopping at Chateau Lake Louise to explore.
Nature and Wildlife
2 days local experience guided tour exploring the Jasper National Park! ☆ Guaranteed 1-night stay at Jasper Town ☆ Closer to see the Columbia Icefield ☆ 2 famous road trip- Canadian HWY#1 and Icefield Parkway
Nature and Wildlife
Classic 3-days guided tour exploring the popular sightseeing point in Rocky Mountain National Parks! ☆ Guaranteed 1-night stay at Banff Town and 1-night at Jasper Town ☆ Pick up from Calgary and Banff ☆ Save Time! Explore 3 famous National Parks, Banff, YOHO, and Jasper in Canada in 3 days ☆ Closer to see the Columbia Icefield ☆ Professional local tour guide and driver
Nature and Wildlife
Classic 3-days guided tour exploring the popular sightseeing point in Rocky Mountain National Parks! ☆ Guaranteed 1-night stay at Banff Town and 1-night at Jasper Town ☆ Pick up from Calgary and Banff ☆ Closer to see the Columbia Icefield ☆ Professional local tour guide and driver
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What's the best way to experience Icefields Parkway (Highway 93)?
The best ways to experience Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) are:
- Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
- Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff
- Private Tour of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 13 guests
- Jasper 2 Day-Columbia Icefield-Malgine Lake-Bow Lake(Calgary/Banff pick up)
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